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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 […]

data_privacy

In our rush to embrace new technology in the classroom, we must also ensure that we are also protecting our students long term freedom. There’s really no point in teaching students to think and express themselves if we are, at the same time, creating a future where they don’t have the freedom to do so.

change

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 […]

Why I tweet

There’s been a recent explosion of educators using social media and blogging. Twitter “gurus” travel from school to school, lining their pockets by “keynoting” that twitter and blogs will transport us to a “21st Century” education system. Many of these new teachers are “connecting” through social media but they have no real understanding of why. Many educators in my own […]

testing classroom

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 […]

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