Monthly Archives: October 2009

SKMBT_C55009101910560_0002

Using Alternative Assessment Models to Empower Youth-directed Learning

by Barry Joseph
October 23, 2009

  This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   Tashawna is a high school senior in Brooklyn, NY. In the morning she leaves home for school listening to her MP3s, texting her friends about meeting up after school at Global Kids, where she participates … 







read more
Tags: , ,
esthermug5

The Teacher is the Key

by Esther Wojcicki
October 23, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. Here is a pretty shocking statistic. More than 40% of teachers today are disheartened and disappointed in their jobs according to a study just released by Learning Points Associates. It is hard to be an inspirational, caring teacher if … 







read more
Tags: , , ,
vic-headshot

Breakthrough Learning from the Outside In: Four Policies to Accelerate Innovation in the Classroom

by Victor V. Vuchic
October 21, 2009

Victor V. Vuchic is Program Officer, Open Educational Resources The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation     Often when we think about innovation, we focus on lots of low cost rapid prototypes and bottoms up design driven approaches. You don’t often hear much about how policy could stoke innovation. Usually, people … 







read more
Tags: , , , ,
seggerman

The Promise of Games in the Public Interest

by Suzanne Seggerman
October 20, 2009

Suzanne Seggerman President, Co-Founder, Games for Change           Games can be used for A LOT of purposes – well beyond entertainment. And as they are a young medium, they are not often envisioned beyond their current contexts; we are all still just getting used to them. … 







read more
Tags: , ,
Emily Kirkpatrick and Sharon Darling from the National Center for Family Literacy

Technology and Family Literacy

by Emily Kirkpatrick and Sharon Darling
October 19, 2009

  We’re excited to participate in the  Cooney  Center’s upcoming Forum. Families of all socio-economic classes are using technology in their daily lives. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is on a quest to crack the code on helping families—particularly families struggling with low literacy skills—use technology to further education and their well-being. … 







read more
Tags:

Digital Connectors Will Build Today’s Communities and Tomorrow’s Leaders

by David L. Cohen
October 15, 2009

David L. Cohen is the Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. We are strong believers in investing in stronger communities, and we’re in the midst of one of our most exciting community investment initiatives ever. Building on our partnership … 







read more
Tags:
macklin2

The Outer Spaces of Learning

by Colleen Macklin
October 14, 2009

This post was originally published on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. In the recent Star Trek movie by J.J. Abrams we get to see what a 23rd century Vulcan school was like for young Spock. Hundreds of crater-like pods, with 360-degree projection systems, allow individual students to navigate through an … 







read more
Tags:

+1 Learner: How personal learning networks can transform individual teacher practice

by Lucy Gray
October 13, 2009

Lucy Gray, Education Technology Specialist Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education University of Chicago This post was originally published on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. Imagine a learning community for educators, a place where teachers can connect to the world. Teachers can pose questions and receive just … 







read more
Tags:
Ben Bederson, Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept. & Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Co-director, International Children’s Digital Library
University of Maryland

Write a Story On a Phone? Are you Kidding?

by Ben Bederson
October 12, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   Creativity continues to be an essential skill in the emerging creative economy. Since scientific and technological creativity are tightly intertwined with cultural and artistic creativity, developing tools for creative expression can help all members of society. … 







read more
Tags:
John Merrow, 
Education Correspondent, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Taking Down the Digital Divide in Schools

by John Merrow
October 8, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   I vividly remember a physician friend of mine, Dr. Karen Hein, saying that, for AIDS, asthma and other health problems, geography was destiny. She meant that poverty and the problems associated with it were key determinants … 







read more
Tags: