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silencing students

Student Voice, a cornerstone of “modern” education, is actually over a hundred years old. Dr. Dennis Harper describes Student Voice as “…giving students the ability to influence learning to include policies, programs, contexts and principles”. Student Voice can take many different forms in education. It can be as simple and “grass roots” as peer teaching or as formal […]

danah boyd is quite clear that teens use social media by default rather than design. Teenagers prefer to spend time together, face to face, but societal changes (e.g. schools outside their neighbourhoods, gated communities, stranger danger and curfew and loitering laws) make it difficult for them to “hang out”. They fill that gap with social  media, connecting online to replace […]

The US market for standardized student testing is BIG business. Connecting school funding to test scores through legislation has allowed large multinational corporations to cash in on a $2.5 billion industry. That figure may be an underestimate, as testing companies that design and grade tests also sell curriculum to “improve school performance” on the tests. One of the biggest testing companies […]

One of the biggest popular culture cliches around is the horror movie villain that won’t die. The other characters are unaware that the zombie, or the guy in the mask, isn’t really dead, so they let down their guard, opening themselves up for another attack and for gallons of fake blood to be sprayed across the screen. […]

In September 4th, 2014, LizSandals, The Minister of Education for Ontario, visited Dr. J. Edgar Davey Elementary School to announce the creation of a $150-million technology and learning fund. The money will be spent over 3 years and will be used to purchase tablets, software, cameras and other IT resources, to help schools share innovative teaching approaches and provide professional development […]

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