Attention tech firms: How to fail with humans

Another interesting blog post from Allison from The Glint Blog

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A blog post today from Rick Hess in many ways states the obvious, that “getting ed tech right isn’t about bandwidth, devices or cool graphics, but about solving problems for students and educators.”  Hallelujah. Many of us have experienced the “hype” of various educational “innovations”, and when technology is part of those, the hype seems to move more quickly from a murmur to a shout.  Technology offers such promise and potential, it’s hard not to get excited that these tools, whether they have to do with instruction, assessment, or even the logistics of running a school/district/SEA.   Fail with humans

Yet technology, of course, is a tool for human beings: for teachers, leaders, students, parents.  Used one-by-one and in the aggregate, it must be used, be used well, and ultimately have an impact on critical levers for all human behavior and the systems in which they reside: Capacity (able to do more, do…

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TED talk from Shawn Achor

Very entertaining and informative TED talk from Shawn Achor. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

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http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work?utm_campaign=&awesm=on.ted.com_a032v&utm_content=awesm-bookmarklet&utm_medium=on.ted.com-twitter&utm_source=t.co

The “New Normal”: A game-changer for teaching and learning?

Another enlightening post from The Glint Blog. “Clinical practice for teachers.

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Early in our nation’s history, there was no such thing as compulsory education, nor formal teacher education.  That changed with the introduction of “Normal Schools”, two-year teacher preparation programs that, in time, largely changed again to state universities with education majors, among other choices.  At today’s SXSWedu , there was talk of not only the current limitations of much of our teacher preservice education, but also about new approaches that hold promise for the profession and, we hope, outcomes for kids.   The movement, consistent with a report from NCATE, is to integrate more, and more ongoing clinical practice throughout the course of teacher education.  No more Miss Johnson coming for the final 10 weeks of her teacher ed program to my 4th grade class to teach us a unit on Japan (although she was spectacular).  That’s so yesterday….so 1970’s.  (Hey, I’m not afraid to date myself!).VT-Road-Marker-1st-Normal-School-Concord

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