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My Green School Dream

“Dyslexic, we’ve renamed prolexic.” John Hardy mentions about 10 minutes into his talk, and that kind of thinking is a big part about what makes the Green School so special. The architecture is beautiful, and the school is off the grid. However, anyone can build beautiful buildings – the approach that Hardy takes with the children – wanting to make them whole, is in my mind, what elevates the Green School to an amazing place of learning and growth.

What do you think of the Green School?


Bring on the Learning Revolution!

Great follow-up TedTalk by Sir Ken Robinson about what the education system needs today.

Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment. And it’s not enough.  Reform is no use anymore. Because that’s simply improving a broken model. What we need is not evolution, but a revolution in education – this has to be transformed into something else.

-Sir Ken Robinson

The Internet of Things

Just came across this via ReadWriteWeb and it got me thinking. From IBM’s Smarter Planet team, The Internet of Things is a 5+ minute video about data usage and how it is all becoming interconnected.

After watching the video, what are your thoughts? Do you think this an entirely positive direction we are heading? Will we continue to lose face to face interaction? How will this affect our future generation? Are we preparing them for this? Is society becoming too “big brotheresque?” Do people even care anymore if big brother is watching? Have we all become big brother, watching everyone else? Have we discovered that no one is doing anything truly interesting anyway, so why watch?

Did You Know 4.0

More great reminders from Scott McLeod, Karl Fisch, and Laura Belstler. Quote of the video by Ray Kurzweil:

“So what used to fit in a building, now fits in your pocket. What fits in your pocket now will fit in a blood cell in 25 years.”

Enjoy the video.

Are We Adapting for the Future?

Here’s an example of how magazines will be looking in the near future. This is the new Sports Illustrated magazine scheduled to be released sometime this year.

If this is the reality of the written word for today’s students, are we preparing them for a future of interactive paperless media, or are we continuing to teach in the same “sage on the stage” manner of yesteryear?
Will Richardson speaks of this need for shift eloquently in his blog post: I Don’t Need Your Network (or Your Computer, or Your Tech Plan, or Your…)

All too often we get hung up on the technology question, not the curriculum question. Here in New Jersey, every district has to submit a three year “Technology Plan” and as you can guess, most of them are about how many Smart Boards to install or how wireless access will be expanded. Very, very little of it is about how curriculum changes when we have anytime, anywhere learning with anyone in the world. Why aren’t we planning for that?

In short, what changes are around the corner, and are we ready for the shift? Are teachers arming themselves with the tools necessary to prepare students, and more importantly, are the methods changing to engage today’s learners and prepare them for a world of tomorrow? As 2009 draws to a close, I am filled with hope of things to come and excitement of the shift that I see happening around me. But at the same time, I am left with a bothersome question: Are we, as a system of educators, adapting for the future?

Did You Know 3.0

Here’s the latest version (2008) of Karl Fisch’s Did You Know video. Always a good reminder/eye opener.

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