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What Does a Grade Mean?

After establishing what a grade or assessment is, we move on to the issue of what it indicates or means.

If a grade indicates the teacher’s assessment of learning, then we have to distinguish between the “kinds” of learning occurring.  802 more words

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The Four Sciences Should Be Recovered

The Middle Ages taught all knowledge as connected.  They believed all things we could know (the Sciences) could be housed in four large houses.

All knowledge of the Natural world (mostly what we call “science” today, things like biology, chemistry, physics, etc) were placed in the lowest house: the Natural Sciences. 137 more words

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21st Century Problem

Studying humans is a hard thing to do.  We are not a discrete lump of information, and we don’t pattern very well.  Most of the mis-guided assumptions of past ideologies about how science can tame the wildness of anthropological study are just that: wrong guesses.  322 more words


Week 7- Clash of Paradigms

The clash of paradigms described by Dr. Leonard Waks and Sir Kenneth Robinson is a struggle between preserving the hierarchical industrial model of education by reforming schooling on the one side, and deploying digital and network technologies to transform education by evolving schools into open educational centers of learning on the other.  1,578 more words

Critical Educational Technology Issues (TIE 515)

Week 6- School Complexity

What makes schools complex?  At the risk of sounding crass, they are comprised of  and surrounded by human beings.  Human beings of all ages, types, and backgrounds; each with their own needs, ideas, expectations, styles, and plans of action for what they think should and shouldn’t be happening in schools.  1,435 more words

Critical Educational Technology Issues (TIE 515)

Week 5- Cunningham v. Waks

This week’s readings got a change-up.  In addition to our assigned chapters from Education 2.0, we also had to read Dr. Cunningham’s critique of the text in… 1,414 more words

Critical Educational Technology Issues (TIE 515)

What’s in it for Me? Motivating Your Learners

People have talked about the WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”) factor in educational theory for decades. It’s the idea that is if people know what benefits training has for them personally, they’ll be more invested. 50 more words