Monday, November 21, 2011

Things That Have Me Thinking This Week...November 21, 2011

Here are the most thought-provoking articles and blog posts that I came across in the last week.  Enjoy!

Don't Punish Everyone - From Richard Byrne

This post from Free Technology for Teachers highlighted Derek Sivers new book Anything You Want where Sivers talks about the mistake some business owners make when they base their regulations and procedures on the worst behavior of the minority. How many schools make this same mistake and have regulations that are unnecessarily restrictive of all students because of the misguided choices of a few?

Check out the video below that Richard also used in his post and decide if you agree with me that school leaders also need to think the same way in reacting to situations. I agree with Sivers in the fact that we need to "you can't prevent bad things from happening, learn to shrug...and don't punish everyone for one person's mistake."

Don't punish everyone for one person's mistake from Derek Sivers on Vimeo.

10 Reasons Why 1:1 Advances Learning - Patti Grayson

This post from the Powerful Learning Practice Blog talks about the possibilities that are added to an educational setting when you put a web-enabled device in the hands of every student.  While Patti's school went 1:1 with netbooks, I think that the points she makes are relevant in all 1:1 settings. Her quote at the end sums up my feelings about 1:1:
"Technology isn’t everything – but when it is easily accessed and used to support learning, it motivates students and encourages collaboration, innovation, and creativity."

10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should)  - Audrey Watters

There has been a lot of talk about the changing landscape of education. This post outlines some of the places that learners can access OpenCourseWare (free online content). I wonder how high school students could use these resources to expand their learning opportunities. It is clear that students no longer need to be limited to a school's Program of Studies when it comes to learning opportunities.

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