Learning is Making

Dale Dougherty: Making is learning. Remember John Dewey’s phrase “learn by doing.” It’s a hundred-year-old educational philosophy based on experiential learning that seems forgotten, if not forbidden, today. I see a huge opportunity to change the nature of our educational system. I’ve been a growing supporter of the Maker movement over the past couple of…

Digging Deeper

29 years ago Dr. Seymour Papert wrote the text below.  It was recently shared again over at my daily dose of sanity, The Daily Papert. “I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.…

The Best Educational Ideas in the World – SXSW 2011

My friend and teacher has put out an all-call for help getting an important message out. Dr. Gary Stager has taught me a lot about learning, teaching, education and children’s “remarkable capacity for intensity”. I love that… capacity for intensity. I had the pleasure of attending the Constructivist Consortium’s Constructing Modern Knowledge last month where participants…

Gaming & Education

Today, I woke up, grabbed some coffee and settled into my ritual of reading my daily feeds of news and blog posts. First in my aggregator as this post by Sylvia Martinez related to gaming and education. My comments on her post were from the perspective of professional development and how sometimes we don’t think…

Local Over Global Network Building

I’ve been thinking more and more about the networks/communities we build using technology. My experience at Educon had me thinking even more about it as several of the attendees discussed building global networks vs. local networks. Reading about the Science Leadership Academy’s culture you’ll see that local communities of learners (educators included) without the focus…

eXperiencing cOllaboration

Friday, I had the opportunity to work explore the XO laptop with Bud Hunt. If you aren’t familiar with the XO you can learn more about it at www.laptop.org and at the OLPC wiki. We (my wife and I) decided it might be a good idea to contribute to the Give One Get One program…

Students 2-Oh (My Gosh)

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/gwQOyEwspKY” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Just came across this this morning as I was skimming some “tweets” on my Twitter network this morning. Arthus, posted that he was checking on and talking up Student2.0. I’m excited about this. I love the line “Watch out Edublogosphere… the silent majority is here” at the end of…

I have the Shifts

My mind is all over the place lately.  After NYSCATE earlier this week, I’ve been giving some thought to my focus lately.  My focus has been on connecting and networking online.  That’s good.  But I think it’s just one phase of the shift that educators need to work through.  It’s very much a journey for…

Seeing 20/20

When I read this local district’s vision I immediately thought of School 2.0. First, this vision was created for and by the entire school community. That is the entire community, faculty, students, parents, administration, local organinzations like the Chamber of Commerce, local experts from local universities and businesses totalling over 500 people. This community sought…

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