Posts Categorized: Learning

Toward minimally cohesive utterances

The quality of French by anglophones in this province will quickly slide to “minimally cohesive utterances” if the Minister of Education, Kelly Lamrock, has his way and abolishes Early French Immersion (EFI). About 75 concerned citizens met in Sackville this evening to discuss how we can reverse this decision that was based on the seriously… Read more »

Learning from others

While the Minister of Education in New Brunswick tinkers with the school system and abolishes Early French Immersion, [more info here] the Finns are quietly ensuring a high quality education system for all. Via Sara Bennett, is this post on lessons to be learned from the Finnish school system. The highlights, in my opinion: School… Read more »

So what do they do at school?

This afternoon the router wasn’t working and both boys (Grade 8 and 10) had a short-lived panic episode, as they needed to get on the Net to do some schoolwork; assigned today and due tomorrow. Of course, they cannot do homework without Net access. It appears that the school here has done a pretty good… Read more »

More Higher Ed Myths

Daniel Lemire, researcher and someone who knows more math than I can imagine, debunks the common knowledge view that you need to go to a quality  university to get a quality education: More generally, if you want to know how to get really smart, go watch what really smart people do. How does the famous… Read more »

Professors criticize French immersion report

Diana Hamilton, and Matthew Litvak, both who have taught statistics at the university level, have several criticisms of the recent Croll and Lee Review of French Second Language Programs and Services New Brunswick’s schools. They have set up a blog, as well as a detailed analysis of the flaws: To summarize, EFI [early French immersion]… Read more »

More platforms

Photo: Platform alteration by harryharris Continuing the platform theme from my last post, I’ve come across two relatively new Web content sharing platforms – Scribd and LearnHub. Both allow for easy uploading and sharing of content that you own. Scribd has unlimited space available while LearnHub is free but will be charging a transaction fee… Read more »

Platforms versus Programs

Jay Cross discusses an interview with John Hagel at FastForward and sees that a move from programs to platforms is necessary in a web-centric world: The way out of the squeeze is to move from programs to platforms. He’s not talking about media. Rather, programs are push, content, and structured (as with software). Platforms are… Read more »

Evaluating the evaluators

The standard university value proposition is that it’s not just a degree but an opportunity for learning and developing critical thinking. At Ryerson University: The special mission of Ryerson University is the advancement of applied knowledge and research to address societal need, and the provision of programs of study that provide a balance between theory… Read more »

Students in the driver’s seat

Is this the future of education? For real writers and creators: Love to write, to speak, and/or to make films? Wish there was a class where you could work on your own ideas, your own projects, and learn advanced podcasting, film-making, writing/blogging, social networking? This class is for you. You design your project(s). You develop… Read more »

… and then our structures shape us

Clay Burell has guest blogger Bill Farren discussing the hidden curriculum of school architectural design. He asks what hidden messages are our schools themselves asking by their inherent design: Did the building’s designers take into consideration its location? Who decided how (if) it should be built? Does the building make an attempt to connect students… Read more »