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Me when I was little

 

Here is a video my brother compiled of me when I was little!  Wasn’t I cute?  Although I apparently had some misconceptions about the game Duck, Duck, Goose….

I love my family so, so much.

Also, yesterday I found this article which references my brother’s research in the seventh paragraph!

Hope you are having a great week!

Thanks for reading.

Meditatiooonnnnnnn

I just finished my first meditation class!!  And I feel so, so good.  I feel like I just cleaned my brain out. And my body.  It was intense.  It was sort of like drugs, but better.  I feel better than when I get that amazing runner’s high.  We also did a good amount of sun salutations and I left feeling determined to eat healthier.

Also, I am hoping to start allergy shots soon.  I am so sick of this never-ending headache of mine.  I can’t believe it because it is FEBRUARY!!  Never thought I’d be looking forward to getting regular shots….

That is all.  Have a loverly rest of your week!  Also hope your allergies are not nearly as bad as mine (West Coast) either that or you are prepared for some of the coldest temperatures on record (East Coast)!

 

Proficiency-Based Personalized Learning

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Michael Horn from the Clayton Christensen Institute, interviewing Jose Ferreira, the founder of Knewton.  No doubt our children will be benefitting (and/or suffering — big potential for privacy violations in this market) from Knewton in the future.

 

Technology can process enormous quantities of information much more rapidly than the human brain.  Technology can adapt new pieces of information within a personalized learning infrastructure within milliseconds. And although it is relatively impersonal (compared to human interaction at least), it can still measure and amass a very nuanced inventory of user knowledge and use that to help humans learn at their own individual pace.  This is in fact quite revolutionary.  This is the basically the future of learning.

A HUGE part of teaching is doing inventory.  For example, this coming week I’m taking over teaching a few subjects that my team teacher usually covers.  In order for me to teach my students effectively I need to know exactly which topics my students have learned and which they haven’t learned.  I need to know which subjects they think they have learned, but in reality, they’ve gotten most of their answers wrong or they are missing a key concept in the process. I need to give them the next relevant piece of information for them to progress in Math, English, Geometry, Culture, etc.  I need to be ready to speed up or slow down depending on how ready they are to absorb the information and, if they’re really struggling, I need to be ready to find the holes in their foundation that are preventing them from grasping the new concept.

In order for me to take comprehensive inventory, I need to look through each page of each student’s notebooks.  As you may guess, this is immensely time-consuming. It takes away from time I could spend doing lesson prep, buying materials, and most importantly, helping struggling students and working with small groups.  So here is where ed tech comes in. Companies like Khan Academy and Lumosity, and platforms like Knewton make learning personalized based on correct or incorrect answers to questions.  Students can work on this while the teacher is helping students who need individual help.  The computer collects data on students– so the teacher can pinpoint exactly which students are learning which concept. This also takes away the stigma of learning slowly.  Students can privately struggle with a concept on the computer without being labeled the ‘stupid kid’.  These programs create a safer, healthier learning environment and alleviate many opportunities for kids to compare themselves.

This is essentially the market of ed tech.  It is growing bigger every year and I think with the correct implementation, this can make classrooms exponentially more efficient.  I think on the whole, combined with the right dialogue about learning, it can also improve the psyche of the classroom and respect for different paces and modes of learning.  I’m really excited about this market.

Here is another interesting article about what makes technology in schools so valuable.  Chapter seven of Disrupting the Classroom by Clayton Christensen is another great read on the topic (if not a bit dated now).

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David Rose, a developmental neuropsychologist adn educator, showing ways technology can help students with print learning disabilities (like dyslexia) to learn patterns in music. This was at the LearnLaunch ed tech conference at Harvard in January.

Thanks for reading!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend.