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The Prisoner's Dilemma as it Applies to Education

In the prisoner's dilemma scenario, two prisoners are each interviewed separately and asked to cooperate with the authorities. Here is an except from Wikipedia on the dilemma.

"The classical prisoner's dilemma can be summarized thus:

A Democratic Education

Joe Bower posted this video on his blog.

Joe writes:

Sometimes the Technology is Necessary

We can argue that good teaching doesn't need technology, and I'm going to agree with that. There lots of really powerful learning opportunities you can do with students that require no technology at all. In fact, if it works better without the technology, don't use it. You are just introducing the risk that the technology will fail and your lesson will flop.

However, there are some things you cannot do without technology, and they are interesting and engaging learning opportunities for your students.

School Bells Interfere With Learning

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.

The Problem with Award Ceremonies

@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.

Using Microsoft's speech recognition: helping my stepfather manage Parkinson's

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.

NY State Regents exam in Mathematics: Fair or not?

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?

Things that changed for me professionally in 2010

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.

Learning through Guided Inquiry

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.

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