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A lifelong learner. Ninety-seven-year-old Hal “Grandpa” Lasker was a commercial typographer in his youth, designing and hand-drawing letters to create new fonts for greeting cards to advertising posters. Since retirement, Grandpa’s learned to use his computer to create extraordinary, finely detailed, pixilated paintings. (The Pixel Painter, Vimeo)
“Twitterati.” Here is Anthony Jackson’s Continue Reading »
On May 29, 2010, University of North Carolina star defensive tackle Marvin Austin sparked an NCAA investigation into receiving improper benefits after he tweeted, “I live In club LIV so I get the tenant rate. bottles comin like its a giveaway.” On March 12, 2012—nearly two yeContinue Reading »
Undermining evolution. That’s one of the leading reasons that state science standards still don’t measure up, according to a new Fordham review. “In many states, evolution is weakly, incompletely, even erroneously presented,” the report notes. (Flypaper)
“In my old school, I never went to class.” Story Corps has collected oral history interviews of teachers. Many include the thoughts of Continue Reading »
A curriculum from the streets. A persistently low-performing high school in Los Angeles tosses its curriculum for one that is more centered on “democracy and community development.” Lessons and projects use data from local neighborhoods. (Zócalo Public Square)
‘Middle school cliff.’ New research sees not only a drop in student test scores for children who to go miContinue Reading »
Gone are the boring, one-size-fits-all professional development seminars for teachers. And the forever-long staff meetings that take up more time than necessary.
Well, maybe they’re not “gone,” exactly, but they’re being replaced.
Pinterest.com is an online pinboard of sorts, where members can organizeContinue Reading »
My sister just retired after more than 30 years in the classroom. She says that although her primary job was to teach students instrumental music, the lesson she taught most often was unrelated to key signatures and embouchures.
“Just because a thought is in your head,” she’d tell her students, “doesn’t mean it needs to come out of your mouth.“
ESEA continues. A number of amendments have been approved – and ditched – during today’s Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee meeting. At the time we posted this, senators continued to push through the stack of amendments still pending. An official count hasn’t been confirmed, although Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., did acknowledge that he cut his offers down to “seven or eigContinue Reading »
Saga: The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee meeting on the ESEA reauthorization was cut short this morning by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who objected by using a procedural, rarely used, two-hour rule. The rule does not permit committees to meet for more than two hours on days when the Senate is in session. Of the 144 amendments on the table, two and a half were conContinue Reading »
I held out for a long time, but finally joined the Twitter-sphere earlier this year. I tweet infrequently, but am really a big fan of Twitter feeds, which enable you to “follow” a large number of persons and easily scan education debates, ideas, news articles, and recent research.
But, as in any social medium, the rules are still unclear. In particular, I’m trying to fiContinue Reading »
Lost in transition? As some NYC schools close, some kids get lost in the shuffle. (Hechinger Report)
Miss yesterday’s hearing on for profit colleges? Catch the Twitter conversation here.
Can online learning work for students with disabilities? (Digital Directions)
Looking for ideas on how to use Google Wave in your classroom? (Online Degree) Tweet Continue Reading »