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Things that Make You Say "Uhhmm"



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Salman Khan: Let's Use Videos to Reinvent Education ... Watch Salman Khan in the early days of The Khan Academy


The Recycled Orchestra ... This little 3-minute clip will make you think the next time you see a broken instrument and complain that it doesn't work. 


I heard someone once say, "Necessity is the mother of imagination and the grandmother of invention."
Also, it is important to understand, as Sir Ken says, "that creativity is applied imagination."


This is what it was like so many, many, many years ago ... With the ever rapidly changing world we live in today, sometimes you've got to wonder if things have really changed that much?





I Have a Question, Why 21st Century Learning?
Animal School (YouTube Video-Story)


A eye-opening reflection on how we view children and how we teach children in our current education system


The Animal School: A Fable for Parents (Blog)



As our technology gets better and better, the essence remains the same - to be better, more knowledgeable about our world and ourselves, and expand our ability to create and reshape.  As the adults, we need to provide a "context" and a "frame" to this incredibly expanding "content" for our children. It's not only "Where do you want to go?", but it's also, "Let me show you how to get there!"  
Therefore, as parents and teachers, we need to know the way, show the way, and soon enough, we'll need to get out of the way!






It may look futuristic to us, but to our children, this is all very real and the way of the future.



THIS IS REALLY, REALLY NEAT, A MUST SEE. THE FUTURE IS ALMOST HERE, THIS IS CORNING GLASS, AND THE IDEAS ARE MIND BOGGLING, yet scary, especially for those who find it hard trying to catch up with technology. Some of this stuff is already here!




B.Y.O.D. (Technology and Education) - What if?





Teaching in the 21st Century (Predio: Prezi-Video)






It is really amazing how things have changed ... what do we want in 2013 and beyond? If we focus on well-being, the social, emotional, and spiritual, the kids need to be happy and only then will we be able to focus on the academic.




 This is a MUST SEE ... the effect you have on others is truly unknown until it comes back to you.



Dove (Evolution) 











TVO: The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Folks, take some time to watch the TVO show at the link above.  You'll get a better sense where the TCDSB is moving towards and this is what we want our school to move steadily towards ... not fast enough for the students, but at a pace that we can handle and in a manner that is meaningful to us as educators and parents.  You'll see an emphasis on FUN, ENGAGEMENT, AUTHENTIC – these are some of the key elements of what learning is about ... CONNECTIONS .... MAKING MEANINGS via CONTEXT, not CONTENT.  It’s all about “context” and how we as educators “create the frame” to present the “content”.  Are you ready for this?? If not, you’ll be struggling because our students/children are very ready for this!  Watch the video and see what is happening now.



Ever wonder what would happen if you asked kids to check out the work by themselves the day before you were going to do it and even assign them the work to do all by themselves ... Then, the next day go over the work and focus on the issues that were experienced. Well, it's not that straight-forward, but it's flipped from how schools do things. Check out this video clip on the "flipped classroom".


How can we prepare students today for a future we really don't know much about?  We need a vision and a clearer understanding of what it is our students are engaging in.  Do we let the rest of the world into our education bubble? Check out this video and I'm sure you'll have more questions than answers. Likewise, I think you'll see that we need a vision ... things aren't as they always have been anymore.  Click on the title above to take you to the video. 
Learn almost anything for free! So, you watched the "Flipping the Classroom" and you saw a little bit of what Khan Academy is all about.  Now, you can use it too.  Click the link and use it to help you.
The way kids learn today is not confined to a classroom ... and this does not apply only to kids, but adults too.  Everywhere we go, we are learning and growing.
 As educators and parents, we are always telling our students and children what we expect them to learn.  It is incumbent upon us as the adults to think about one more thing ... what do our children and our students expect from school?
Architect Trung Le from OWPP//Cannon Design in Chicago talks about North Shore Country Day School, a 21st century high school outside of Chicago.  The video is entitled "The Third Teacher".  You can see our own community space at Epiphany - our Student Computer Lounge.
Open Learning Environment
Very interesting use of furniture to create a setup and then re-create another in a matter of moments.  The environment is key ... if you build it, they will come!
I'll keep it simple ... In the show, Glee, this song is performed by a deaf choir and it is absolutely amazing.  If you don't cry watching and mouthing the words, there's something wrong with you.  John Lennon's words are even more powerful with this video. 
Taken from The Huffington Post Canada (Education)- January 13th, 2013
In a thought-provoking short 20-minute film, "The Future of Learning," Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson takes a look at engagement learning in a technological era. The video was made as part of Ericsson's Networked Society series.
"Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don't actually need to know anything -- you can find out at the point when you need to know it," Sugata Mitra says in the video's opening. "It's the teacher's job to point young minds towards the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn't need to give any answers, the answers are everywhere. And we know now from years of measurements that learners who find the answers for themselves retain it better than if they're told the answer."
The piece takes a look at what the future of education could be in our networked society and presents fundamental divergence from previous methods of rote memorization -- in favor of tailored education where memorization may no longer be necessary for sake of pervasive information. From school e-readers and flipped classroom models to computerized testing and online courses, educators are still grappling with ways to shift an educational paradigm of the 20th century into one of the 21st. Check out the full film above and weigh in below -- What do you think the future of education holds?
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. To lead is to be a good listener and serve ... to be paternal and not patronize.
This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.  You want something to succeed? - Be remarkable.
Self-explanatory ... Paper, we can't live without it?
This short animated video is from Norway.  It features the issues around using ICT in education and the future of Norway's education and eventually its economy. Nonetheless, the issues, concerns, and probable solutions addressed in the video are readily applicable to any school in North America and likewise, any school around the world - After all, we are a global community and we share the good, the bad, and the ugly that's part of being so interconnected.  The future is now and the sooner we realize it, the sooner we'll be able to move forward, since we're already 15% into the 21st century!
CBC Radio's Michael Enright speaks to Dr. Pasi Sahlberg (Finland's education reform guru) about the state of education here and what's happening in Finland ... how the low-stress model has helped Finnish students reach for the top - Very much worth listening to!  Click the title above and once there, click on the Listen icon. (February 17, 2013) 



A Starbucks Barista with Autism has all the right moves when building a drink for his customers ... check it out!



There are over 40 resources here for you to use ... Are they in your school?  Our aim at Epiphany is to either continue using such technologies or at the very least, begin utilizing such technologies by Sept. 2013.


From school e-readers and flipped classroom models to computerized testing and online courses, educators are still grappling with ways to shift an educational paradigm of the 20th century into one of the 21st. Check out the full film above and weigh in below -- What do you think the future of education holds?


Tuesdays With Morrie ... Click the title and find out more about this wonderfully touching story! It is amazing - a must read for all ages. 
An A+ Student Regrets his Grades ... An article from The Globe & Mail Newspaper


Here are some excerpts that resonate with me ...
Education is not confined to the walls of a classroom; it stretches well beyond that.
One of my professors once said, “Writing exams isn’t a measure of intelligence or knowledge, it’s about getting inside your prof’s head to figure out what’ll be on the exam.”
I treated schooling and education synonymously. I had been directed not by my inner voice, but by societal pressures that limited my ability to foster personal creativity.
Instead, we should be fostering a culture where, to paraphrase Arianna Huffington, “Failure isn’t considered the opposite of success, but an integral part of it.”
We can’t allow learning to become passive. We need to teach students to learn how to learn – to become independent, innovative thinkers capable of changing the world.
Culture is a problem, and we need to fix it – from the ground up. There’s a psychosocial dynamic of not questioning current practices of education. But we can’t let this get in the way. Embrace education with all your heart, and remember that schooling is only a small part of the puzzle. The remainder is what you’ll have to discover and solve through your own journey.


Here is the complete article in pdf format and the original website link:An A+ student.pdf
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
"If organizations are truly interested in creativity and innovation, give your people training programs in the techniques of creative thinking ... Don't hope for it; train people for it."
"A creative leader isn't somebody who tells people what to do ... the job of a creative leader is to create the conditions under which people will show discretions and will show discretionary effort."
"The role of the creative leader is to not have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everybody will have ideas."