CJ Westerberg: July 2013 Archives


Talking Story: Drowning Doesn't Just Happen to Kids . . . Hana Hank Saved a Family

"And someone saved my life tonight, sugar bearyou almost had your hooks in me, didn't you dearYou nearly had me roped and tied,Altar-bound, hypnotized,Sweet freedom whispered in my ear,You're a butterflyAnd butterflies are free to flyFly away, High away, bye... Read more
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Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner

"We dedicate this book to the parents of children who are growing up in the digital age. We hope our contribution will illuminate the strange and wondrous learning styles of the next generation." John Seely Brown Read more

Personalized Learning: Inflated Expectations?

"Clearly there are some advantages at having certain things personalized for you. As long as it's some options, choices and suggestions, then it's okay. But I wouldn't want to be limited only to what a machine suggests for me. If it's central to my experience, if I'm categorized in a certain way and pushed down a certain path, it could make a much worse experience for me." - Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab, SCRATCH Read more
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Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

What Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison had in common - One Minute Video Read more

Life as a Learning Lab

" . . .we've spent hours and hours discussing how we can help students follow their interests and passions, and also help students learn powerful ideas and develop as systematic thinkers." Mitchel Resnick on Alan Kay, Squeak and Scratch Read more

We've gotten to the point where there is so much private info out there that . . .

Personal Data, its Uses, Ethics & Profiling, and the Rights of People in the Network Read more

MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito: Trad Classes are so yesterday

Doing, Making and Researching: The Future of Education - Video Read more

Dear 16-year-old Me

It's that time of year again. Sun is fun, but . . . spread the word. Video. Read more

3 Things Needed for Authentic Learning

Allowed to Be Curious, Messy and Reflective Read more
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Guest Post: The Difference between a Mentor and Role-Model

"a good mentor takes the time to understand" Read more

How 7 Principles Of Baseball Can Help Transform How Teachers Teach

How to Teach so Kids Can Think and Learn - by Harvard's David Perkins Read more
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Welcome, Professional Students . . . to the Hunger Games, er, we mean School

"First, students have to jump through ever-more demanding, preassigned academic hoops. Instead of developing a passion for one subject, they're rewarded for becoming professional students, getting great grades across all subjects, regardless of their intrinsic interests." - David Brooks, The Creative Monopoly Read more
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NEW POST: The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) as the new MBA?

Sir Ken Robinson: STEM, STEAM and the Humanities Read more

The Education Horse Story

15 Ways to Ride a Dead Horse Read more

Creativity: My Way or the Highway

Doesn't work that way, folks Read more

Why Testing Fails: How Numbers Deceive Us All

"Tests fail because of an effect I call the "Numerical Outcome Principle". . .Our leaders need to look beyond the numbers..." Guest Post By Joseph Ganem, Ph.D. Read more

We're Gonna Make You POPular!

The Top Ten MOOCs Higher Ed "Stars" are Male- Not a Single Woman - Really?? Read more

The Flipped Class Manifest

"The Flipped Classroom is an intentional shift of content which in turn helps move students back to the center of learning" rather than the products of schooling." Read more
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Are we creating innovators? 22 Insights

C.J. Westerberg dissects new book by Tony Wagner - "Creating Innovators" Video Trailer Read more

The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality

We also realize there is a lot of mis-information about the Flipped Classroom and quite a bit of controversy about whether or not this is a viable instructional methodology. Read more

Do students and teachers get feedback or measurement?

What do we measure and why? Questions About The Uses of Measurement by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers Read more
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Alvin Toffler
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