Archive for October, 2008

Two years ago, I watched a video produced by a high school class from somewhere east of here. What stuck with me the most was when the students said they needed to ramp down (technologically) when the got to school. Of course none of us has to look very far to confirm that statement. But things may be changing.

Although there have been a slew of articles reporting on the the shortcomings of K-12 schools in adopting technology, a new study commissioned by Cable in the Classroom revealed that large numbers of schools are incorporating technologies and encouraging its use for educational purposes among students.

The biggest increase has taken place in terms of student-created digital media. “”We are experiencing a sea-change in the extent to which teachers are employing mainstream technology by integrating new tools in their classrooms,” reports Dave Nagel, in his article in THE Journal.

This is good news.

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I just came back from a conference for the Academic and Student Affairs Officers of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. I heard the following book recommendations which I’m passing along to you:

  1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman (his latest book) 
  2. The Race Between Education and Technology, Goldin and Katz
  3. Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, and Michael B. Horn
  4. The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organisations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World by Peter M. Senge

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