Resources and Reflections

Thursday, January 03, 2008

OLPC, Five Minds for the Future, NETS, and Axioms

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One Laptop Per Child: If you haven't heard MIT and negaroponte created a laptop for all kids all over the world - and the cost would have been 100.00! Although it didn't work out that way - it's now 499.00 for two - you get one and one is sent to a child in a third world. Our own sped teacher, harold, got as good a deal as anybody: he got his FREE. Coupled with all the free Web 2.0 tools he's using and a free laptop I'd say Harold is having a good year. For the latest on OLPC go to http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Home

Have you seen this book?

Five minds for the future by Howard Gardner

“We live in a time of vast changes that include acceleration globalization, mounting quantities of information, the growing hegemony of science and technology, and the class of civilizations. Those changes call for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business, and the professions. In Five Minds for the Future, noted psychologists Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:• the disciplinary mind - mastery of the major schools of thought (including science, mathematics, and history) and of at least one professional craft• the synthesizing mind - ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others• the creating mind - capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena• the respectful mind - awareness of the appreciation for differences among human beings• the ethical mind - fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and a citizen (From http://ecram3.blogspot.com/)

What do you think about the following axioms for school 2.0? Read the axioms for school 2.0 and then compare them to National Education Technology Standards ...and then compare the standards to Gardner's Five Minds For the Future. Reading these may help you decide how you can evolve your teaching practices.

The Axioms for School 2.0: Guiding Principles:

1)Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members.

2) Our schools must be about co-creating -- together with our students -- the 21st Century Citizen

3) Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.

4) Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate

5) Learning can -- and must -- be networked.

The above is From http://educon20.wikispaces.com/


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