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Beyoncé and School Redesign

I learned long ago to appreciate art from many different perspectives and was impressed when I caught a 20 second clip of the vid "Single Ladies" a week or two ago. I downloaded the entire clip on iTunes and was really impressed. Technically it is amazing, and the choreography is extremely dynamic.

When I mentioned the clip to a friend I found out that there were lots of funny versions on YouTube so I decided to check a few of those out. I eventually stumbled across an interview with… Continue

Added by Tom Welch on January 13, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Net Geners set to topple our comfortable school-centered world in order to LEARN!

In Grown Up Digital, Tapscott notes: "Net Geners possess a tool of unprecedented power and are driving changes that could topple many established orders . . .People no longer have to follow the leaders and do what they're told. Now they can organize themselves, publish themselves, inform themselves, and share with ther friends-- without waiting for an authority to instruct them."

Isn't that great!? I hope you will imagine with me what that means for learning! It's a… Continue

Added by Tom Welch on January 2, 2009 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

School Reform and the IBM Selectric

During a recent evening of channel surfing, I stumbled across a great show on the History Channel dealing with the development of the typewriter. I knew some about the history of the typewriter, including the fact that they key placement was designed to slow the typist down so that they machine could keep up and that key jams would be lessened.

The IBM Selectric was a revolution. No more jammed keys! Instead, IBM thought of a new way to make the typewriter work better -- put the… Continue

Added by Tom Welch on January 1, 2009 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

Let's Change The World

December 21st, 2008

First blog entry.

Belief statements “up front”:

1. I think learning is the greatest adventure on the planet! Should be some tv reality shows that explore it and celebrate it.

2. I have tremendous respect for teachers and teaching. I don’t know any group that works harder for more people. ANY comment I may make that sounds contradictory to that is a result of frustration with an old system of “school” that gets in the way of great people being… Continue

Added by Tom Welch on December 21, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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