Monthly Archives: March 2015

Educational And Economic Parity

As I read Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything” and this blog by my dear friend Dr. Martin, I get the impression that we are arriving at a moment in history that will bring revolutionary changes to our society. In “The Promise of Paradox” Parker Palmer also stresses the fact that change is needed and that the change will bring a stronger sense of community, similar to what Jim Wallis is writing in his book “The (Un)Common Good.”
Do you sense a climate of optimism? I do!

DOCMARTIN1: It's Business and Personal

I read two very interesting articles this morning that have caused me to think a bit about the enrollment challenges currently faced by academic institutions across the United States. In fact, there have been several articles written recently about the morphing of recruitment processes within elite and non-elite schools.

The University of Phoenix, which is a part of the Apollo Educational Group, still has an enrollment of 227,400 students, this is about one-half of what it once was. It is also down by 13.5% from last year at this time. In the financial section of to WSJ there were many reasons for this reduction, “glitches in online software,” problems with “recruiting and retention,” and greater (and deserved) regulation of processes. The University of Phoenix has had problems with recruitment processes that promise certain things, and with the support of struggling students. I would agree with today’s article that “Perhaps investors…

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Purposeful e-Learning

This blog has good links to technologies that are used in teaching, with great advice on how to use them.

Class Teaching

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The 15 minute forum tonight was lead by Assistant Headteacher Pete Kelly.  Pete started the session with a question:

What happens when a teacher uses technology in a lesson?

The responses were varied:

  • Students are entertained but are not always learning effectively.
  • It depends on how effectively it is used?
  • It can enhance learning as it gives them extra support.

All of which are perfectly valid.  The key thing to ask is ‘what knowledge & skills do I want the students to learn?’  Followed by ‘how might technology help them with this?’   Unfortunately it’s often done the other way round, with technology being used for the sake of it – if it’s not going to be useful, don’t use it!

Questions that are often raised about using technology in school

  • How do we know they are not being distracted when using their smart phones etc?
  • How do we know…

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