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a group of educators discussing how technology and advances in psychology are changing the way we teach and learn.

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Episode #38, Pt. 2 of Learning and the Brain Conference

SaTP_38_Learning_and_the_Brain_pt._2.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) The World is Obsessed with Facebook, a staggering kinetic typography video on how much the world uses Facebook. - KB 2) Negative+Math+Stereotypes=Too few women TAT Women earned only 18% of all Computer Science degrees and made up less than 25% of the workers in engineering- and computer-related fields in 2009. These statistics stand in stark contrast to the gains they have achieved in law, medicine, and other areas of the workforce. 3) QuickCite TAT Scan your books. Rock your world. Need to cite a reference? Don't worry, we got your back. Just scan the barcode of a book and receive the citation in your email inbox. Main Topic: Learning and the Brain Follow-Up A Growing Trend for Dealing with WMDs* in the Classroom: Tech Breaks “If you keep tech away/off for 15 minutes, then we will have a short tech break” - Students don't fret about checking (and surreptitiously try to check phones, etc)... and they...

-1 s2011 FEB 27
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Episode #38, Pt. 2 of Learning and the Brain Conference

Episode #37, Learning and the Brain Conference

SaTP_37_Learning_and_the_Brain_Conference.mp3 Listen on Posterous 1) iPad passes Reed College higher ed test TAT (tuaw.com) Reed College took the Apple iPad for a spin in 2010 and was pleased with the tablet's performance as an educational tool. 2) A Dozen or So Reasons I Applaud Lamar High School for Ditching School Library Books by Lisa Nielsen TAT (Tech&Learning) Librarians, educators, and parents are up in arms after Principal James McSwain of Lamar High School in Houston, Texas ditched many of the books in his library and re-opened the facility as a high-tech Reading / Research Center & Coffee Shop this year. 3) Watson wins ‘Jeopardy!’ bout against humans KB http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/02/16/watson-wins-jeopardy-bout-against-humans/ Main Topic: Learning and The Brain - iGeneration: How the Digital Age Is Altering Student Brains, Learning & Teaching Tim's Tech Tidbit: Home networking, broadband connectivity and NAT (Network Address Translation) (wired vs. wireles...

-1 s2011 FEB 22
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Episode #37, Learning and the Brain Conference

Episode #36, NextVista.org and Rushton Hurley

SaTP_#36_Nextvista.org_and_Rushton_Hurley.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Introducing TEDbooks We're thrilled to announce the launch of TEDBooks, an imprint of short nonfiction works designed for digital distribution. Shorter than traditional books, TEDBooks run less than 20,000 words each -- long enough to explain a powerful idea, but short enough to be read in a single sitting. … Does this mean the dumbing down of reading? Actually, we suspect people reading TEDBooks will be trading up rather than down. They'll be reading a short, compelling book instead of browsing a magazine or doing crossword puzzles. Our goal is to make ideas accessible in a way that matches modern attention spans. … TEDBooks are available from Amazon.com as Kindle Singles. They can be purchased for $2.99 each, and can be read on any device equipped with the Kindle app: iPad, Mac, PC, Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows 7 smartphones. Gunn High School in Palo Alto http://gunnlibrary.tumblr.c...

-1 s2011 FEB 10
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Episode #36, NextVista.org and Rushton Hurley

Schools and Tech: episode #35: The State of the Union

SaTP_35_State_of_the_Union.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Kevin’s new Chrome Laptop 2) Internet Down in Egypt. Yahoo and Fox News - Thurs pm CAIRO – Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests. Jeff Jarvis on the Huffington Post Support for the Disconnected in Egypt 3) Keep All the Top Teachers - OpEd by Michelle Rhee, Sunday (Jan 22) - NYT (toward the end) - In his State of the Union address, President Obama should call for a federal law that would require states to help parents ascertain whether their children are getting the high-quality instruction they need to prepare for college and the work force. Parents who find that their children are not being taught by an effective teacher in a successful school should have the right to vote with their feet by choosing a different school. Now that 12 of the 50 states have laws that...

-1 s2011 FEB 10
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Schools and Tech: episode #35: The State of the Union

schools and tech: episode #34: Cal Leage of Schools PLC and Tech Conference

SaTP_34_Cal_Leage_of_Schools_PLC_and_Tech_Conference.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the week: 1) In Florida, virtual classrooms with no teachers - NYTimes MIAMI — On the first day of her senior year at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Naomi Baptiste expected to be greeted by a teacher when she walked into her precalculus class. “All there were were computers in the class,” said Naomi, who walked into a room of confused students. “We found out that over the summer they signed us up for these courses.” Naomi is one of over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools enrolled in a program in which core subjects are taken using computers in a classroom with no teacher. A “facilitator” is in the room to make sure students progress. That person also deals with any technical problems. 2) (On a related note) Bill Gates Says Tech Is The Key to Driving Down College Costs (3 min clip) “trying to provide a $200,000 education to every kid who wants it- and only technology ca...

