The Daily Find: March 28, 2011


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Poughkeepsie Day School
Outcomes and results matter: But what’s with all the testing?
In a recent post at Raining Acorns, a Pennsylvania parent records what happens in March school testing season. She outlines the impact on the school schedule and the disruption to learning. Is it all worth it? Why all this time on test? Yong Zhao argues that this…[MORE]

Lorri Carroll
Digital media: New learners of the 21st century
Recently, the Technology Committee at Hamden Hall watched and discussed the PBS special:  Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century. This committee is comprised of faculty, staff and admin from all divisions….Here are a few things that resonated with me in this video “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century”:..[MORE]

Mark Crotty
Post-Race Commentary #1
This past Friday we hosted a screening of Race to Nowhere, followed by some discussion. I’m still trying to crystallize the essence of all I saw and heard. In most ways, it affirmed my thoughts in a pre-viewing post. The film provokes quite a visceral effect. When slapped in the face…[MORE]

Pat Bassett
Is Being a “Great School” Public Purpose Enough?
In the opening scene of The Social Network, the character of the young Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) has an exchange with his girlfriend that is so exasperating to her, she breaks off the relationship on the spot, telling him, “…you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know…[MORE]

Chris Bigenho
Twitter turns 5 today- A retrospective
5 years ago today…Twitter was born…Consider the following:

  • The very first tweet: “inviting coworkers by Jack Dorsey- 4:02 PM March 21st 2006
  • 2007, Twitter averaged 5000 tweets per day
  • Today, Twitter averages 140 million tweets per day…[MORE]

Rick Campbell/Stephanie Oberle- Tech.Enews
Bits and bytes to avoid computer chaos
The Scenario: You are in your classroom. You have found a great video either on the web (YouTube) or on a DVD. You want to show it, but it has ads or some inappropriate parts or it’s in a format that your classroom computers or even your computer cannot…[MORE]


Education Week
21st century pet rock
I just returned from COSN (Consortium of School Networks) and I also have been reading several Instructional technology magazines recently. The new “Pet Rock” seems to be adding avatars to instructional software. Just so we have a common definition, an avatar is…[MORE]

Pamela Moran
Are we ready to stop labeling ourselves digital immigrants?
The story: I had to see a new orthopedist this past week for an old knee injury. He pulled up my records from the referring physician and looked at them with me on his very large computer screen. Then, I was sent to imaging since he wanted to…[MORE]

Tom Vander Ark=
10 Reports on the Near Future of Learning
After you read Digital Learning Now, if you want to learn more about the future of learning, here’s a list of the ten most important reports for you to read…[MORE]

Tom Vander Ark
Open High School
Imagine “one-on-one tutoring for every student in every subject” and you get a picture of Open High School, a virtual charter school serving 250 Utah students in ninth and tenth grade expanding to up to 1500 students 9-12 next year…[MORE]

Behind the Scenes: How do you get into Amherst?
Admissions committees at selective colleges sometimes have to plow through thousands of applications to choose the members of next year’s freshman class. The committee at Amhest College in Mass., will accept only 1,000 of the more than 8,000 students who applied…[MORE]

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