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DailyGood: 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta

March 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Below is an interesting article on what all students need. As a school leader I am constantly trying to think of how (and what) to prioritize what students learn at school.  There simply isn’t enough time to teach it all. Take a look a the article and see what you think.

let’s look at a good set of essential skills that I believe children should learn, that will best prepare them for any world of the future. I base these on what I have learned in three different industries, especially the world of online entreprenurship, online publishing, online living … and more importantly, what I have learned about learning and working and living in a world that will never stop changing.

via DailyGood: 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · education

Skyping with Davis School

May 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Today Mrs Ferguson’s grade 3 class Skyped with a grade 2 classroom from the Davis School to help answer second grader’s questions about coming to Lane.  Transitioning to a new school can be a challenge, so we thought we would try this out before the students come over for their first look at Lane in a few weeks.  Beyond the “cool factor,” it was nice to see our students answering questions thoughtfully and with an understanding that switching schools is not always easy.

Tags: 21st Century Learning

Pi Day

May 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Who knew there was an official “Pi Day?”  Certainly not me.  But thankfully a student in Mrs Dorer’s class told us about it.  One thing led to another and they decided to celebrate the day.  Check out the video. Oh, and yes, this is our new school you tube page.  We will be adding more.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · math

Mr. Ackerman Takes a Trip to NYC

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

I had the pleasure of traveling with Dr LaCroix to New York City on Friday to attend an invite-only Leadership Event.  We traveled with fellow administrators from Burlington.  The event brought school leaders to NYC to discuss and learn about schools of the future. The two speakers were Chris Lehman, head of the Science Leadership Academy, and David Pogue, New York times technology columnist. What did I take from the day which can be applied to Lane School?

  • We should aim to have our kids thinking for themselves, not just following rules
  • Schools need to aim to create 21st century citizenship, not just prepare kids for the workforce
  • We need to remind ourselves that we are” educating” students, not ” training” them
  • We don’t teach subjects, we teach kids
  • Create innovation, not change
  • Technology should be like oxygen
  • If schools don’t innovate then they will become irrelevant
  • technology is changing fast, and having huge effects on our students (important not to be judgmental of this change)

One of the themes which prevailed was the need for schools to not be too focused on state driven tests, and instead think simply in terms of “what is best for the students.”  Hard to argue with that?

Tags: 21st Century Learning

New Skills for Today’s World

December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

One of our district’s goals  is to integrate 21st century skills into the curriculum.  Recently some of our teachers have started using Google Docs to get students to develop projects collaboratively.  Here is a short video from a gr 4 class.

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Tags: 21st Century Learning

Your Child and the Internet

December 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Take a few minutes to read this article from today’s NY Times.  All of us need to better understand the online world in order to help our students be safe.

It is difficult enough to support one’s child through a siege of schoolyard bullying. But the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully’s identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of analog parents.

Desperate to protect their children, parents are floundering even as they scramble to catch up with the technological sophistication of the next generation.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · bullying

What will schools do??

October 20th, 2010 · No Comments

How will this affect the future  of education?

# Cell phones – 85% of Americans now own a cell phone. Cell phone ownership rates among young adults illustrate the extent to which mobile phones have become a necessity of modern communications: fully 96% of 18-29 year olds own a cell phone of some kind.

# Desktop and laptop computers – Three quarters (76%) of Americans own either a desktop or laptop computer. Since 2006, laptop ownership has grown dramatically (from 30% to 52%) while desktop ownership has declined slightly.

# Mp3 players – Just under half of American adults (47%) own an mp3 player such as an iPod, a nearly five-fold increase from the 11% who owned this type of device in early 2005.

# Game consoles – Console gaming devices like the Xbox and PlayStation are nearly as common as mp3 players, as 42% of Americans own a home gaming device. Parents (64%) are nearly twice as likely as non-parents (33%) to own a game console.

# Tablet computers and e-book readers – Compared to the other devices in this list, e-book readers (such as the Kindle) and tablet computers (such as the iPad) are relatively new arrivals to the consumer technology scene and are owned by a relatively modest number of Americans. However, these devices are proving popular with traditional early adopter groups such as the affluent and highly educated–ownership rates for tablets and e-book readers among college graduates and those earning $75,000 or more per year are roughly double the national average.

via Main findings | Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · education

My Learning this Week

July 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For me summertime is a valuable time to learn from colleagues across the world. This summer I attended the November Learning Conference in Boston. Educators from all over the world came to learn about the future of education and the way technology can be integrated as a powerful tool to enhance students’ learning. One of the keynote speakers was Rahaf Harfoush, a media expert behind President Obama’s election campaign. She talked about the need for schools to teach digital citizenship and new literacies to today’s students.  Earlier in the conference Michael Wesch, a university anthropologist, discussed how societies change when new technology is introduced. Both of these speakers offered very thought-provoking takes on today’s world.

One of the main themes that resonated  with me was our need to get students collaborating more, as well as educators too.  The other message that was received loud and clear, is that the world is changing fast. . .and opting out is not a choice. Technology is everywhere.  Thankfully at Lane we continue to do great things with technology and our tech teacher Janet Tortora.  Preparing today’s kids for tomorrow’s world.

Tags: 21st Century Learning · technology

Adult Learners 2.0

July 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Although summer is  a great time for rest and relaxation, here at Lane many of our staff members are spending time on their own learning.  One of the many professional development courses running this summer is the Lane Schoogle Course.  This multi-day offering is aimed at introducing our staff to Google Docs.  The Google Docs platform is a terrific way for our staff to collaborate with each other to model and practice the skills they we want our students to develop at Lane.

Lane teachers enter the world of Google Docs

Lane teachers enter the world of Google Docs

Tags: 21st Century Learning · technology

Building Bridges

May 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Walking in the halls today, I came across the very exciting project that Mrs Dorer does with her grade 5 students on Mondays.  Her challenge to the students is to have them build a toothpick bridge that can withstand a certain amount of weight.  This got me thinking about how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning is being heavily promoted as vital for our students to learn.  The toothpicks are a great example of what we can do at the elementary level.

today's toothpick bridges. . .

today's toothpick bridges. . .

. . . preparing students for tomorrow's challenges

. . . preparing students for tomorrow's challenges

Tags: 21st Century Learning · math · science