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Gehörlosengerechtes Bauen: Deaf Space Architektur | Sehen statt Hören | BR Fernsehen | Fernsehen | BR.de
"Steel, glass, concrete, open and flooded with light: modern architecture appears generous, clear and bright. This meets the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing. But what does deaf building really look like?"
deaf  architecture  schools  schooldesign  accessibility  disabilities  disability  via:cervus  design 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Ein ganzer Ort macht Schule <br />Zwischennutzung in Feldkirchen an der Donau – Blog – schulRAUMkultur
[translation from: www.DeepL.com/Translator

"A whole place goes to school
Interim use in Feldkirchen an der Donau
12.02.2017

Feldkirchen an der Donau is cheering and being cheered. A jewel of contemporary school construction and a committed pedagogical practice put this Upper Austrian community in the limelight. There are many reasons why this was successful. One of them was almost overlooked. The temporary use during the construction site period was an impressive feat of courage and cooperation on the part of civil society, preparing the team of female teachers for their practice in the cluster school unintentionally and, after almost 40 years, turning an advanced school concept from the 1970s into reality. The Feldkirchen hiking school is history again - but it has made history in Feldkirchen ...

The details can be read in the download. The text is the slightly revised version of my technical contribution in the magazine schulheft 163, which was published in autumn 2016. The building of fasch&fuchs.architekten, on everyone's lips, can in my opinion be understood more fundamentally, more profoundly, if the prehistory is also taken into account. This would almost be submerged in history. By a lucky coincidence I was able to salvage and secure it. It shows very well how meaningful spatial school development can be for the success of best architecture.

Meeting room of the parish in use as a school © parish Feldkirchen an der Donau

The use of architecture is a dance with habits. Architects understandably tend not to see the real (not imagined) use anymore. Usage is quickly invisible because "unseen", usage takes place after our creative phase. Therefore, both phases - phase 0, project development, and phase 10, settlement accompaniment - are relevant for school conversions that require laymen to act anew. I will report about it soon - in Leoben I was commissioned for phase 10 at the Bildungszentrum Pestalozzi - an experiment!

The reference to the original contribution in the school book 163: Zinner, Michael (2016): A whole place does school. Text contribution in: Rosenberger, Katharina; Lindner, Doris; Hammerer, Franz (2016, editor): SchulRäume. Insights into the reality of new learning worlds. schulheft 163; 41st year; StudienVerlag Innsbruck. 77–88

A whole place goes to school [.pdf]
http://www.schulraumkultur.at/perch/resources/170206-blog-zinner.michael-2016artikel.schulheft163-ueberarb-ein.ganzer.ort.macht.schule-seite77bis88.pdf "]
education  schools  schooldesign  microschools  community  temporary  sfh  lcproject  openstudioproject  communities  neighborhoods  decentralization  via:cervus  architecture  pedagogy  teaching  learning  howweteach  1970  austria  progressive  tcsnmy 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Innovative Learning Environments & Teacher Change
"The Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project funded for 4 years from 2016-2019. It brings together the expertise of leading researchers in education and learning environments and partner organisations in education and learning environment design and technology.

The project will be lead by Associate Professor Wesley Imms, who heads a cross disciplinary team of researchers from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne. The project is affiliated with the Learning Environments and Applied Research Network (LEaRN)."
via:cervus  australia  learning  schooldesign  melbourne  education  teaching  architecture 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Deep Snow Press | The School
"The School: Humanity’s New Future

In the foothills of the highest mountain in Europe, in a valley with glacier-fed springs, surrounded by ancient megaliths and natural power spots, there lies a school where the future of humanity is now being forged. A bright future.

A dream? A reality!

For three decades now a Russian visionary Mikhail Shetinin has been shattering both mainstream and ‘alternative’ views on education, while creating humanity’s new future. At his School, the children have designed, built, and decorated their own campus. They cover the entire high-school curriculum in one year and get official Master’s degrees by the time they are seventeen. They cook their meals, do administrative work, and write their own textbooks. They contemplate the meaning of the Universe and swim in mountain streams. They dance, draw, sing, and pick strawberries in the surrounding fields. They can shoot from an automatic rifle and fight with swords. They master ancient folk crafts by awakening their ancestral memory, which goes deeper than any written history now known to us. The girls choose not to wear miniskirts, make-up, or flashy jewelry. They have no interest in TV or video games. They do not prepare themselves for ‘life’ — they live every moment they breathe. They do it all with a mission to reclaim our true essence and to bring back to planet Earth the era of awareness and peace... The School will fill you with tremendous inspiration as you witness the enormous creative power revealed in each human being.

