Some thoughts about school 2.0

From Chris Lehmann

It’s really not about the computers. School 2.0 is older than that. School 2.0 is the tradition of Dewey. School 2.0 is born out of the idea that active, engaged, constructivist learning will lead to active, engaged students and people.It’s about the pedagogy.Too much educational software just attempts to turn these really powerful devices into the next version of the workbook. That’s criminal.Computers and internet technology should allow us create, to communicate and to research.

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International Polar year

International Polar Year

During International Polar Year (IPY), from March 2007 to March 2009, interdisciplinary research will be undertaken into climate change and the interactions of climate, oceans, ice, land, ecosystems and human society in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Teaching activities

Antarctic Dad (MP)
Getting to know the polar regions (LS)
Melting ice (UP)
Sea level rising in South Pacific (U/Sec)

More resources on Polar Regions and Antarctica

Vic schools a ‘war toy free zone’

Toy soldiers, model war planes and wrestling figurines have been banned in Victorian schools.
The ban is part of a move towards political correctness.
Primary schools and kindergartens are now “war toy free zones”.

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Here is a list of the web pages for teachers that I have just

Space
History and Timelines
Booklists
Values books
Ancient Egypt
Internet Research
Maths
Special days
Kindergarten Longer Read-alouds
Year Six Novels
Books for autistic children
Asia – General

“Replacing books with computers shows promise”

The Anchorage Daily News reports that at Wendler Middle School, Sixty seventh-graders have received free-to-use laptops. While the students can’t take the laptops home, they can take them into classes, use them for taking notes, and access wireless internet to assist with assignments. The theory underpinning the initiative is that if children have constant access to technology, they will read more often, learn better, and have fun while doing it.

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Six ed-tech trends to watch in 2007

Service-oriented architecture, ‘cloud computing’ among the developments sure to have an impact on educational technology in the coming year

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Education is …

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

More quotes related to education and teaching

Education 2.0: The next evolution of school software has arrived

Emergence of open technologies and open-source alternatives makes customizing school software a reality

By Corey Murray, Senior Editor, eSchool News

Aiming to customize their solutions to meet the individual needs of teachers and students, a growing number of school systems are ushering in a new breed of school software that relies on open technologies–whether it’s open-source software on their servers and desktops, or so-called Web 2.0 services available free of charge online.

Economics and advancements in technology are fueling this latest trend in school software, proponents of the movement say–but it’s also about customization, and the desire to employ a variety of solutions as users see fit.

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Some thoughts about school 2.0

From Chris Lehmann

It’s really not about the computers. School 2.0 is older than that. School 2.0 is the tradition of Dewey. School 2.0 is born out of the idea that active, engaged, constructivist learning will lead to active, engaged students and people.It’s about the pedagogy.Too much educational software just attempts to turn these really powerful devices into the next version of the workbook. That’s criminal.Computers and internet technology should allow us create, to communicate and to research.

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