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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

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived”

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Tags: 21st Century Learning

Something to think about. . .

July 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

We need to prepare students for their future, not our past

21st Century Student

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