George Lucas: Teaching "Communication"

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V.I. Houston Texas

Hi thanks for sharing this

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Hi thanks for sharing this information so interesting.
I studied Psychology in my Country and U.S. study computing.
After giving computer classes.
It was a very important time to see how I could share what I know.
Although for each dificil was very early times.

I did a lot of research and finally I get permission to teach computing to VI students were incredible achievements with CTRL-K for the blind.
Achievements were very interesting.
Well after fears of others came and said that professionals ought not be for VI students should only learn braille.
The fact that I'm very excited of Technology.
And i wold like to see changes in the Education

Hola gracias por compartir esta informacion tan interesante.
Yo estudie Psicologia en mi Pais y en EU estudie computacion.
Despues trabaje dando clases de computacion. Fue un tiempo muy importante al ver como podia compartir lo que yo sabia.
Aunque para cada uno esra muy dificl las primeras veces.

Hice muchas investigaciones y finalmente me fue pemitido enseñar computacion a los VI students fueron logros increibles con las CTRL K para los invidentes.
Fueron logros muy interesantes.
Bueno despues vinieron temores de otros profesionales y dijeron que eso no debia ser por que los estudiantes VI deben solo aprender braille.
La verdad me emociona mucho eso de la Technology.

High school World Language teacher at New Tech High in Napa, CA.

Project-Based Learning

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Dale, I believe that what you have described is PBL or PrBL, which are the mainstays of the New Technology Network. In theory, the NTN has almost got it right. Of course, whenever there are humans involved, there are always errors, but at least there are others in education who seem to be on the same track that we are on: you, Lucas, others and I. After innovation come mistakes; after the mistakes comes the learning; after the learning comes the future. That is why we continue to innovate, to err, and to learn: to be able to touch the future and then pass it on. Keep the faith and continue to breathe. We shall overcome!

teach peace education character development program

The Peace School

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As a teacher in a spiritual center I have been gifted extrodinary insight to the human spirit and how early character education , teaching life lessons, virtues and values to help youth identify themselves with their higher power within and how to succeed in life, bypassing all the negative influences and keeping them focused on thier goals of happiness, succeess, importance, and so on. I'm currently writing a handbook on the collection of lessons I've taught several years at the center. My original dream was to have a Peace School, which I still may open , but in the mean time my book will soon be finished and in the hands of other teachers empowering self discovery by finding buried treasures within to succeed in life. The book will have a drawing of the school and plans for my vision... May The Force Be With You... and me. Linda Rose

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Does Anyone Else See The Irony?

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... that a director never known for his ability to properly communicate with actors on the set of a film would be preaching to others about the importance of communication?

Folks, let's not equate wealth with wisdom.

Special education, science-math teacher, instructional coach

I could not agree with you

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I could not agree with you more, Mr. Lucas. After 33 years in education, I can safely say that No Child Left Behind has been stunningly unsuccessful in its mission, and we need more influential voices like yours reminding the education community that there is much more to learning than the very limited scope of the high-stakes test that continues to drive day-to-day instruction in most of our nation's classrooms. Edutopia offers me electronic respite when I feel discouraged and real hope for a more meaningful education for all students.

Mr. Lucas, It is true that

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Mr. Lucas,
It is true that all educational systems in America needs complete overhaul lest none of our children will ever be able to read past a 6th grade level. Those of us that are innovative in the classroom have been fired, laid off, or forced into retirement so we no longer upset the status-qo, (No Child Left Behind or as we call it "No Child Left With a Mind.")I am seeking a career with an establishment such as yours so we can raise the bar and get kids out of the classroom and into the sun.I would like to change, for example, Industrial Arts into Film Production.It would work well in New Mexico.

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Teachers who are doing exactly as you are suggesting and are being canned, laid off or forced into early retirement,like I was. I learned about your Foundation and agree the curriculum needs to change and that is why kids aren't being educated. I am seeking a career in such a Foundation as yours because it shows there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Ron Sease, Indusrtrial Arts Teacher

I teach everything to think critically...all balled up in one

When I started teaching, I

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When I started teaching, I made sure that vocabulary was a huge part of my art classroom environment, and related it across life. Kindergarten students learn about patterns in mandelas and flowers; first graders make sculptures from split logs; second graders a clay, scaled puzzle of Van Gogh and the list goes on. Now, As an art teacher in the elementary school, looking at loosing my job after five years, due to budget cuts, I feel a huge gap will be stretched even further in my student's learning. I have to agree with Mr. Lucas because I understand that our children are more interested in learning in a visual way, and that is due to our ever-changing visual world. But, when we eliminate this form of communication from the equation, their math and reading comprehension plummets. I also teach 9th grade English and find myself, more and more, wondering why learning what a verb is and why it's more important than scale, portraits or graphing, patterns in nature, classifying materials, or the history of our cultures (which is ALL based upon art - architecture, textiles, culinary, transportation, etc); what about the rhythm of how a story moves, or the way light moves through a spectrum, or the beat of a poem? aren't these all important to link everything in education together? Two thumbs way up George, but how do we change the minds of our government, our states, our school boards to realize the importance of critical thinking creatively and to save the most important, those that can not be tested on paper?

Comments from any one person

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Comments from any one person tend to be an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses as perceived by that person. The true potential of new forms of educating will come when we find a way to successfully communicate, in an engaging way, the material we want the student to learn.

One of the great strengths of electronic media is the potential to create a refined and effective lesson through collaboration and then share the product with a very large number of classrooms.

A short example would be to:
1. Decide what material needs to be learned.
2. Find the best teachers and most successful methods for teaching the material.
3. Produce a video that enhances the teachers’ ability to present the lessons.
4. Share the produced video with classroom teachers who are charged with teaching those same lessons.
5. Have the classroom teachers work with their individual students to the point of mastery of the material.
6. Move up to the next level.

It is easy to see in Mr. Lucas’ video that educators are very sensitive to change. This is usually because they are so often being told they have to try something different. The example presented here would be the teachers helping themselves. I think Mr. Lucas is right, students are much more in tune with the new media. We need to bring better electronic lessons into the classroom to assist and bring relief to teachers and help insure that all of the material is covered. These could not replace the personal interaction, understanding and constant evaluation teachers provide.

Of course much more needs to be said, but the best way to evaluate this idea is to invest in a model program. The first step is to recognize the strength of teachers and of electronic media and merge them at the highest professional level.

Jesus Rodriguez (not verified)


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I believe the point is that many more teachers should develop or have as a pre-requisite, an understanding of the visual and audio communication channels since they currently over-emphasize have teaching based on written communication. Art teachers do not own the visual and audio channels, rather they are currently on isolated islands as being experts in relaying thoughts by these.

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