Douglas Crets

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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Best #Education Apps of 2011

What I enjoyed about this list of best education applications in 2011 is that there are so many apps in this list that are not directly marketed as education apps. It speaks to my belief that many of the solutions that create better manageability and efficiency for teachers and students are not coming from straight up education vendors.

Ed tech is going to surprise so many people with how it already exists on the social web, churning massive amounts of data and helping us pinpoint the best ways to teach kids. Here’s a small slice from the list, but you should visit Larry Ferlazzo’s blog for the full scoop.

As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be:

* accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.

* free-of-charge.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* completely browser-based with no download required.

It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2010, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2011.

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Gaming: Serious Educators Should Look Into This

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Gaming has become a very important subject in the field of online learning and classroom learning. If you are a serious educator, you should check out the gaming blog at StackOverflow.  I am adding it to the blogroll, because I see a lot of potential in having serious discussions there about using gaming in education.

 

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Teacher-Directed Ed Reform Flick Attempts Oscar Nominee Bid

Here’s a little press release we sent around today.

Teacher-Directed Doc Confronts Literacy Crisis Head-On

Film Has Won Six Recent Awards, Tracks Three Bronx Teens Escaping Poverty through Poetry

See “To Be Heard” at AFI Silverdocs in Silver Spring, Maryland June 24-25, 2011

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Mother Goes to Jail for Getting Her Kid Into Better School

The short response to this is that there are solutions to this kind of problem. A mother in Akron, Ohio faces jail time because she lied about where she lived in order to get her child into a better school.

I’m not conversant enough in the ins and outs of the political game in Ohio, but the way school is run these days is a lot like a feudal kingdom. Politicians in charge of budgets are in charge of who gets to go to what school. And fights over school budgets play an important role in what child gets a particular kind of education.

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