I admit I can be a bit of a cynic. Here are a few photos I’ve taken the past few weeks, with a few ideas of what the implications or logical conclusions of these photographed declaratory statements might be… along with a few “more positive” images and messages!
So teachers and administrators need to purchase this product so they can “start teaching again?” If that is true, or could be true, how would the authors of this marketing advertisement describe the activities which are taking place NOW in the classroom, WITHOUT the benefit of this great product which can purportedly restore, single-handedly, the opportunity to “start teaching?”
I really thought that was an advertisement laden with assumptions and contentions, which may or may not be defensible.
I love this sign. I saw this in a school district’s instructional technology office recently. Great advice, in a short and sweet format.
“Achieving perfection?” This was an article from October 31st about one of the wealthiest school districts in our state. Certainly the students and teachers there are working hard inside and outside of school, but I think this headline is hyperbole. PERFECTION? The article is about a school which, for the third year in a row, maxed out the state’s mandatory assessment test. Did this test reflect student creativity or problem solving skills? Did this test reflect digital literacy skills? Media literacy? Any type of digital information literacy at all? Of course not. Yet the author of this article is calling that performance PERFECTION?!
Here are some alternative headlines which might have been more appropriate:
- TEST SCORES PROVE AGAIN THAT WEALTHY KIDS OUTPERFORM POOR KIDS (AS A GENERAL RULE) ON STANDARDIZED MEASUREMENTS!
- MINIMUM STANDARDS REACHED AGAIN – IT’S TIME FOR DANCING IN THE STREETS!
- WE’RE PERFECTLY PREPARING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THE 19TH CENTURY – NO DIGITAL TOOL USE NEEDED FOR OUR KIDS!
Please note I am NOT writing these comments as a specific “dig” or criticism at the school district highlighted in this article. Rather, I’m being critical of the headline, the perceptions and assumptions it conveys, and the general idea that standardized test score performance is the highest value in public education today. Ugh. Headlines like these make me ill.
On a much more positive note, I thought this was a superbly thoughtful and fun idea for a preschool silent auction. If your child loved this teacher last year or loves her this year in school, how wonderful would it be for her to come at bedtime with cookies to read and tuck in your child? That was one of the prizes at this preschool’s silent auction. Talk about a creative, special gift!
You can’t tell from this photo that Lance Ford is SUPER passionate about helping students create content (in this case podcasts) and safely collaborate with other learners around the planet via videoconferencing, can you?! My text notes from Lance’s great session at ODLA last week are online, and I’ll be publishing an audio recording of his session as a podcast later this week.
Photographs can convey a great deal which words may or may not accurately capture. Consider using some photographs like these this week with your students to discuss the messages which are OVERT and those which are COVERT or not as directly stated, but might be logical given the content and context of what’s in the image.
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On this day..
- Hopscotch Challenges: A Free Curriculum eBook for iPad Coders - 2013
- Empowering Women Worldwide Through Creative, Handmade Designs - 2013
- Mapping Media at Library Camp 2013 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - 2013
- How the Internet Can Change the Way We Create Stuff & Solve Problems - 2012
- Talking K12Online11 on Classroom 2.0 Saturday November 12th - 2011
- English learners in the digital age: natives, immigrants or outsiders #collab21 - 2010
- I'm a teacher, and I have the best job in the WORLD #EdCampKC - 2010
- Why blog when you can Glog? - 2010
- Unlocking the Past: Techniques for Conducting Meaningful Interviews - 2009
- Fast Forward: Oral History in the 21st Century by Donald Ritchie - 2009