January 12, 2006

What’s in Your Bloglines?

Due to the busyness of starting a brand new school division, my time to fully absorb and analyze my feeds, has been diminished.

So instead, I check the “Keep New” box and wait until I’ve fully considered the post. In some cases I even read the post but haven’t had enough time to wrap my head around them all.

So I thought I’d show you the articles that I’m thinking about. If you’ve written, written about or thought about these topics, please consider leaving a comment.

So in no particular order….

More Loose Change
Discussion about assessment and educational change. I just completed a presentation on assessment and I continue to struggle with presenting assessment ideas beyond the first impressions of standardized testing. David Warlick warns that one day students might say:

“No!”. “I’m not going to take your tests any more.“ I’’m not going to read your ancient textbooks any more. I’’m not going to listen to your boring lectures, fiddle with your ridiculous worksheets, or worry over your irrelevant grades any more.”

I addressed this somewhat in my last podcast on WYWWYW.

Merit Pay
Miguel’s post on a Houston school district offering incentive to teacher’s who have improved test scores. My first reaction is YIKES! Once again it seems to me that policy makers resort to the lowest common denominator in order to easily meaure something. Wesley Fryer’s recent podcast mentions “sucking the joy” out of learning with testing.

Student Laptops as a Menance

Recently I’ve become a strong advocate for one 2 one computing. I’m hoping to pilot some projects in my new division. This article addresses how one study questions the effectiveness of laptops since they cause so many distractions. Wesley counters the arguement with asking the question of pedagogy. Laptops without a change in traditional teaching and learning won’t make a difference. Laptops for students are for classrooms where students are empowered learners and teachers are smart enough to get out of the way much of the time.

Questions about Coffee and Education
I like this:

What drives us to pay $2 – $4 for a cup of coffee?

Is there something wrong with Folgers?

Here’s a secret. At the successful shops, coffee isn’t their business. Experience. Conversation. Networking. Quality. Story. Meaning. Design. Play. Service. Wireless. Comfort.

What does this mean for education? What can we learn?

These are a few of the things rattling around my brain.