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Who Owns Student Inventions – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is an important case, regardless of the whole iPhone app context. It really highlights the changing context of student roles in education (and the lag in recognizing and adjusting to it.) Here's a brief quote: Today’s …

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Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com 

Headline reads: "To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test" Ah, you've got to love educational research. The only thing better is educational research as presented by the media. Forget the data, you really get to see how we imagine. Aside from the dramatic elements, and funky metaphors like "cement," we see how easy …

Posted 82 months ago by

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They Roam the Earth Again 

Yesterday was Three Kings Day, and for me it was an opportunity to revisit and reflect on a project I worked on last year. El Museo del Barrio commissioned the artist Polina Porras Sivolobova to create replacements for the Three Kings puppets they had used for decades in the Three Kings Day Parade. My primary …

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From The Chronicle of Higher Education – Stuff Happens 

In a spectacular demonstration of an institution really getting behind its faculty in the classroom, The University of Hawaii illustrates a professor's philosophical point that "stuff" happens, by firing his "butt." Any questions class? University Cans Cursing Philosophy LecturerDecember 16, 2010, 1:37 pmThe University of Hawaii at Hilo has told a philosophy lecturer who swore …

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Archiving the Educated Body 

Over at Teacher's College Historical Photographs, the Gottesman Library is making available a number of archival images from Teachers College's past. 450 photographs, taken by A. Fowler and others, document the architectural growth of the College and the academic and social life of its members over a century. They date from the late 1890′s through …

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Information Architecture: towards a collaborative library 

I've recently been happy with Mendeley's online reference management software. Like Evernote and Dropbox, it syncs up seemlessly across computers, browsers, and platforms, allowing you to keep your citations and PDF's at hand. But particularly interesting is their group function, which allows for sharing and collaboration. I've created a group for Edutecture, for anything exploring …

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Apocalypse Illustrated: an Educational Primer 

The blog BibliOdyssey, if you don't know it already, is a sort of book-porn for scholars. Or perhaps you are just pretending not to have heard of it... I bring your prurient attention to the Beatus Apocalypse spread: The term "Beatus" identifies a particular medieval manuscript, generally of Spanish origin, that contains a collection of …

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“The Flight of a Butterfly” or “The Flight of a Bullet”: The Impossible Dream of Transforming Teaching into a Science « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice 

Here's a nice little summary of the history of behaviorist education, dreaming of being a "Flight of a Bullet." “The Flight of a Butterfly” or “The Flight of a Bullet”: The Impossible Dream of Transforming Teaching into a Science « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice. Particularly interesting is the imagery. Here's my …

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KNOTS: the architecture of problems « LEBBEUS WOODS 

Here's an interesting lecture, using knots as a way of understanding architectural problems. Of course, the connection between knots/labyrinths and slums goes back to architectural beginnings. But I think we should be careful about how we take this up, in particular being critical of the notion that the critical solution to knots is untying them. …

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Kindergarten Revised – Dan Golden’s Version of the Froebel Forms… 

Dan Golden re-envisions the Froebel Forms. Only this time they are giant, freaky colored, and made of felt. While you are waiting you can pick up a carpet inspired by ADD medication...

Posted 86 months ago by

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Banning the D 

The New York Times is going to have to start a whole new section just for coverage of stories on all things Grade related. Perhaps if we consolidated them we could reach a critical mass of absurdity. Previously, you will recall, we had the Law School Shuffle. Now it's the High School Two Step:

Posted 87 months ago by

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Dramatic Crutches 

Bill Shannon can move. Wish I had this back when I was teaching Inclusion. Projected narrative: "when other people's projected stories about your own mundane, utilitarian task are so dramatic and incredible that it actually changes their day more than your actual act." I don't think it even takes "disability" for us teachers to be …

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The God Postulate 

From an interesting post by Maverick Philosopher... Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), The Future of an Illusion: "It would indeed be very nice if there were a God, who was both creator of the world and a benevolent providence, if there were a moral world order and a future life. But at the same time it is …

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Looking for Ideas 

I just came across this poem: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and the daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For …

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Vampires After School  ☆

Despite Vampire movies having a classic connection to high school, the proper genre for school is no doubt the zombie movie. The great fear is of the great unwashed, not the stylized identity politics of adolescent lust. That excess we can work with. It is the unturnable relentlessness of nobody being home that is the …

Posted 88 months ago by

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The Never Ending Story 

We live in the age of search. The question is not what is known, but what is next. Possible combinations. This video shows a machine that trawls patents, serving up an endless series of related patent drawings. But this is not so new, either. Georg Philipp Harsdörffer was fascinated, in the 17th century, by the …

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Everyone’s a Progressive These Days 

Here's an interesting post on the provenance of "progressives": Progressives at War in Schools and Classrooms. Larry Cuban writes: What contemporary progressive-minded teachers and administrators who continue to cope with the standards-based accountability and testing movement have to remember is that the deep well from which early 20th century progressives drank not only included John …

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Scott Adams Blog: Exobrain 

An interesting notion of our built environment as an extension of our brain. I find it both compelling and odd. Compelling because it breaths life into things that appear static while pointing to the relations that exist between us and our "stuff". Odd because, well, what do we know of our brains? Is this really …

Posted 89 months ago by

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In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That – NYTimes.com 

"Law schools solve unemployment by raising grades. Human resources departments declare it sheer genius, wondering why nobody thought to give them better applicants to work with from the beginning..." OK, I made that last bit up, but I tell you, it's a great day when you can't tell the difference between the New York Times

Posted 89 months ago by

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Diane Ravitch 

I've recently discovered that the After Ed blog has a short video of Diane Ravitch discussing her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. (See below.) It's worth taking a look. Not because of the content, which is much better served by reading the book, but as an exercise in …


Reposted from After Ed TV. Written by After Ed Team.

Education historian, Diane Ravitch, gives an overview of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

Posted 89 months ago by

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