Get a glimpse of the fourth dimension!

We have carefully prepared a “3 in 1” version of this remarkable documentary. It includes the DVD with two versions of the film: with English subtitles (preserving the beautiful Russian soundtrack and the resonant voices of the children) and with English dubbing. Plus, included is a 16-page full-color booklet with the full transcript of the film (you’ll want to refer to it again and again), and with never-before-published photographs of the School! All-region DVD (NTSC). Running time: information-packed 30 min, distilled from hundreds of hours of footage.



The School is just so out of the ordinary, we now receive a stream of inquiries from people aged 8 to 73, wanting to enroll in this School! This was our own instant reaction too, age notwithstanding. You certainly won’t find another place like that anythere on the Earth. Teenage children having a strong desire to be in the School are welcome to visit it in the summertime. The location of the School is given in the film. Knowledge of at least some Russian is strongly recommended! There is no formal admission process, everything depends on the child’s own desire and ability to establish a connection with Mr. Schetinin and the students."
schools  education  learning  documentary  unschooling  deschooling  mikhailshetinin  freeschools  russia  alternative  via:cervus 
september 2017 by robertogreco
Freie Demokratische Schule [Free Democratic School] - Kleine Dorfschule Lassaner WinkelKleine Dorfschule Lassaner Winkel
[text from Google Translate]

"Trust
At our school, trust is the basic quality. It permeates the living relationships between large and small people, on which the work, the game, the life and learning are based. At the same time, the adults trust in the ability of the children to find their own learning rhythm and stand by them carefully.

Connectivity
People are deeply connected to and dependent on other creatures. We ourselves are nature, and to respect and love them is a central concern of life and learning at the Little Village School. We learn the communion with people, plants and animals as a basic necessity, and thus a community culture is practiced at the "Kleine Dorfschule", based on solidarity, caring and responsibility towards the entire community.

Living democracy
The small village school is based on democracy, freedom and human rights. The daily practice of self-determination and participation in decisions concerning the school community enables learners to understand and understand the essence of living democracy at all levels. It is from such an understanding that there is a willingness to take responsibility for themselves and others.

Freedom
The "Kleine Dorfschule" is a place where people learn freely and self-determinedly. We see freedom as a prerequisite for the development and healthy growth of young people. Already Leo Tolstoy (as a pedagogue), Maria Montessori and Célestin Freinet assumed in their work that children need freedom, in order to be able to learn and to develop optimally.

Peace in the
face of dissatisfaction and fragmentation in the present times, we understand the development of communion, co-humanity and nonviolent conflict resolution as a major concern of our school. To live peace requires the respect and appreciation of diversity and equanimity - in coexistence with people as well as with the whole of nature."



"Life and learning are inextricably linked. Living learning can only unfold in an atmosphere of freedom, security, and relationship-an experience that is confirmed today by the findings of brain research and education.

Every child is curious. Inquiring, it conquers its world. From our point of view, young people bear all their potential, which wants to develop freely - beyond anxiety, pressure, and adult-oriented teaching methods. Learning at the Kleine Dorfschule is a creative, lively process, determined by the children themselves.

They are supported by learning companions as well as people of their trust in developing their personal strengths and creatively mastering crises. In the learning groups age-mixed, interdisciplinary learning is the hallmark of the school day. There is a variety of different learning forms, such as courses, learning agreements, individual learning plans, learning in working groups or in free projects, etc. Instead of evaluations and censors, there is careful accompaniment and lively feedback culture. Learning comes from inner motivation: the children follow their own impulses - they learn, play, read, build, calculate, explore, make music according to their individual rhythms. Instead of assessments and censors, there is careful accompaniment and lively feedback culture. Learning comes from inner motivation: the children follow their own impulses - they learn, play, read, build, calculate, explore, make music according to their individual rhythms. Instead of assessments and censors, there is careful accompaniment and lively feedback culture. Learning comes from inner motivation: the children follow their own impulses - they learn, play, read, build, calculate, explore, make music according to their individual rhythms.

The learning culture is based on the following principles:

• Holistic education ("learning with the head, the heart and the hand")
• Free development of the personality within the school community
• The development of a living relationship culture
• Practical democracy, equality, participation
• Connectivity, sustainability, ecological responsibility
• Mutual respect and appreciation
• Integration of the social environment (village life, factories, workshops, workshops, etc.)

In this way, the learning fields are embedded in the lifeworld of the children from which they originated. Thus a reconnection takes place: Important cultural techniques are not considered as abstract tasks, but as exciting learning possibilities in the flow of daily life. Experiences in other democratic schools show that the learners acquire the same competences and a level of knowledge as is done at regular schools, only in their individual temporal rhythms."



"Internal structure

The small village school Lassaner Winkel has a number of characteristics that are characteristic of the democratic schools:

The school meeting
This is a community decision-making forum at the "Kleine Dorfschule", which meets at least once a week. The school meeting consists of the pupils as well as the staff of the school. Here, all members of the school community have the opportunity to discuss current organizational and content concerns, questions, problems and to decide. Regardless of age and function, everyone has a voice.

The formation of responsibilities and working groups
In order to be able to cope with and coordinate the numerous activities of the Little Village School, the task of the school assembly is to form responsibilities. It decides in which areas workplaces and responsible persons are needed. Responsible persons are children or employees, who take responsibility for specific tasks and areas.

Rule-finding as the task of the school community
In order to ensure the protection of all children as well as of the school community as a whole, rules are needed that can be internalized by all parties involved. To act responsibly also means to respect and respect rules and limits that are important for the individual and the school community. The rules are drawn up by children and employees at the school meeting. Through the experience of the common design of rules that arise out of the needs of the individual and the community, their meaning becomes clear to all parties involved.

Violence-free common conflict
solution At the Kleine Dorfschule, we consider conflicts as a creative learning field, which all parties concerned turn to constructively. Thus, disputes can be conducted without violence, and there is the possibility of turning to a clarification council. As a matter of principle, all children and employees can always seek protection from the Council. It consists of regularly changing members, whereby the different perspectives of a conflict can be directly experienced and the sense of justice can be strengthened.

Participation, Participation
At the center of the Small Village School - as at every democratic school - is the principle of participation and participation. From the very beginning, children and young people have been learning how to shape living democracy. Codetermination is understood here neither as an instrument of the enforcement of the power of the most talkative nor as a partial co-decision-making possibility, but as a principle full of participation and as an instrument of joint responsibility and equal decision making."
schools  germany  via:cervus  democracy  democratic  democraticschool  freeschools  education  unschooling  deschooling  sfsh  community  participatory  howwelearn  trust  children  learning  responsibility  participation  holistiic  freedom  mutualesepect  connectivity  sustainability  experientialeducation  experieniallearning  lcproject  openstudioproject 
august 2017 by robertogreco
101 Wacky Ideas: Reclaiming a Nation of Pre-Graduates | CEOs for Cities
"For city leaders endeavoring to achieve greater numbers of college graduates in their city, those people who have some college or began study but did not complete their degree represent an enormous opportunity.

In order to develop strategies to get pre-graduates to complete a four-year degree, however, their special needs must be better understood.  
Through ethnographic research on pre-graduates and interviews with experts, opportunities for increasing access to college and college attainment were identified.  From this research ideation salons were held to develop 101 new ideas for reclaiming a nation of pre-graduates.

Process & Personas contains the full background and detailed ethnographic personas, while Ideas captures the entire list of 101 ideas and visually displays the top 5.

This work was made possible by a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education."
via:cervus  2010  luminafoundation  highered  highereducation  pre-graduates  popupschools  lcproject  education  cities  ceosforcities 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Agora
"…a multi-disciplinary gathering space of professionals, driven by the urge to explore new ways of interaction in today’s context. Seeking the balance between individuality & collectiveness. Individuals practicing and sharing their skills, providing to the collective a network, where connections are highly encouraged and facilitated resulting in a meaningful proactive community."