-1 s2011 FEB 8
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schools and tech: episode #34: Cal Leage of Schools PLC and Tech Conference

schools and tech: episode #33

SaTP33.mp3 Listen on Posterous 1) Rethinking Advanced Placement NYTimes - KB “Next month, the board, the nonprofit organization that owns the A.P. exams as well as the SAT, will release a wholesale revamping of A.P. biology as well as United States history — with 387,000 test-takers the most popular A.P. subject. A preview of the changes shows that the board will slash the amount of material students need to know for the tests and provide, for the first time, a curriculum framework for what courses should look like. The goal is to clear students’ minds to focus on bigger concepts and stimulate more analytic thinking. In biology, a host of more creative, hands-on experiments are intended to help students think more like scientists.” 2) PBS Newshour - “Is Technology Wiring Teens to Have Better Brains?” - (10 min video) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june11/digitalbrain_01-05.html 3) KhanApp Offers Free Education To Go Education on-the-go is now easier thanks to Khan ...

-1 s2011 JAN 14
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schools and tech: episode #33

schools and tech: episode #32

SaTP32.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Teacher Ratings Get New Look, Pushed by a Rich Watcher NYTimes KB 2) Rethinking Bullying: Kids Don't See It As Bullying TechDirt TAT Danah Boyd, who actually studies social interactions online among young people, recently put up a fascinating post about how kids and adults seem to totally talk past each other on these issues, in large part, because kids don't think of these things as "bullying." 3) Edmodo Is a Social Network for Teachers and Students LifeHacker TAT Edmodo is a teaching tool modeled after social networks with a focus on communication and not merely distribution of information from the teacher and grade reporting -- Curiously, I just made an account on Friday, based on a recommendation from the PBS gang. Would use it for sure if we didn’t have moodle. -CT 4) Legislator Wants to Mandate Homework Help - TribStar - CT An Indiana state legislator intends to introduce a bill to require mandatory homework assignments for ...

-1 s2010 DEC 23
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schools and tech: episode #31: Charter Schools / College Admission Season Part 2

SaTP31.mp3 Listen on Posterous Special Guest - Ellen Masten, Academic and College Counselor Pacific Collegiate School News of the Week: 1) A world of misery left by bullying The Boston Globe - KB A dozen years have passed since Anthony Testaverde roamed the halls of Gloucester High School in fear. Yet the 29-year-old remembers the bullying like it was yesterday: the unsupervised locker room that flooded him with terror. The boy who held his arms while another classmate punched him. The day they slammed his head into a metal locker: “Why don’t you just kill yourself?’’ they asked. a growing body of research suggesting that the bullying experience stays with many victims into young adulthood, middle age, and even retirement, shaping their decisions and hindering them in nearly every aspect of life: education and career choices; social interactions and emotional well-being; even attitudes about having children. 2) In class, texting is the new doodling AP - KB The anonymous survey o...

-1 s2010 DEC 2
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schools and tech: episode #31: Charter Schools / College Admission Season Part 2

schools and tech: episode #30: College Admission Season Part 1

SaTP30.mp3 Listen on Posterous Guests Ellen Masten Academic and College Counselor Pacific Collegiate School and Michele Radcliffe, Director of College Counseling at York School News of the Week: 1) Thomas Friedman’s “Teaching For America” Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s NYT Honoring teachers as professionals, preparing & compensating them accordingly; role of parents - The more we demand from teachers the more we have to demand from students and parents. 2) Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction NYTimes Magazine “Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing,” said Michael Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston. And the effects could linger: “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.” Allison Miller, 14, sends and receives 27,000 texts in a month, her fingers clicking at a blisteri...

-1 s2010 NOV 29
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Schools and Tech: episode #29 The Federal Ed-Tech Plan

Schools_and_Tech_29_The_Federal_Ed-Tech_Plan.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) How Kinect Got an Autistic Kid Gaming (from Gizmodo) GamingNexus editor John Yan has a four-year-old son with a mild form of autism. The little guy's tried to play 360 and PS3 but has trouble getting a hold on the controllers. With Kinect, though, he was an instant pro. 2) Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills - New Scientist 3) Teacher’s Death Exposes Tensions in Los Angeles - NYT When The Los Angeles Times released a database of “value-added analysis” of every teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District in August, Mr. [Rigoberto ] Ruelas was rated “less effective than average.” Colleagues said he became noticeably depressed, and family members have guessed that the rating contributed to his death. A moderate voice of reason? - “Not including value-added measures is not acceptable,” said Yolie Flores, a board member of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “But it...

