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Welcome to the October edition of the AALF newsletter!
Once again we're pleased to bring you this edition of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Report.
This month, we have a new editorial by Bruce Dixon, President of AALF, who writes about the corporate sector's growing role in 1:1 education and the "tabletization" of learning. AALF Executive Director, Susan Einhorn, shares her thoughts on the definition of personalized learning. You'll also find an article by Karen Ward who discusses AALF coaching and professional development, in addition to sharing details on Corcoran High School's 1:1 program in California, and the role that AALF has played in their program. We also have an article by Will Richardson, who details a new website for parents, Raising Modern Learners. This month we'll also be sharing an article from CEPTA's quaterly journal, DatabusOnline, regarding 1:1 hardware options. Finally, we share some insights on how to build professional learning communities and a shared vision for your 1:1 program.
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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THE "TABLETIZATION" OF LEARNING
In this editorial, Bruce Dixon
, President of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
, discusses the growing tabletization of learning. He asks if we are moving further and further away from our original goals in seeking ubiquitous access to technology for our students.
Click here to read Bruce's thoughts.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING? LET'S BE CLEAR
Is your definition of personalized learning different from your peers'? In this editorial, Susan Einhorn, Executive Director of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
, examines this popular term and questions the way it has been appropriated by various reform groups.
Click here to read
Susan's thoughts on personalized learning!
UNACCEPTABLE: L.A.'s iPAD TROUBLES
Have you read the latest regarding the LA County School District's recent halting of their iPad program? If not, please click here and here, and then check out AALF President Bruce Dixon's opinion on the debacle, as well as his strategies on how these issues could have been avoided.
We welcome you to join the conversation and share your thoughts!
WE'VE GOT LAPTOPS, NOW WHAT? - FOUNDATIONS FOR CLASSROOM SUCCESS
Has your school recently implemented a 1:1 program or have you just started teaching at a 1:1 school for the first time? Are you curious as to what makes a successful 1:1 program?
AALF's 'We've Got Laptops, Now What? - Foundations for Classroom Success'
is a Professional Development course that focuses on best practices of highly effective 1:1 classes and their organization, pedagogy, and learning culture. This course is based on four foundations for learning: inquiry, choice, collaboration, and creativity.
'We've Got Laptops' is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, technology coaches, and administrators who are new to 1:1 teaching and learning.
to learn more!
**The We've Got Laptops, Now What?!
course will be available in early 2014. We are also looking for a small number of volunteers to participate in a course pilot, scheduled to begin in November. If you are interested in helping us shape our new, more interactive course format, please email Susan Einhorn
CORCORAN HIGH SCHOOL: INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Corcoran High School
in Corcoran, California implemented its 1:1 program in 2009. This year, Corcoran launched the Corcoran Academy of Art and Technology (CAAT). Designed as an academy within the larger structure of the school, CAAT provides year 9 and 10 students with an opportunities for increased rigor and relevance within a cross curricular setting
to read about Corcoran's CAAT program, and the role that AALF coaching has played in the process.
1:1 HARDWARE OPTIONS
to read Rolland's reviews!
RAISING MODERN LEARNERS
Raising Modern Learners
, a new site run by Will Richardson
and in collaboration with AALF President Bruce Dixon,
shares how parents need to be involved at the heart of the conversation around change in our children's schools. As Will stresses, we need to enter that conversation with a clear understanding of what is changing, not just in schools but in the workforce, with technology, and in institutions outside of education.
to read more about Raising Modern Learners.
AALF COACHING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
AALF coaches help support districts and site educators to develop their leadership skills, implement a professional development plan, and design the foundation of a successful 1:1 program.
To learn more about the many ways in which AALF coaches can help shape and guide your 1:1 program, click here to read what Karen Ward, Manager of Coaching and Professional Development services at AALF, has to say!
BUILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
What is a professional learning community? How do you go about building one? Click here
to read more about building learning communities, and be sure to explore other AALF education topics here
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CONVERSATION STARTING POINTS
Get the conversation started with this month's quote from Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the better by Clive Thompson:
"The truth is that old and new modes of thinking aren't mutually exclusive. Knowing when to shift between public and private thinking--when to blast an idea online, when to let it slow bake--is a crucial new skill: cognitive diversity."
Do you agree that cognitive diversity is a crucial skill? As an educator, is this something you've discussed with your students or colleagues? We'd love to hear what you think! 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.
Month of October
Follow the calendar linked above to find out about events running all October long.
October 7-9, 2013Wireless EdTech Conference
Whether it's via Wi-Fi or 4G, the world's going wireless. And this conference in Chicago will feature a lineup (forthcoming) of speakers representing districts, campuses, and industry and policy leaders from across the nation that will be sharing their expertise on wireless learning in a mobile society through case studies and model projects.
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.
November 21-22, 2013
Computer-Based Math Education Summit
By bringing together leaders from industry, technology, education, and government, representing a range of countries, this conference addresses the question, how do we deliver improved life chances worldwide by collaborating on a fundamental rethink of the math curriculum?
December 2-3, 2013
Whether your district is just starting to think about implementing 1to1 technology or has been running a program for several years; whether you're a teacher who is unaware of how technology can support your practice, or you've been awarded for your work with technology, the 2013 International 1to1 Conference will provide you with new knowledge, practical strategies and the opportunity to network and collaborate with your educational colleagues from the U.S. and Canada.January 24-26, 2014EduCon 2.6
EduCon is an innovation conference where educators can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas - from the very practical to the big dreams.
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.