"…part of an artistic enterprise; a platform for the encounter of multi disciplinary projects, driven by urge to explore new ways of working & relating to projects & ideas in the actual context.

A space, a host for ideas in constant change agora provides space for artists, entrepreneurs, designers, bloggers, academics, programmers, accountants, performers, journalists, photographers, video makers, collaborators, writers, doers & dreamers.

Agora is a mix of individual initiatives & collective projects. Individuals exploring & creating a collective platform where connections & encounters are facilitated."
community  glvo  via:cervus  agoracollective  design  art  coworking  berlin 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Agora
"AFFECT is a self-organized program where the participants share their projects in order to challenge themselves within the inputs of other artists – the process is facilitated by Agora Collective.

7 artists from different backgrounds are placed in the same space to affect each others work.

PURPOSE to challenge artistic projects within a collaborative context

PRINCIPLES AFFECT is a skill-sharing program based on collaborative artistic practices developed by and for young professionals who want to challenge a specific project

CONCEPT 7 artists from different backgrounds are placed in the same space to affect each other’s work.

STRUCTURE Period of 4 weeks Art Space at Agora’s top floor – 120 sq. meter in a industrial building in Neukölln Berlin 7 artists are selected through open call 4 variety of interventions with 2/3 facilitators per week…"
agoracollective  art  via:cervus  glvo  2012  residencies  berlin 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Deborah Meier's Blog on Education: February 2012 - Trip to Japan
"My son reminded them that it was not so long ago when teachers and politicians in America were told that Japanese schools were the future. Why can’t we do as they do, we were asked? Before that it was Russian schools. And since then it’s been Singapore and now Finland. We were told Japanese children were obedient and hard working, although listening to the teacher talk last week it was clear that they were having virtually all the same problems we were and moving in the same direction we are. They found our description of Japanese education amusing.

There is a lot of educational turmoil there as here, as two “factions” battle for the future: those wanting a more rigid, centralized, exam-driven top-down approach and those who believe the Japanese have to move in a progressive direction if they are to become innovators as well as followers—economically and politically."
debate  comparison  international  standardizedtesting  obedience  testing  traditional  progressive  policy  via:cervus  education  2012  japan  deborahmeier 
february 2012 by robertogreco
The straws that broke this camel's back - philippa young
"I arrived at The University of Oxford last Monday morning. Arrived to read a Masters in Migration Studies. I have had a year-long public debate over whether university was a good idea or not. I have decided on the not. (At least not right now)

Primarily I'm listening to my gut, which has been screaming NO at me about once a month for the past year and a half, placated only with the heavy hand of reason that threw around cards like: "it's only 9 months" and "it's Oxford"

Then there are the voices that ask questions. Questions like, why? These are the people unfased by a name, and unfettered by debts because they had chosen not to buy into a system, or to work it to their financial advantage."
philippayoung  education  highereducation  highered  learning  unschooling  deschooling  dropouts  2011  purpose  meaning  knowledge  prestige  courage  dougaldhine  via:cervus  self-directedlearning  oxford 
october 2011 by robertogreco
PsycNET - Display Record: The impact of schooling on academic achievement: Evidence from homeschooled and traditionally schooled students.
"Although homeschooling is growing in prevalence, its educational outcomes remain unclear. The present study compared the academic achievements of homeschooled children with children attending traditional public school. When the homeschooled group was divided into those who were taught from organized lesson plans (structured homeschoolers) and those who were not (unstructured homeschoolers), the data showed that structured homeschooled children achieved higher standardized scores compared with children attending public school. Exploratory analyses also suggest that the unstructured homeschoolers are achieving the lowest standardized scores across the 3 groups."
homeschool  unschooling  testing  standardizedtesting  2011  missingthepoint  research  structure  unstructured  via:cervus 
september 2011 by robertogreco
PROBLEMA the film
"Who are we in the 21st Century?

