November 14th, 2012

You a “Tenacious Oddball”?

Jaron Lanier:

Roughly speaking, there are two ways to use computers in the classroom. You can have them measure and represent the students and the teachers, or you can have the class build a virtual spaceship. Right now the first way is ubiquitous, but the virtual spaceships are being built only by tenacious oddballs in unusual circumstances. More spaceships, please.

Amen.

June 16th, 2011

Choose Your Own Brit Lit Adventure

I love this description of a classroom at my old school. Students are given the ability to direct their own learning as the teacher guides them each to the standards and objectives. Harder, no doubt, but better.

Meg’s class is run like a choose-your-own British literature adventure! Students move through literary eras together, but they choose their own texts and areas of focus. Students track their learning by basically writing their own learning plans. They identify standards they work toward, they write their own questions, and they identify their own understandings. Meg conferences with them, monitors their progress, and teaches them to question and reflect. I love this whole concept. It makes learning collaboratively differentiated and amazing!

(Source: maryannreilly.blogspot.com)

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