Misunderstandings about Understanding

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I had the great fortune to attend the researchED conference in Vancouver on Feb. 10, 2019. I was also honored to give a presentation there.  Here is a summary, followed by a link if you are interested in the presentation.  It is a PowerPoint which when viewed in “Notes” format contains the script that accompanies each slide.

Summary:

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Students vs Learners, Dept.

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I’ve always been irritated by the term “learner” when the word “student” , in my opinion, would do just fine. I brought this up on Twitter once and received a sharp retort from someone who said “learner” is used in psychology. And knowing that I was firmly in the camp of Kirschner, the Dutch education professor who holds that minimally guided discovery learning does not work, said “Kirschner uses the term”.

So I checked with Kirschner, and indeed he does use the term and told me the following:

“I use “learner” as I do work in formal, informal and nonformal areas. A student is – by definition – a learner in a formal setting. There is a curriculum, there is an intention to learn (we hope) and it is closed with a recognized diploma. In informal settings, the first two are often the case, but the third is not the…

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New Orleans Charter Schools Must Include Parents/Alumni as Board Members

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If school choice is about empowering parents (also see here and here and here), it seems that charter school boards would necessarily– automatically– definitely– include among their memberships the very parents who have been supposedly empowered.

New Orleans schools have been a showcase (albeit a controversial one) for charterization since the fall of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. By 2022— 17 years post-Katrina– the last local-board-run public school in New Orleans will be completely phased out, making New Orleans a 100-percent charter school district.

What is surprising, however, is how long it has taken lawmakers to require New Orleans’ charter schools to include parents and alumni– locals invested in the community– on the charter school boards.

It’s a shame that charter school boards must be forced to include locals in the actual roles of empowered decision-making. But so it goes.

The 2018-19 school year was the…

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While Europe Cracks Down on Data-Collection Practices, U.S. Consumers Remain as Vulnerable as Ever — Pacific Standard. Smart Journalism. Real Solutions.

Data-protection regulations in the E.U. require transparency in data mining. In the U.S. no such rules exist, but some states are working to change that.European Parliament President Antonio Tajani welcomes Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at the European Parliament prior to his testimony on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal in May of 2018. Under a European regulation…

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Rob Reich: Philanthropy needs a fix — Nonprofit Chronicles

Most PTAs hold bake sales and car washes to help out their local schools. But in some well-to-do communities, PTAs have turned themselves into “local education foundations,” the biggest of which raise millions of dollars a year. Stanford professor Rob Reich learned about these super-sized PTAs when his son went off to kindergarten in Hillsborough, […]

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Tips for Implementing Evidence-Based Learning Strategies in your Classes — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Megan SumerackiAs most of our followers know, the Learning Scientists team was “on tour” earlier this month giving a series of workshops over the course of a week in England. While giving a number of workshops all in a row while on the road is tiring, we returned from the trip extremely excited and…

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DeSantis Orders End of Common Core in Florida — Truth in American Education

Photo Credit: Gage SkidmoreLocal news reports that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has signed an executive order abolishing Common Core in the state. Tampa Bay Fox Affiliate Fox13 reports: “One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail was a lot of frustration from parents in particular with this idea of…

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Academic Scientists Are Fleeing Universities for the Private Sector

What’s behind academia’s revolving door?Scientists working in the United States today are as active as they’ve ever been, but there’s been a dramatic shift in how exactly they conduct their research. Or, more precisely, who’s paying for that research.A recent study following the careers of over 100,000 scientists for over 50 years found that half of university-hired scientists…

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“When I hear ‘professional development,’ I see dollars” — Catherine & Katharine

Direct quote, or close to, from a person I know who works for a major technology company. “When I hear professional development, I see dollars.” I do, too. Jesse Lubinsky’s travels for EdTechTeam to promote Google took him from Las Vegas to New Jersey by David Mckay Wilson | 1/31/2019

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Future-Proof Learning: What if… 21st Century Skills Don’t Exist? — Educhatter

Equipping the rising generation of students with what are termed “21st century skills” is all the rage. Since the fall of 2010, British Columbia’s Ministry of Education, like many other education authorities, has been virtually obsessed with advancing a B.C. Education Plan championing the latest iteration of a global education transformation movement – technology-based personalized […]

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