A cinematic interpretation of the world's largest round table gathering, PROBLEMA is a visually imaginative, thought-provoking invitation to a world of global dilemmas. Spanning seventeen questions confronting who we are and where we're going, the film follows the insights, perceptions, reflections and views of over 100 people from more than 50 nations sat together in one circle.

A not-for-profit production, PROBLEMA is freely available to watch and to download via this website. If you'd like to support the film, we encourage you to host a screening, to sign our guestbook or to consider making a micro-donation to help further its human connection."
film  activism  classideas  capitalism  documentary  thinking  dilemmas  problemsolving  criticalthinking  teaching  global  philosophy  2011  via:cervus 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Berlin: Europe's hottest startup hub - Aug. 9, 2011
"Berlin, known for its creative vibe & underground music & art scenes, has been an ideal backdrop for a venture looking to make sound a shared experience.

Ljung describes the city itself as startup: ever-changing & innovative, creative with a bit of an anti-establishment attitude.

"It has a tradition of the counterculture & wanting to do things a different way," he says. "You go back to why people start startups — they want to do things differently."

Berlin's current air of artistic & entrepreneurial freedom is linked to its tumultuous history. Walk though the city & you'll pass structures and monuments that have been destroyed & rebuilt, only to be destroyed & rebuilt again during World War II. Buildings punctured with bullet holes are a constant reminder of Nazi Germany & the city's post-war struggle.

But since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the city has let its hair down — pivoting yet again to become a center for all things creative: technology, design, fashion, music."
via:cervus  berlin  cities  startups  soundcloud  history  entrepreneurship  creativity  reinvention 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Smories - new stories for children, read by children ["Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids"]
"We got the idea for smories.com during an extremely long journey…

Our daughter (8) had the idea to film herself w/ our ipod reading Enid Blyton short stories, & then play them back to her younger sister (6). This kept them entertained for hours.

Our kids have always loved reading to each other a&nd are transfixed when other children read them stories. They are also obsessed w/ the internet & will make their way to youtube any time they get their hands on a computer.

We thought a website that had a continuous flow of new stories, read aloud by kids, would make a healthier destination than so much of the stuff out there. Imagine you're stuck in traffic & need to keep a miniature person entertained…

…we also thought it would be a great unthreatening forum for showcasing unpublished stories. This allows writers to test their work in a straightforward and transparent way, hopefully giving them exposure which they might otherwise not have received."
education  children  books  online  writing  stories  storytelling  via:cervus  webdesign  classideas  readalouds  tcsnmy  toshare  webdev 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Larry Smith's Six Word Project on Vimeo
"Larry Smith wants to know your story. Since 2006, Smith has undertaken the Six-Word Memoir Project inviting his Smith Magazine readers to tell their stories in just a handful of words. His project can now be found in classrooms, boardrooms, hospitals, churches, speed-dating sessions, and at live six-word “slams” across the world."
smithmagazine  sixwordproject  twitter  2006  via:cervus  classideas  larrysmith  simplicity  sixwords  storytelling  identity  biography  publishing  viral  books  efficiency  expression  writingprompts  hemingway  2010 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Audioboo [Similar to SoundCloud]
"We are a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and upload audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear."
web  mobile  music  audio  onlinetoolkit  podcasting  podcasts  classideas  via:cervus 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Postcards from Berlin BETA
"There are 32 places in America named Berlin. We are collecting true stories about these Berlins in the form of video, text and images. The idea is to create a space for collaborative storytelling, in which participants can share their stories as well as contribute perspective to the stories of others. Our plan is to pick your 12 most interesting stories and make an episodic feature film!In the mean time, we hope this website becomes an inspiring and fascinating territory for personal narrative. Along the way we’ll be announcing new ways to get involved, as well as sharing stories from our friends and project partners in Berlin, Germany. It’s a chance for Americans and Germans to learn about one another in a new way."
storytelling  berlin  us  germany  via:cervus  film  exchange  classideas 
july 2011 by robertogreco
What’s the difference between the ‘Open Classroom’ of the 1970s and ‘Open Space’ learning today? « Anne Knock: Learning everywhere today
"Open classrooms peaked around 1974…conservative backlash…saw a return to the traditional view of schools…pendulum swung, ‘Back to the basics’…

So why will open space learning work today?

