Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Worth Reading

Passing along a few interesting posts from the past few weeks.

1. Launching the Workshop School:  How technology can support radical redesign (Riggan)- how technology is leveraged at the newly opened Workshop School in Philadelphia

The sense that maybe schools teach the wrong things—or teach the right things in the wrong ways—is what gave rise to the Workshop School (the Workshop), a new high school in Philadelphia. The Workshop opened in September 2013 with an inaugural class of nearly 100 students in grades 9–12. The curriculum is organized around projects rather than subjects, and students build content knowledge through their project work. Equally important, they learn how to decide what work needs to get done and create a plan for doing it. They learn how to work together and to be aware of themselves inside the classroom and out—when they are at their best and when they struggle. This awareness is what helps them grow and self-correct. 

2. Making The Community The Curriculum (Cormier)- free ebook about rhizomatic learning.  In rhizomatic learning, knowledge is composed through connecting with others and in a sense sees the community/world as the curriculum.

Learning is a messy journey. We are all different, and we skip, slip and jump our way towards becoming knowers... towards creating our own sense of meaning in any discipline. The abundance of information we now have at our fingertips combined with the indefinite capacity for making new connections, has opened new avenues for structuring our classrooms. 

3. Are We Missing Something (Canales)- thoughts on creating and healthy and productive learning environment for all stakeholders

Which is why modern educational leaders have to be committed and (connected) if they are going to engage and acquire the learning and skills necessary to lead their organizations forward, especially at the pace of change that today’s society is pushing.  Which means moving beyond the walls of our schools, the walls of our districts, and even the walls of our state and country.  We have to take on a global perspective to learning.

4. CVHS Mosaic- One high school's view of redesign

And yet the mammoth institution of public education remains largely unchanged. To “do well” in school often means students must detach from real-world problems and opportunities in order to learn isolated and seemingly useless bits of information. Many teachers continue to simply lecture content to students, which completely ignores the ever-increasing number of verbal and nonverbal signals our students continuously send us. They’re practically begging us to stop and let them explore, discover, and connect in real, authentic, and meaningful ways. 

5. NASA's plan to build homes on the Moon: Space agency backs 3D print technology which could build base (ZOLFAGHARIFARD)- 

Creating structures in space that astronauts can live in has become a priority for Nasa.  With a manned mission to Mars on the agenda, and plans for lunar exploration underway, scientists are increasingly looking towards unconventional construction methods.  The most promising of these is 3D printing, which could make building a lunar home in space a matter of pressing a button and letting a robot do the work.

6. 50 Things 5th Graders Wonder (Reilly)- list a things a group of 5th graders are wondering about
  • Is the Earth be duplicated?
  • I wonder about this quote: "Oh, my dear Miss Everdeen I thought we agreed to not lie to each other.
  • Why do people say, "It's going to be okay," when it is not
  • What is beyond our universe?
  • How did scientists learn about the moon before traveling to it?
  • How many different worlds are there?

7. Ira Glass On Storytelling- and key creative lessons for schools (McIntosh)- Ira Glass speaks to ideation and prototyping

You can't just do ONE or TWO drafts of thinking; you have to make it double-digit drafting, prototyping thinking, gaining feedback and doing better next time.

8. Success In The New Economy- Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities. The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education.