Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Baker's Half-Dozen

Flickr CC Photo by Lesleyk
"If you're not astonishing the kids, they won't be astonishing you back!"

"The slow adoption of digital textbooks by students doesn’t necessarily mean that textbooks will be the last bastion of print. But it does highlight the ways in which students’ needs aren’t being met yet by digital content providers. That means there’s still a huge opportunity here to reshape what the textbooks of the future look like. Openly licensed content, for example, could address students’ concerns about sharing. Better social tools could help meet their needs for social reading and learning. Open educational resources could provide free content, while an iTunes model of sorts — one that sold the “song” (or rather the chapter) rather than the “album” (the whole book) could save students money." -- Audrey Watters

 "I sense in the dismissal of digital technology not just nostalgia but a firm idea that these people — African Americans, gays, women, Anthony Weiner, theater people, the 'perverts' on Twitter — should not be making culture."--Virginia Heffernan-

In case you haven’t noticed, lots of people want to “blow up education” right now. And the monied interests are going to have much to say about which direction education takes from here. I know I’m sounding like a broken MP3 here, but the question once again is whether or not the focus moving forward will be on learning or test taking. --  Will Richardson

If a student is passionate about a topic, doesn’t it make sense to have that student study, really study, professionals who who are also passionate? -- Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.” 
-- C.S. Lewis (via Colleen Rozman)

1 comment:

Pjacokessr said...

Change is never easy. Making it more difficult is the myriad directions said change can take. Too often in this country, we dip our toes in the water and go slowly in when we should just jump in the deep end and see if we survive. The truth is we will survive. The change needs to happen now, not later.

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