…some similarities…an era of unprecedented change, as it was in the 1970s…questioning the practices of what has gone before & reinventing many aspects of society, & this generation [too]…is rewriting the rule-book.

…number of reasons why open space learning in 2011 is not just a passing fad, but marks a significant shift…

Emergence from the industrial era

Design and building innovation

Brain research

But most significantly, technology is the biggest game-changer, & especially the personalised & ubiquitous nature of technology & the ability to access knowledge & connect as far as we can possibly imagine.

This doesn’t mean that this is the way we will stay. The key is flexibility."
2011  1960s  1970s  education  teamteaching  via:cervus  teaching  learning  schooldesign  change  whatsoldisnewagain  openlearning  openclassroom  schoolwithoutwalls  larrycuban  history  lcproject  tcsnmy  technology  ubiquitousconnectivity  brainresearch  flexibility  design  collaboration  coldwar 
july 2011 by robertogreco
studiostudio, dyslexie lettertype, project dyslexia, dyslexie, lettertype dyslexie, project dyslexie: The font for people with dyslexia
"font…especially designed for people w/ dyslexia. When they use this, they make less errors when they are reading. It makes reading easier for them. It takes less effort.

The font Dyslexia is used by several schools, universities, speech therapists & remedial teachers. In an independent research of University of Twente has been proven that the font Dyslexia improves the reading results.

Research:

The study at University of Twente showed people w/ dyslexia made fewer reading errors when they use the dyslexia font instead of…standard font.

The people w/ dyslexia made fewer errors, than normal readers, on EMT w/ the font “Dyslexia”. This is an indication that reading with the font “Dyslexia” decreases the amount of reading errors.

This study was performed with 21 people with dyslexia. The text was at university level. The research was done by using standard lists w/ words of the EMT list & Klepel list."

[Video also here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLtYFcHx7ec ]
fonts  accessibility  dyslexia  readability  typography  typeface  toshare  via:cervus 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Information is Beautiful: Plenty More Fish In The Sea? | News | guardian.co.uk
"What were the oceans like before over-fishing? David McCandless visualises the Atlantic's past"<br />
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"It was created for European Fish Week which starts June 4th. It's highlighting the damaging results of decades of chronic over-fishing through exhibitions and events. Find out more and see more visualisations at http://ocean2012.eu/ "
economics  environment  sustainability  information  visualization  fishing  over-fishing  food  2011  via:cervus 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Poems and related texts ["Everything makes more Everything makes more Everything makes more Everything makes more Everything makes more", Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, 1975]
[Google translation] "The storytellers go on, the auto industry carries on, the workers continue to
Governments continue to rock & roll singer keep going, the prices go, the
Paper further makes the animals & trees to keep going, day & night carries on, the moon rises,
the sun rises, her eyes go door to go, his mouth opens, one speaks, one does
Signs, signs on the walls of houses, signs on the street signs in the machinery that moves
are movements in the rooms…
old newspapers blowing across an empty parking gray, wild bushes & grass grow in the
are left behind debris land in the middle of the inner city, a construction fence has been painted blue, to
the fence is a sign nailed to stick posters of prohibition…
go on, go on the elevators, the walls of houses continue, the city makes
Next, the suburbs continue ... All the questions continue, as will make all the answers.
The space will continue. I make eye on & look at a white piece of paper."
1975  via:cervus  poetry  german  rolfdieterbrinkman  storytelling  writing  continuity  suburbs  life 
june 2011 by robertogreco
*openmargin
"Read. In our minimalistic eReader the focus is on the text, so you can listen to the author's voice. Let his words inspire your own thinking.

Write. When a passage resonates with you, make sure you highlight it and add a note. It's your contribution to the dialogue surrounding the book.

