Friday Bulletin Board

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Hello, and congrats on surviving September! Here’s a roundup of interesting educational articles surfing the web this week that we’ve hand-picked for you.

 11 Real Ways Technology is Affecting Education Right Now
Based on a study done on 500 currently enrolled college students, CourseSmart and Wakefield Research came up with some pretty interesting statistics on how technology is a part of today’s learning culture. Technology’s role in the classroom now ranges from communication to textbook replacement. The most reflective factoid was that “a majority (67%) can’t go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology, with 40% not lasting more than 10 minutes.” You know the feeling?

Wait, Not Everyone Uses Google Drive?
I chose to include this post in the Friday Bulletin Board because it occurred to me that not everyone’s Google Drive is filled with documents!  While this article boils down technology to the three educator essentials (Mailbox for organizing your inbox, Google Drive, and Evernote for digital notetaking), we need to talk Google Drive if you aren’t using it already. It’s a part of your Gmail account that allows to save documents in a cloud. Not only will you never lose it, but it’s great for collaborative work. This post itself was written in a Drive document and checked by someone in Chicago with the use of the comment feature. And I don’t even use half the features it offers! Besides documents you can create, save, and share spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings. It’s really a collaborators technological dream tool come true.

Personalized Learning vs. Individual Learning
Very straight forward, this article is a chart on the differences between personalized learning and individual learning. The main difference is that individual learning promotes learning and instruction of the material at hand, while personalized learning is designed to nurture curious, life-long learners. Individual learning values performance and personalized learning values learning. I’m curious to hear how educators feel and the nuances of advantages to each school of thought. Is it better to hold a student to high standards so he or she does what is expected once school is over? Or should we focus on shaping curious minds that will gravitate toward their passions, and yield more engaged learning?

Why One Teacher Gave up on her Dream
Kind of a downer for a Friday, but this email circulated the Gradeable email chain and we collectively nodded at the importance of it. It’s a letter from a former teacher who gave up her dream of teaching after finding the odds stacked against her. Even though she knew in third grade her calling was to help children reach their dreams, the economy, politics, and “summers off” stigma of being an educator proved too much. It’s kind of a depressing letter, but it’s a thought-provoking read. What do you teachers out there tell yourselves in times of adversity? Has anyone left or thought about leaving teaching for any of these reasons?

Teachers FOR THE WIN
This is a round-up of awesome teachers who went above and beyond to prove they are not just heads spouting information. Here is a taste:

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Of course, there’s more where that came from: Here’s Buzzfeed’s 33 Teachers Who Got The Last Laugh

Have a great weekend!

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