Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekly Roundup - Week of April 1, 2013

Google Nose - One of the great April Fools of 2013. 

Really Gets to the Meat of the Matter - Great article, Need a job? Invent it this week by Thomas Friedman about future jobs and our young people.  One of the best parts of the article is what was said in an e-mail conversation between him and the author Tony Wagner:
“Today,” he said via e-mail, “because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge. As one executive told me, ‘We can teach new hires the content, and we will have to because it continues to change, but we can’t teach them how to think — to ask the right questions — and to take initiative.’ ”
Tony Wagner is the author of “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World”.

Kid President - I like him and I think he has a good message. He sure is cute and funny too.

TASA on iTunes U - I know a few people that have contributed content to the Texas Association of School Administrators iTunes U Site.  They are taking each high school core content area and creating "courses" based on current courses.  Each Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill for those courses are addressed with some sort of strategy, lesson or online resource for teachers to use for instruction.  They are NOT courses for students but resources for teachers.  You need the iPad app for this source.  Check it out!

The iPad and 'Flipping' - Reflections of a concerned teacher - I really appreciated this article and his thoughts.  I want my teachers to take some time to reflect like this.  

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