-1 s2010 NOV 17
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Schools and Tech: episode #29 The Federal Ed-Tech Plan

Latest Episodes

Episode #38, Pt. 2 of Learning and the Brain Conference

SaTP_38_Learning_and_the_Brain_pt._2.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) The World is Obsessed with Facebook, a staggering kinetic typography video on how much the world uses Facebook. - KB 2) Negative+Math+Stereotypes=Too few women TAT Women earned only 18% of all Computer Science degrees and made up less than 25% of the workers in engineering- and computer-related fields in 2009. These statistics stand in stark contrast to the gains they have achieved in law, medicine, and other areas of the workforce. 3) QuickCite TAT Scan your books. Rock your world. Need to cite a reference? Don't worry, we got your back. Just scan the barcode of a book and receive the citation in your email inbox. Main Topic: Learning and the Brain Follow-Up A Growing Trend for Dealing with WMDs* in the Classroom: Tech Breaks “If you keep tech away/off for 15 minutes, then we will have a short tech break” - Students don't fret about checking (and surreptitiously try to check phones, etc)... and they...

-1 s2011 FEB 27
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Episode #38, Pt. 2 of Learning and the Brain Conference

Episode #37, Learning and the Brain Conference

SaTP_37_Learning_and_the_Brain_Conference.mp3 Listen on Posterous 1) iPad passes Reed College higher ed test TAT (tuaw.com) Reed College took the Apple iPad for a spin in 2010 and was pleased with the tablet's performance as an educational tool. 2) A Dozen or So Reasons I Applaud Lamar High School for Ditching School Library Books by Lisa Nielsen TAT (Tech&Learning) Librarians, educators, and parents are up in arms after Principal James McSwain of Lamar High School in Houston, Texas ditched many of the books in his library and re-opened the facility as a high-tech Reading / Research Center & Coffee Shop this year. 3) Watson wins ‘Jeopardy!’ bout against humans KB http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/02/16/watson-wins-jeopardy-bout-against-humans/ Main Topic: Learning and The Brain - iGeneration: How the Digital Age Is Altering Student Brains, Learning & Teaching Tim's Tech Tidbit: Home networking, broadband connectivity and NAT (Network Address Translation) (wired vs. wireles...

-1 s2011 FEB 22
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Episode #37, Learning and the Brain Conference

Episode #36, NextVista.org and Rushton Hurley

SaTP_#36_Nextvista.org_and_Rushton_Hurley.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Introducing TEDbooks We're thrilled to announce the launch of TEDBooks, an imprint of short nonfiction works designed for digital distribution. Shorter than traditional books, TEDBooks run less than 20,000 words each -- long enough to explain a powerful idea, but short enough to be read in a single sitting. … Does this mean the dumbing down of reading? Actually, we suspect people reading TEDBooks will be trading up rather than down. They'll be reading a short, compelling book instead of browsing a magazine or doing crossword puzzles. Our goal is to make ideas accessible in a way that matches modern attention spans. … TEDBooks are available from Amazon.com as Kindle Singles. They can be purchased for $2.99 each, and can be read on any device equipped with the Kindle app: iPad, Mac, PC, Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows 7 smartphones. Gunn High School in Palo Alto http://gunnlibrary.tumblr.c...

-1 s2011 FEB 10
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Episode #36, NextVista.org and Rushton Hurley

Schools and Tech: episode #35: The State of the Union

SaTP_35_State_of_the_Union.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Kevin’s new Chrome Laptop 2) Internet Down in Egypt. Yahoo and Fox News - Thurs pm CAIRO – Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests. Jeff Jarvis on the Huffington Post Support for the Disconnected in Egypt 3) Keep All the Top Teachers - OpEd by Michelle Rhee, Sunday (Jan 22) - NYT (toward the end) - In his State of the Union address, President Obama should call for a federal law that would require states to help parents ascertain whether their children are getting the high-quality instruction they need to prepare for college and the work force. Parents who find that their children are not being taught by an effective teacher in a successful school should have the right to vote with their feet by choosing a different school. Now that 12 of the 50 states have laws that...

-1 s2011 FEB 10
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Schools and Tech: episode #35: The State of the Union

schools and tech: episode #34: Cal Leage of Schools PLC and Tech Conference

SaTP_34_Cal_Leage_of_Schools_PLC_and_Tech_Conference.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the week: 1) In Florida, virtual classrooms with no teachers - NYTimes MIAMI — On the first day of her senior year at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Naomi Baptiste expected to be greeted by a teacher when she walked into her precalculus class. “All there were were computers in the class,” said Naomi, who walked into a room of confused students. “We found out that over the summer they signed us up for these courses.” Naomi is one of over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools enrolled in a program in which core subjects are taken using computers in a classroom with no teacher. A “facilitator” is in the room to make sure students progress. That person also deals with any technical problems. 2) (On a related note) Bill Gates Says Tech Is The Key to Driving Down College Costs (3 min clip) “trying to provide a $200,000 education to every kid who wants it- and only technology ca...

