Justin Reich On Connected Learning: The 21st Century Harkness
"In connected courses, we solve the coordination problem with a different approach: we give everyone their own spaces online to produce learning materials--blogs, Twitter feeds, websites, web domains, etc.--and then we use technology to make a copy of everything that students do and aggregate those copies. Students own their own means of production, and the purpose of technology is to aggregate what students choose to share.”
On Boys And Making Masculinity More Expressive
New York Times
"Despite the emergence of the metrosexual and an increase in stay-at-home dads, tough-guy stereotypes die hard. As men continue to fall behind women in college, while outpacing them four to one in the suicide rate, some colleges are waking up to the fact that men may need to be taught to think beyond their own stereotypes.”
Schmoker: Simplify and Focus. Teachers Should Do Less.
"School leaders are faced with more initiative fatigue and bureaucratic baggage than ever. Our systems have become too complex, said Schmoker, and that's an implementation killer. "The real cost of complexity is stagnation. We get barely any improvement, even though we have lots of change.”"