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  • Disruptive Innovation. It’s Coming... | Teaching Matters
    continues to improve and eventually leads the market displacing what came before Online Learning as Disruptive Innovation Horn offered school leaders food for thought when he applied this theory to the K 12 arena explaining that online learning is a promising disruptive innovation to note Online learning can make instruction more accessible and individualized therefore making learning more focused and efficient in meeting student needs Horn projected that online learning is no flash in the pan Two years ago he projected that by 2019 approximately 50 of high school courses will be taken online Today that once radical predication may be turning out to be too conservative In fact Horn thinks they will likely reach 50 ahead of 2019 Overcoming Barriers to Innovation As part of the forum principals had a chance to reflect with their peers on the theory of disruptive innovation and how they might find ways to experiment Attendees discussed ways to create discrete independent experimental spaces to seed innovative ideas in their schools without the pressure of worrying about the impact on the core program Horn provided principals an exciting list of areas that he believed were ripe for disruptive innovation beyond high school including some surprises like preschool Online Learning Has a Way to Go Not surprising given Horn s theory many principals complained about the quality of online courses today textbooks online that is all most of them are right now said one principal Horn spoke candidly to the principals telling them that they can influence the quality of the online learning available to students if they collectively demand it He indicated that state policies will have to reward actual learning not seat time if we want to incentivize the creation of transformative high quality online learning Simply rewarding seat time could lead to

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/disruptive-innovation-it%E2%80%99s-coming (2016-02-13)
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  • Students Speak Out! | Teaching Matters
    those who are passionate about the repercussions for what it means to be American Mayor David N Dinkins Young people have always been instrumental in the most important social change in our society On May 7th and May 11th 400 middle school students proved that they are ready and eager to join the discussion as well These amazing kids worked in groups to determine their positions on such issues as racial profiling gun control trials for terrorism and religious freedom to name a few They researched the issues Check out some of their incredible work below Right to Education for all End Sex Trafficking Immigration Campaign Sikh People s Rights Association Student Presentations At the events Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor David Dinkins addressed the students with some inspirational words Students then presented their media campaigns to NYC community activists representing the New York Civil Liberties Union the Brennan Center for Social Justice the Anti Defamation League Lambda Legal New Visions for Public Schools Public Health Solutions the National Organization for Women New York Law School Develop Don t Destroy Brooklyn and the Sikh Coalition as well as Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks Volunteers who provided feedback on their hard

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/students-speak-out (2016-02-13)
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  • Middle Schoolers Take Action on Civil Rights | Teaching Matters
    on bias based bullying in NYC schools Then the students broke out into groups of a few dozen across the street at Pace University and made 5 7 minute presentations on a civil rights topic they had researched and developed a campaign about The professional activists in the room then had the opportunity to ask questions give the students feedback on their campaigns and share our on the ground experience With topics ranging from healthcare for all to women s rights the presentations were thoughtful and used many forms of media to build awareness campaigns What really blew me away was that one of the groups of five non Sikh middle school students chose Sikh rights as their topic Using a great website they created the students gave an in depth presentation about the barriers to freedom and equality Sikhs in the U S face from employment discrimination to hate crimes The front page of the site states We chose to discuss religious freedom concerning the Sikhs It is important for people to understand that people are discriminating against other s religion which is completely mistreating each other as an equal and through an internet campaign we d like to do our part to fight against this injustice that still exists today What is it that would motivate five non Sikh eighth graders who go to a school with a very small Sikh population according to their teacher to choose Sikh rights as their topic out of all the hundreds of civil rights issues they could have focused on I asked them and their response was they read an article about the discrimination against Sikhs in the U S Army They thought that it was really unfair and started doing more research and realized that discrimination against Sikhs is a

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/middle-schoolers-take-action-civil%C2%A0rights (2016-02-13)
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  • Advancing Principals' Vision with Innovation Field Trips | Teaching Matters
    One Innovation Field Trip To best serve schools taking part in Teaching Matters Partnership for School Innovation we have been investigating the best ways for our school leaders to share and further their thinking Guided by the success of the Empowerment Support Organization and excellent advice from Nigel Pugh Deputy CEO of the Empowerment Support Organization and Lisa Nielsen Manhattan Office of Educational Technology Manager we decided to adopt a model for collaboration entitled Instructional Rounds in Education City Elmore Fiarman and Teitel 2009 The rounds process derives from grand rounds or medical rounds used in teaching hospitals to develop doctors diagnostic and treatment practice Not so different than what you ve seen on ER or Grey s Anatomy The model is based on the idea that practitioners solve common problems and improve their practice by working together Everyone participates from the experts to the novices and everyone learns The educational version of this process is called instructional rounds Teaching Matters developed its Innovation Field Trips by adopting rounds four key components Stating the Problem of Practice the leader in the host school poses a challenge core to instruction that school is facing this problem focuses the visit Observing Practice visiting leaders gather data on the problem of practice teaching and learning in classrooms Observation Reflection visiting leaders record observations and identify patterns of evidence Observation Debrief observations are processed next steps and solutions are discussed Using this framework we bring leaders together around core instructional issues that can be addressed through technology innovation For visitors this is an opportunity to get up close and personal to educational technology based practices and strategies that their colleagues are launching and that have potential for their schools as well For leaders in the host schools this is a chance to confer with

