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Education Nation: Discussion of the six leading edges of innovation in ed.

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Dr Milton Chen (Edutopia senior fellow and exec director emeritus) and Anthony Armstrong (middle school teacher and member of the foundations national advisory council) will be presenting a webinar on August 26 on the topic of the six leading edges of innovation that were covered in Milton's book Education Nation.

This webinar will offer a bird's-eye view of the leading edges of change in education, plus practical tips for how to bring some of these innovations to your classroom.

Milton and Anthony will be available after the webinar to discuss these innovations here in this thread. Hope you can join us!

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EDream Designer and professional development trainer.

Thanks for opening this

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Thanks for opening this discussion. It is interesting to me because Dr. Chen's book appears to be all about exactly how I and most of my CTE fellows have been facilitating learning for years.

In my multimedia technology world it was not only easy but necessary. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Challenge Based Learning was simply a re-framing of Dewey's integration of head, heart and hand. Now we call it Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. It does require some specific re-thinking and myth exploding.

Webinar-Education Nation

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My two questions were not answered in the webinar, so I would like to have some one speak to these two issues:
1-If any one has started a PBL charter school, online or brick & mortar, how is it working and does it work well even if parents are not actively involved? Are the kids successful? How do you go about finding the right mix of teachers and administrators?

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Webinar Resources

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If you attended today's webinar, you may have noticed the wealth of resources shared. We'll be accumulating those resources here.

Here's a start:

1. http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation
2. http://www.edutopia.org/global-dimension-walter-payton
3. https://sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/eusd-iread/
4. http://www.edutopia.org/new-day-for-learning-two
5. http://www.edutopia.org/engineering-success-aviation-pbl-video
6. http://genyes.com/
7. Wikispaces (wikispaces.com): Ad-free wikis are available for educators. Click the “Help” link in the top right corner and then choose
“Teacher Tips.”
8. Educational Wikis (educationalwikis. wikispaces.com): Find examples of how numerous educators from various disciplines are incorporating wikis into their instructional practice.
9. U.S. History Teachers PB Wiki(ushistoryteachers.pbworks.com) by Angela
Cunningham - Essential questions and digital resources for U.S. History teachers
10. iTunes U - Search for the following Social-Studies-specific titles in the iTunes search field.
• Lit2Go
• Library of Congress
• Moments in American History
11. Additional Resources and classroom examples (http://web.me.com/armstrong.anthony/Inquiry_Resources/Resources.html): Anthony's web page listing resources and models for creating a culture of inquiry.
12. Favorite sources for multimedia curriculum materials:
•Library of Congress (loc.gov)
•iCue (icue.com), videos and student forums from NBC News
•TeacherTube (teachertube.com) video archive
•LIFE Magazine (Iife.com) photo archive
•HippoCampus (hippocampus.org), multimedia content from the Monterey
Institute for Technology and Education
•Compfight (compfight.com), a search tool for images

13.Technology and Information Literacy Standards: The following resources can be used to help guide and support the design and implementation of technology into your instructional practice.

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students (2007) (pdf): http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/NETS_for_Stu...
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers (2008) (pdf): http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/NETS_for_Tea...
National Educational Technology Plan (2010): http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010
National Council for the Social Studies Position Statement on Media Literacy: http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/medialiteracy
NCSS Technology Position Statement and Guidelines: http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/technology

Kindergarten teacher question

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How do we educate parents and encourage them to become co-teachers?? At the Kindergarten level most parents are just interested in day care, rather than the long view of building their child's future.

Stephanie Dolansky-Mahathey - Prog. Mgr./Teacher/Admin.

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I managed/taught an outdoor afterschool learning program in Weslaco, TX this past spring. How can we get more schools to incorporate using the outdoors as part of the classroom...not just for science, but all subjects? Stephanie Dolansky-Mahathey, Los Caminos del Rio of Texas, non-profit organization promoting/preserving the historical, cultural, and environmental heritage of the Rio Grande from Laredo, TX to the Gulf of Mexico.

Innovations?

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You speak with passion. But you don't speak innovation. Perhaps you just haven't been around long enough. 20 years ago I spoke of either/or and both/and. 20 years ago we spoke of globalizing the curriculum. And it wasn't that long ago that we talked about focusing on the whole child and the emotional/social curriculum. You're not talking about innovation. You are talking about reclaiming what we have known for a long time about good teaching/learning. It's not new - but we need to go back to it.

Assessment

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I would really be interested in hearing from Anthony about how he sets up assessments and his grade book or some great resources for assessment with this new way of learning and teaching.

One of the biggest roadblocks

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One of the biggest roadblocks in our district has to do with concerns about security when using free Web 2.0 tools. So many of these tools are really great and their availability would make it much easier for teachers to "join the revolution". However, we are constantly asked if something's been 'approved' (the answer is usually no) before using it. What are your thoughts on some of these sites, for example, kidblog, free Wiki sites, or even google docs? (We are an elementary school. )

English Professor in Northern Japan

Engaging in Outdoor Classrooms

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@Stephanie, I think Anthony's answer to my question during the webinar applies to your question too. The key that I've seen in the past is to bring your successes to other schools in order to recruit them. Show them a successful program and its benefits and sell them on investing (by clearly articulating their costs and returns) in your program. That is the best approach to getting people to open their minds to new ideas. Good luck!!

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I managed/taught an outdoor afterschool learning program in Weslaco, TX this past spring. How can we get more schools to incorporate using the outdoors as part of the classroom...not just for science, but all subjects? Stephanie Dolansky-Mahathey, Los Caminos del Rio of Texas, non-profit organization promoting/preserving the historical, cultural, and environmental heritage of the Rio Grande from Laredo, TX to the Gulf of Mexico.

7th & 8th grade math teacher

resources in limited time

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What are a FEW high quality websites that offer easy-to-understand information on new technology applications in the classroom? I would like to delve into this and get the big picture before choosing what direction to take. The problem is that it can be overwhelming and off-putting to read some of the "technology in education" internet sites that assume the reader has lots of prior knowledge on this topic. Suggestions please...

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