-1 s2011 FEB 8
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schools and tech: episode #34: Cal Leage of Schools PLC and Tech Conference

schools and tech: episode #33

SaTP33.mp3 Listen on Posterous 1) Rethinking Advanced Placement NYTimes - KB “Next month, the board, the nonprofit organization that owns the A.P. exams as well as the SAT, will release a wholesale revamping of A.P. biology as well as United States history — with 387,000 test-takers the most popular A.P. subject. A preview of the changes shows that the board will slash the amount of material students need to know for the tests and provide, for the first time, a curriculum framework for what courses should look like. The goal is to clear students’ minds to focus on bigger concepts and stimulate more analytic thinking. In biology, a host of more creative, hands-on experiments are intended to help students think more like scientists.” 2) PBS Newshour - “Is Technology Wiring Teens to Have Better Brains?” - (10 min video) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june11/digitalbrain_01-05.html 3) KhanApp Offers Free Education To Go Education on-the-go is now easier thanks to Khan ...

-1 s2011 JAN 14
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schools and tech: episode #33

schools and tech: episode #32

SaTP32.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) Teacher Ratings Get New Look, Pushed by a Rich Watcher NYTimes KB 2) Rethinking Bullying: Kids Don't See It As Bullying TechDirt TAT Danah Boyd, who actually studies social interactions online among young people, recently put up a fascinating post about how kids and adults seem to totally talk past each other on these issues, in large part, because kids don't think of these things as "bullying." 3) Edmodo Is a Social Network for Teachers and Students LifeHacker TAT Edmodo is a teaching tool modeled after social networks with a focus on communication and not merely distribution of information from the teacher and grade reporting -- Curiously, I just made an account on Friday, based on a recommendation from the PBS gang. Would use it for sure if we didn’t have moodle. -CT 4) Legislator Wants to Mandate Homework Help - TribStar - CT An Indiana state legislator intends to introduce a bill to require mandatory homework assignments for ...

-1 s2010 DEC 23
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schools and tech: episode #32

schools and tech: episode #31: Charter Schools / College Admission Season Part 2

SaTP31.mp3 Listen on Posterous Special Guest - Ellen Masten, Academic and College Counselor Pacific Collegiate School News of the Week: 1) A world of misery left by bullying The Boston Globe - KB A dozen years have passed since Anthony Testaverde roamed the halls of Gloucester High School in fear. Yet the 29-year-old remembers the bullying like it was yesterday: the unsupervised locker room that flooded him with terror. The boy who held his arms while another classmate punched him. The day they slammed his head into a metal locker: “Why don’t you just kill yourself?’’ they asked. a growing body of research suggesting that the bullying experience stays with many victims into young adulthood, middle age, and even retirement, shaping their decisions and hindering them in nearly every aspect of life: education and career choices; social interactions and emotional well-being; even attitudes about having children. 2) In class, texting is the new doodling AP - KB The anonymous survey o...

-1 s2010 DEC 2
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schools and tech: episode #31: Charter Schools / College Admission Season Part 2

schools and tech: episode #30: College Admission Season Part 1

SaTP30.mp3 Listen on Posterous Guests Ellen Masten Academic and College Counselor Pacific Collegiate School and Michele Radcliffe, Director of College Counseling at York School News of the Week: 1) Thomas Friedman’s “Teaching For America” Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s NYT Honoring teachers as professionals, preparing & compensating them accordingly; role of parents - The more we demand from teachers the more we have to demand from students and parents. 2) Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction NYTimes Magazine “Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing,” said Michael Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston. And the effects could linger: “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.” Allison Miller, 14, sends and receives 27,000 texts in a month, her fingers clicking at a blisteri...

-1 s2010 NOV 29
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schools and tech: episode #30: College Admission Season Part 1

Schools and Tech: episode #29 The Federal Ed-Tech Plan

Schools_and_Tech_29_The_Federal_Ed-Tech_Plan.mp3 Listen on Posterous News of the Week: 1) How Kinect Got an Autistic Kid Gaming (from Gizmodo) GamingNexus editor John Yan has a four-year-old son with a mild form of autism. The little guy's tried to play 360 and PS3 but has trouble getting a hold on the controllers. With Kinect, though, he was an instant pro. 2) Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills - New Scientist 3) Teacher’s Death Exposes Tensions in Los Angeles - NYT When The Los Angeles Times released a database of “value-added analysis” of every teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District in August, Mr. [Rigoberto ] Ruelas was rated “less effective than average.” Colleagues said he became noticeably depressed, and family members have guessed that the rating contributed to his death. A moderate voice of reason? - “Not including value-added measures is not acceptable,” said Yolie Flores, a board member of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “But it...

-1 s2010 NOV 17
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Schools and Tech: episode #29 The Federal Ed-Tech Plan