published by David Wees on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 21:24
I hate being interrupted in the middle of a good learning session with my students. It has happened hundreds of times in my career because of an archaic device we use in schools known as a clock. The clock itself isn't evil, but the way we use it in schools has serious ramifications on how our students learn.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 16:32
@MrWejr and @GCouros have both recently posted about award ceremonies. I felt like I could contribute to the conversation, and I agree with their arguments. I just have a couple of other points to add.
published by David Wees on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 22:41
This is a new document that I'm typing using only Microsoft speech recognition. The cool thing about dictation is it allows people who may not have the ability to type documents to still be able to write. From start to finish, this document has been created using dictation.
published by David Wees on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 22:22
I was reading an article on the Huffington post tonight that suggested communities should boycott standardized tests. Some of the comments seemed to support the current tests, with the comment "I took tests in school so why shouldn't these kids?" and other similar arguments. It occurred to me that maybe these people don't actually KNOW what a modern standardized test looks like?
published by David Wees on Sat, 01/01/2011 - 06:36
In terms of my career and how I think about education, 2010 was a critical year. Despite having taught in four different countries, and changing from an inner city school in NYC to a posh private school in London, I'd say that this past year's changes (in my professional life) have been bigger.
published by David Wees on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 17:21
My son has started to learn how to ski. He tried last year, and failed miserably, in fact he gave up in the first five minutes of the lesson, which ended up being a pretty expensive day for a 5 minute skiing lesson. It wasn't his fault the lesson failed, he wasn't ready for it. He was probably too young, and had strong expectations about what he should be able to do when we started skiing.
published by David Wees on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 16:56
A couple of nights ago @PeterVogel told me (and the rest of his followers) about the transit of the ISS or International Space Station. This amazing contraption floats above us in space and is manned all the time by astronauts from eight different countries. It is has been in operation continuously for the past 10 years, and has had 196 different individuals float around our world in it. It is a marvel.
published by David Wees on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 19:05
Socrates would definitely think that computers are dangerous. He would see them as weakening men's minds so that the learner needs to know nothing and can rely on the box in front of them to provide all answers. After all, he thought the same thing about writing.
"...this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves."
published by David Wees on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 14:49
Here's an example from the maintenance committee for our housing coop. Basically, our budget was off by thousands of dollars, and we were trying to figure out why. The explanation is below in the screen-shot I took of our email exchange.