Thursday, May 29, 2008

Free Software, Computer-rich Learning Adventures & Alfie Kohn!

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Attendees get free software from Tech4Learning (Frames, Pixie, ImageBlender, WebBlender, Twist)and LCSI (MicroWorlds EX) in addition to four days worth of immersive project-based learning, world-class guest speakers and terrific social events.

Constructing Modern Knowledge

Hosted by Dr. Gary Stager
July 28-31, 2008
Manchester, NH

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Sponsored by The Constructivist Consortium and the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Games Teachers Play

We are cheating our students by turning reading into a game of dodgeball.

Perhaps there are many more distractions facing children today, but great teachers continue to create environments where their students want to be and to learn. The answer to bad teaching is better teaching, not another worksheet, get tough movement or quick fix. The sad truth is that schools may be better at destroying interest in a subject than inspiring it.

Read my new article about computerized reading comprehension systems and their threat to literacy.

The Games Teachers Play
in the April 2008 issue of District Administration Magazine.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

EdTech Bigwig in Big Trouble

I learned about this controversy from Susan Ohanian's web site, quoting the Washington Post.

Superintendent Porter is of course innocent until proven guilty and fighting the allegations against him.

Here is John Q. Porter endorsing COSN. Porter is also on the Board of Directors of COSN

Mr. Porter is also an advisor to ISTE and The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. He was a recent speaker at a conference sponsored by SIIA.

Here is a link to the profile of John Q. Porter that was published in District Administration in 2006.

Here is Mr. Porter's January 7th public response to the allegations against him.

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