Sunday, February 22, 2015

Six Interesting Reads at the Drive-thru

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History
"Even the Harvard University Library, which is the richest university library in the world, sent out a letter to the faculty saying that they can no longer afford to pay for all the journal subscriptions". . . . institutions cannot afford access to current academic information. This is clearly creating a problematic situation.

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10 lessons from blogging everyday for a year (365:365)
3. Constant reflection is a blessing. I value the time spent thinking about how to be better, and how to make education better.  

Occupy Your Brain
This is not a paeon to technology; this is about what human intelligence is capable of when people are free to interact in open, horizontal, non-hierarchical networks of communication and collaboration.  Again and again as the digital revolution has progressed, non-hierarchical models of collaboration have been demonstrated to outperform the old factory-style vertically-controlled models. 

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward
Social media is another way for teachers to be transparent about what’s happening in the classroom. Teachers can even feed parents informed questions to ask their children at home, to continue and share learning that happens at school. With a little more knowledge about what happened that day, parents won’t be stuck asking the generic, “What did you do in school today?”

Minecraft Animal Habitat Reports using Explain Everything
The third graders recently finished their Minecraft Animal Habitats. They took screenshots of their habitats and then used the Explain Everything app to record a report where they told about their habitat. 

10 ways Google’s philosophy can guide teachers
Google sums up its philosophy in its “Ten things we know to be true.” There are great lessons for education in most (but not all!) of them.

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