My 25% PD
Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like every link you click on is perfect, makes you think, or say to yourself “Thank god….I’m not crazy”?
That was yesterday for me. I feel like yesterday I might have actually met my 25% PD Time. This is a series of blog posts that I started back in February of 2006 after I finished reading the Standards for Staff Development by the National Staff Development Council (looking over it again I see a lot of what Dan Pink talks about in his book Drive and motivation).
Anyway…here is the brain thumping blog posts, articles, research, and videos that I found yesterday that have my mind in a swirl.
2) Project Red: Do 1:1 Right or Don’t do it at all: ZDnet has a good take on this and it’s always great to have research that shows that 1:1 computing works when implemented correctly. I think this goes with Conrad’s video above about using computers the right way! Complete PDF of research here.
3) The Future will be Personalized: Techcrunch has a good article on what the future looks like and how technology will play a role in our personalization of information.
5:50: Is education an opportunity for Facebook? Zuckerberg responds that if someone builds a great application, there’s a huge opportunity.
We’ll see where this goes…and is this a call out to developers to build an educational app for Facebook? We’ll see what happens.
5) The 21st Century Learner: Sent to me by my IT Director this morning.
Now you can see why my head is spinning. If we’re looking at the future of education, there is a lot of stuff we can take away just from this one day spent on the Internet. There are so many possibilities and I would even say that many of us know it needs to change. So what’s the problem? I think Conrad Wolfram has a great visual at the end of his presentation that sums it up. We need something completely new, not just an improvement on education, a whole new idea on school and the possibilities we now have with the amount of information we have available to use today. I’m still thinking through this, but from the articles above I come away with this.
- include access to computer with educators who are properly trained in understanding how to use them.
- be student centered.
- be challenging, real world, and fun.
- be social not individual.
- process based not content based
Really…nothing new there…..so what’s our problem?