#MustRead Shares (weekly)

While I have been reading with the social bookmarking tool Diigo for a couple of years, I have just learned how to auto-post from Diigo to WordPress – thanks to @Philip_Cummings! This post is my first iterative prototype, and I made a few errors to tweak in my experiment. I like the idea that a portion of my weekly online reading (that portion marked with the “#MustRead” tag) will circulate to a weekly post uploaded to my blog on Sundays (once I get the time stamp correct).

  • First-level bullets mark the articles read and tagged with #MustRead in Diigo;
    tags appear unbulleted, below article, indented

    • Second-level bullets share my highlighting with the highlighter tool in Diigo
      • Third-level bullets share my annotations if I add a sticky note in Diigo

Thanks, Philip. I have a good starting place, thanks to you.

tags: innovation mistakes experiments learning #MustRead

  • tags: PBL schools of the future authentic #MustRead

  • tags: citizens citizenship slacktivism PBL CBL #MustRead

    • The question becomes, how do we translate our students’ understanding of past actors into action by young people today? Whitney and I decided in March to chuck the traditional exam format and craft a project to help students make this connection.

      We wanted students to act on their growing knowledge and to connect with others beyond our school walls. With this objective in mind we focused the project on three components: student interest, sustained research, and engagement with peers in school and elsewhere who shared their interests or were leaders in one way or another.

      • This is a key way that I think Unboundary can interact with, influence, and enhance education. I think Unboundary is uniquely positioned to synergize its work with significance/CSR and educational transformation.
  • tags: PBL Projectbasedlearning problem_based_learning continua spectrum #MustRead

  • tags: PBL project based learning projectbasedlearning project_based_learning edutopia #MustRead

    • already a 1:1 laptop district that integrates technology effectively. Two years ago, teachers took part in professional development to learn more about PBL. Except for some isolated classroom projects, however, the shift away from more traditional instruction has been slow to happen.
      • Reinforces Aran Levasseur’s points in “Does our current education system support innovation?” in MindShift 7-18-12.
    • planned it as a team, we could all go down the road together, moving forward with our understanding of PBL,
    • teachers had two hours for collaborative professional development every other week to devote to planning.
      • For a school with aggressive approach to PLCs, there could be even more time – if school is serious about systemic change more quickly
    • Using flip cameras that the school provided or their own mobile devices, students captured still shots and video, which they uploaded to a Posterous site.
      • Like Synergy Observation Journals.
    • make it even better?
      • Brightspot challenge
    • mix of students from grades 9-12.
    • He wanted everything to be right.
      • When work is intended for “beyond the classroom,” students want to do their best work (and not just because of a grade!)
    • Mentors provided students with additional feedback, encouragement, and ideas from beyond their small community. “Our kids took to heart what their mentors had to say,” Parks adds, and students used technology in authentic ways to connect with them.
      • When schools are not scared of online policy, but instead embrace the educational possibilities, great coalitions of learning and doing form!
  • tags: innovation #MustRead

  • tags: change narrative #MustRead innovation Switch

    • pointed to the paramount importance of framing
      • Like a recent NPR Planet Money explained in relation to “Why People Do Bad Things.” Not so much character as frame of reference.
    • If we had the frame of the company as a family or a commune, people would know very different ways of working together.
      • I wonder what happens when we call ourselves “a family” but we run hierarchically? Seems confusing of purpose, process, etc.
    • the story must be simple, easy to identify with, emotionally resonant, and evocative of positive experiences.”
    • impact of reframing and telling a new narrative that’s simple, positive, and emotional
      • Change is narrative!
    • radical, sweeping, comprehensive changes are often easier for people than small, incremental ones.
      • Wow. This could really inform the ways schools orchestrate change.
    • tough, radical program saw quick, dramatic results, reporting a 91% decrease
      • So to justify radical, sweeping change in schools, we may have to show immediate, positive results. Those can come in many different forms.
    • “short-term wins”
      • So much of this article reminds me of Heath Bros SWITCH!
    • Xerox lagged in giving them the support they needed
      • Do schools “lag” in giving faculty, parents, students the support they need? Is this why change is so slow?
    • brain’s ability to change — its “plasticity” — is lifelong
    • drive lasting changes in the brain
      • Like the hot water on butter channels in Creative Thinkering on p. 12
    • Posit Science has a “fifth-day strategy,” meaning that everyone spends one day a week working in a different discipline.
      • “Play each others’ instruments.”
    • So ideally you deliberately construct new challenges.
    • Innovation comes about when people are enabled to use their full brains and intelligence instead of being put in boxes and controlled.”
  • tags: universities online #MustRead

    • experts wonder whether some colleges will find it harder to attract students willing to pay $20,000, $40,000 or even $60,000 a year for the traditional on-campus experience.
      • Increasing power and ability of online to capture relational aspect will help determine where price points make difference.
    • Residential colleges already attract far less than half of the higher education market
      • I did not know that!
    • Most enrollment and nearly all growth in higher education is in less costly options that let students balance classes with work and family: commuter colleges, night schools, online universities.
    • standard class will be a hybrid of in-person and online elements
      • Hybrid makes a lot of sense. Combining parts of residential and in-person with virtual and anytime/anywhere. How many learn now! Just not integrated “officially” yet.
  • tags: Innovation change richardson #MustRead

  • tags: edreform #MustRead

  • tags: 21stCenturySkills literacy richardson #MustRead

  • tags: online education Coursera colleges university #MustRead

      • Flipping the classroom. Using precious f2f time for more interactive, engaging, problem solving.
    • In a field changing this fast, we need flexibility,
      • This is fascinating – outsourcing the grading work to students who calibrate well with co-assessing work with professor. Sample size seems small.
  • Great post from @brholland “You have to let go of the wheel.” #edchat #edtech http://t.co/fPoVa0EB

    tags: edchat edtech #MustRead

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

2 thoughts on “#MustRead Shares (weekly)

  1. Glad to see this worked. I find Diigo posts from certain members of my PLN are a nice way to find some great resources and take my reading to places it might not normally go.

    • Thanks for teaching me. I really appreciate your guidance. I like how it turned out. I think I like showing annotations, but it sure takes up a lot of space.

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