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/advancing-principals-vision-21st-century-instruction-with%C2%A0innovation-field-trips (2016-02-13)
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  • Is the iPad Coming to Your Classroom? | Teaching Matters
    Apple expert was that there isn t anything in place The device has to be tied to an iTunes account which initially has to be tied to a credit card Districts can t make large volume purchases with a software package pre installed It s all about individual customization Which I guess makes sense Just not for 5th graders So assuming they eventually figure this out what can an iPad do in a K 12 environment Being an open source advocate cheap sake I hate paying for software even if it is only a 99 app So I took a look at what you can get on an iPad for free Safari works great for the most part no flash support which is a nightmare for content providers However flash is supported if installed as part of an app So content providers will have to develop an app for their resources see above paragraph for the catch 22 Google has a great simple app for Google Apps for Education Mail Calendaring and Spreadsheets work great Docs do not you can t edit them The eBook reader is very nice experience The screen is large enough and the device light enough to read a long article without a problem It is somewhat bright but didn t bother me all that much There is a very good app gets you access to over 24 000 public domain classic books Educators can also download a variety of media apps NPR CNN NY Times and a variety of news outlets have apps Youtube Vimeo have apps for video and Wikipedia Worldbook for research Sesame street has a great app for young ones There are also a basic educational tools that could have interesting uses calculators including an impressive graphing calculator musical keyboards drawing mind

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/ipad-coming-your-classroom (2016-02-13)
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  • Incorporating Innovation into Strategic Planning that Will Enrich Learning | Teaching Matters
    technology need to drive the plan Technology can help meet these desired outcomes but tech in and of itself is should not be the defining factor For example a school goal could be formatted like this School goal for learners Specific technology used How will this accomplish the goal in ways not previously possible How will this enrich student learning Here are some ideas on how your school can get started on the road to developing a strategic plan for learning DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR LEARNING Develop a school strategic innovation team Ideally this team is comprised of teachers school leaders students and family Take a simple assessment Have team members come together to take a simple assessment to see where the school lies on the continuum of 21st century success This measures a schools success in five dimensions Infrastructure Hardware Software Networks and Tech Support Human Capital Teacher Effectiveness Curriculum Coherence Learner Centered Instruction and Digital Content Leadership Student Achievement Outcomes Here is a sample simple assessment Start the conversation Doing this enables team members to start a dialogue develop common language and begin thinking about areas in which they want to grow Select a dimension of 21st century success on which to focus After taking the simple assessment discuss and select a the dimension s on which it makes sense for the school to focus Determine where you are and want to go Once the dimensions are selected the team should determine the specific areas of focus using the Rubric for School Innovation to determine where the school currently stands and strategically make a plan for moving to the next level in the continuum Fine tune your focus Once the dimensions of focus and plan are discussed the team can work to create an innovation roadmap You can see samples here by clicking on any model school and looking at their roadmap This will be the school s guide for moving along the continuum of 21st century success There should be a lead writer assigned to drafting the roadmap but all innovation team members should be invited to the document Google docs works well as it may make sense to have certain team members take the lead on various parts of the roadmap Ensure innovation road map has an educator and student driven hardware purchase plan Your school has a hardware budget That doesn t mean that those not in specific classrooms should determine hardware purchases Educators and students don t like to feel imposed upon Instead excite teachers and learners by inviting vendors to share various possibilities with classrooms and encouraging teachers to write hardware proposals with input from students Let teachers and students partner to use the technologies The educator as the pedagogical expert and the students could server as a partner in using the technology effectively In my district we did this by selecting ten commonly use technology tools and invited vendors to join us Each teacher wrote a proposal for 1500 worth of

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/incorporating-innovation-strategic-planning-will-enrich-learning (2016-02-13)
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  • MTA Eliminates 19th Century Technology from Students | Teaching Matters
    of technology to advance education something I care deeply about the MTA is effectively eliminating the19th century technology that makes it possible for poor students to get to schools of choice the train The MTA has announced budget cuts that will eliminate the free metro pass for students requiring families to fork over 80 dollars per child per month think 240 dollars for a family of three to go to school Is this a pre Brown vs Board of Education policy or what Choice in schools is a fundamental part of the New York City education deal Students apply to middle and high schools and travel long distances to get opportunities not available to them locally The MTA s mission is not education Why then do they have control over this mission critical educational budget item The impact on poor students is devastating I for one would pay double for a metro card to see this cut taken off the table In fact the first student that reads this blog and proves that he or she can no longer afford to get to a school of choice because he or she can t afford it can get the metro card

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/mta-eliminates-19th-century-technology-students (2016-02-13)
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  • Google Wave and Schools | Teaching Matters
    a complicated application However after playing with it for a couple days my opinion is just the opposite So what is Google Wave The easiest way to think about Google Wave is to imagine real time email or a combination of email and instant messaging You can send and recieve messages just like email but if the person people you are writing to are online you can have a real time conversation with them They can even see your key strokes while you re typing On top of this tricked out email system they have added gadgets to enrich the whole experience These are embeddable tools that allow you to do such things as polling video conferencing even sudoku again all in real time There s even a playback feature if you want to visually see how the conversation took place So what does it do for Schools Teacher conferencing was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Wave The real time communication tools with the flexibility of email and an archive of the conversation could be very powerful However online conferencing tools could be used for a variety of things parent teacher meetings online debates class to class projects Wave combines a lot of means of communicating mixing together email instant messaging video conferencing polling file sharing all of which will have some great classroom uses So what s the catch At the moment Google Wave suffers from the same problem that Google Apps for Education does there is no student user By this I mean to point out that a user in both Google Wave and Google Apps are equal and have equal access and rights within the system So a student could start a conversation or a Wave with another student do all

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/google-wave-and-schools (2016-02-13)
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