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Welcome to the August edition of the AALF newsletter!
Once again we're pleased to bring you another edition of the AALF newsletter, One-to-One.
This month, we have a new editorial by Bruce Dixon, President of AALF, who writes about how iPads encourage incrementalism. You'll also find an editorial by Susan Einhorn, Executive Director of AALF, who questions what form a school should take. In addition, you'll find an article by Nick Sauers who discusses student agency in 1:1 programs; as well as an article by Michael Valentine on the new online program, Hale @Home, that is helping to ease the transition into a technology-rich environment for rural students; and an interview with Carolyn Thompson, teacher at McGehee School in Louisiana, concerning the community of scholars she is building in her classroom. Furthermore, we have a few announcements on new research regarding 1:1 programs in Europe, an exciting new program recently launched by TakingITGlobal, as well as a collection of our most popular articles from the past two years for your perusal.
As always, you'll also find some of our regular features: Have Your Say and Share Your Expertise as well as a list of upcoming Events that may be of particular interest to 1:1 educators.
Click on the link at the end of each article to read it in its entirety on our website. Please share your thoughts or add your stories to any of these articles. We would love to hear from you!
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In this editorial, Bruce Dixon
, President of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
, argues that iPads encourage incrementalism in schools; they simply allow students to do the same things they have always done a little bit better. He asks: is this really the best we can do?
Click here to read Bruce's thoughts.
I USED TO THINK - SCHOOL AND OUR ASSUMPTIONS
This month, Susan Einhorn, Executive Director of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation, questions our assumptions on the form a school takes. If it were up to you to invent school today, what would it look like?
Click here to read Susan's editorial and please add your comments in the comment section below!
in Perth, Australia, is an independent school for boys that spans grades 1-12. Many students at Hale attend as boarding students, having left their rural communities. In 2013, Hale took a step to ease the shift from rural educational settings to their vast, highly academic, technology-rich independent school. They have designed a program, known as Hale @home, where the boys enroll in a 1:1 Tablet program and undertake a weekly synchronous connection with the Hale @home teaching team while still living in their hometowns.
to learn more about Hale @Home!
MOOCs TO CHANGE K-12 EDUCATION
AALF consultant and Lehigh University education professor, Scott Garrigan, speaking at ISTE 2013, asserted that "the water has already begun trickling through the dike," concerning the introduction of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in K-12 education. Click here to read Scott's opinion on the subject!
HAVE YOUR SAY
Does your school use online courses (such as MOOCs) as part of the curriculum?
Let us know by responding to our 10-second poll!
We'll post the results in the upcoming newsletter! Thanks for participating!
TakingITGlobal LAUNCHES FUTURE FRIENDLY SCHOOLS
We're excited to announce that TakingITGlobal
has recently launched Future Friendly Schools
, a new program designed to drive student engagement in learning. Future Friendly Schools
is a certification and network supporting schools in adopting the values of global citizenship, student voice and environmental stewardship, while integrating the approaches of immersive ICT use and project-based learning.
Here is what TakingITGlobal co-founder, Michael Furdyk, had to say about the program:
"We're building a community of schools committed to becoming living laboratories for innovation in teaching and learning, who are interested in collaborating with their peers to drive student engagement to new heights. The program is open to schools at all levels of development in these value areas, and will evolve each year with input from the community and our steering committee."
Interested schools can register to participate today at www.futurefriendlyschools.org
, and will receive the certification guide for the program's first year in August 2013
**Also, be sure to check out this recent video
published by TakingITGlobal on the professional development work they've been doing with the Toronto District School Board.
| WIDESPREAD STUDY ON 1:1 IN EUROPE
A new study developed by European Schoolnet
(EUN) provides an overview and analysis of 1:1 initiatives in primary and secondary schools in Europe, in order to identify factors for successful implementation, and to present policy options for innovation in education. The study spans 31 recent 1:1 initiatives involving 47,000 schools and 17,500,000 students across 19 European countries. Click here
and review its findings!
MILD VS. WILD-- STUDENT AGENCY AND 1:1
In this article, 1-to-1schools.net blogger Nick Sauers shares some strategies that range from "mild" to "wild" for involving students in 1:1 planning. He argues that students should be a participant in the 1:1 planning process.
Click here to read Nick's take on student agency.
BUILDING A CLASSROOM OF SCHOLARS
As part of the process of revising the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning framework, Susan Einhorn, AALF Executive Director, visited Carolyn Thompson, teacher of History, Government, and Geography at McGehee School for Girls in New Orleans, Louisiana, and asked her how 1:1 technology has changed her teaching practices. She shared some powerful insights on the manner in which 1:1 allows educators to build a community of young scholars in their classrooms.
Click here to learn more!
**Also, be sure to check out our 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning video on Contemporary Learning featuring Carolyn!
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CONVERSATION STARTING POINTS
Get the conversation started with this month's quote from Alfie Kohn:
"We are living through what future historians will surely describe as one of the darkest eras in American education -- a time when teachers, as well as the very idea of democratic public education, came under attack; when carrots and sticks tied to results on terrible tests were sold to the public as bold "reform"; when politicians who understand nothing about learning relied uncritically on corporate models and metaphors to set education policy; when the goal of schooling was as misconceived as the methods, framed not in terms of what children need but in terms of "global competitiveness" -- that is, how U.S. corporations can triumph over their counterparts in other countries.
There will come a time when people will look back at this era and ask, "How the hell could they have let this happen?""
Do you agree with Kohn? Join the conversation and let us know!
Do you have any particularly inspiring education quotes to share? Email us and we'll spread the word!
Check Events on the AALF website regularly to keep up-to-date on other events of interest to the 1:1 community.
August 23-24, 2013
The Homeschool Conference
This conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative education, and is also valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.
SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2013
The world's first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more.
NOVEMBER 18-22, 2013
Activities will include short talks called "ignite talks" given by invited presenters, followed by work time when attendees can network, plan future projects, and/or learn about various projects, tools, and initiatives.
February 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2014
ASB Un-Plugged is an all-in-one learning opportunity for audiences ranging from classroom teachers to technology directors and coordinators, from principals, superintendents and business managers to tech support teams. As you and your colleagues consider building a 21st century teaching and learning environment, enjoy ASB Un-Plugged's learning and networking opportunities. Registration deadline is October 1, 2013.