By Teachers, For Teachers
How did I let the New York Times and Bruce Springsteen get my educational goat on Thanksgiving? Battling the fatigue of turkey-based tryptophan overdose and trying to tune out the barrage of Christmas music that fills my house every year until December 26, I discovered David Brooks’ editorial in the New York Times entitled “The Other Education”. Reading it filled me with a combination of understanding and frustration.
Are essays really the only way? It hits me about once a year that writing literary analysis essays about whether or not Piggy in The Lord of the Flies is a round or flat character, may not be an essential skill to get a young person through life. What am I doing? Why must I torture Marquis who fell out of his desk last week when I announced the latest writing assignment? The simple answer: it’s on the test.
Move over Moodle, there's a new player buzzing on the online education scene. We recently learned about BrainHoney, a new online course software site, and were impressed with how easy it is to use, the drag-and-drop curriculum connections, and the fact that it's FREE! To learn more about BrainHoney and how it stacks up to the competition, we talked to the man behind the software: BrainHoney developer and marketing VP Dr. Mark Luetzelschwab.
When it comes to the school day, how long is too long? Educational technology leader, Will Richardson, recently said “If you're not uncomfortable right now in education, you're not paying attention”. It is clear that our American education needs to change in fundamental ways. One of these seems to be the amount of time that our students spend in school.