Share. The openmargin lies next to the text, it's the place where the notes of all the readers are collected. Here you connect thoughtfully with readers you never met before."
books  social  socialmedia  reading  community  ebooks  openmargin  annotation  notetaking  via:cervus  bookfuturism  ios  ipad  applications  writing 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Hugh MacLeod on disruption of the status quo « First Friday Book Synopsis
"Ever since I got addicted to Charlie Brown cartoons as a child, I’ve always believed in the power of cartoons.As an art form, a form of literature, as a spiritual exercise, as a bringer of light, a bringer of mirth, as a form of entertainment.<br />
Then as I was developing the Cube Grenade idea, I started to see them beyond the traditional confines of “Art”, and more and more, agents of change.<br />
By that I mean, a cartoon with the right, mysterious chemistry of form and content COULD impact an organization in a positive way, to create REAL value, to create a spark that could ignite something unique and powerful.<br />
Without buying huge chunks of expensive media, the way traditional advertising does."
statusquo  via:cervus  disruption  disruptive  inexpensive  advertising  value  change  changeagents  hughmacleod  deschooling  unschooling 
april 2011 by robertogreco
The City As School - Gilberto Dimenstein - Revitalizing Cities - Harvard Business Review
"I then realized that the educational process happens not just inside the school walls, but in three different places: school, family and community.

When I came back to São Paulo - a chaotic metropolitan area with 20 million people - I decided to do an experiment using this knowledge. The city was going through its worst period of violence and degradation. In my neighborhood, Vila Madalena, we developed the learning-neighborhood project in cooperation with a group of communicators, psychologists and educators. The core idea was to map the community's resources: theater, schools, cultural centers, companies, parks, etc. We created a network and trained the community to take advantage of all these assets, turning them into social capital. With this model, the school is trained to function as a hub, connecting itself to the neighborhood, and then, to the city."
cities  schools  explodingschool  urban  infrastructure  colinward  education  lcproject  informallearning  informal  thecityishereforyoutouse  socialcapital  gilbertodinmenstein  sãopaulo  cityasclassroom  experience  experientiallearning  realworld  schoolwithoutwalls  bolsa-escola  via:cervus  opencities  opencitylabs  networkedlearning  ivanillich  deschooling  unschooling  catracalivre  neighborhoods  community  communities  communitycenters  learning  families 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Gene Mutation Tied to Needing Less Sleep - NYTimes.com
"Dr. Fu said that while many people might sleep only six or fewer hours a night, most were not naturally short sleepers. For instance, they use stimulants and alarm clocks to maintain a shortened sleep schedule.

“Many people get only six hours of sleep a night, but we drink coffee and tea to make ourselves stay up,” she said. “That’s a very different thing. Our body needs 8 to 8.5 hours.”

The genetic mutation appears to be rare. Out of 70 families with known sleep problems studied at the university, only one family carried the mutation. Dr. Fu said fewer than 5 percent of people appeared to be naturally short sleepers.

The real benefit of the research will come if and when the mutation is identified in other individuals. That could lead to new discoveries about sleep timing and duration, and possibly new treatments for sleep disorders."
sleep  psychology  health  science  genetics  mutations  mutants  human  sleepdisorder  insomnia  via:cervus 
april 2011 by robertogreco
– WE_Leadership – Volume 5
"In this issue we turn to the question of how the WE correlates with leadership in a networked world. At first sight the dynamic, self-organizing amorphous “WE” might seem a strange bedfellow to the strict, unbending, authoritarian ideas of “leadership” mainly found in business. But in a world in which the WE is in constant flow, where it is highly connected & is developing more & more impact all around the globe, leadership models which aren’t flexible in structure, speed & agenda will simply fail. Leaders are no longer appointed; nowadays they are chosen.

All over the world we see the emergence of new WEs that are in constant flux. Just take a look at the Arab countries Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya & Yemen and you’ll see WEs experimenting with completely different forms of leadership. Forms unknown to most of us. Their structure is complex. They’re not settled yet. All we know is that these new WEs are driven by many leaders of a new kind all seeking to make a difference."
leadership  management  administration  tcsnmy  we  structure  lcproject  hierarchy  flow  flux  via:cervus 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum [Evangelical School Berlin Center]
"The Evangelical School Berlin Center was founded with the goal of a reform school with a radical change in the culture of learning. As an evangelical school is the Christian faith standard for learning and action . As a private school, we wish to be crucial in view of sustainable development. We hope you find our site, what do you want our school know about and look forward to your comments."

[Basti knows head of school Margret Rasfeld:  http://www.ev-schule-zentrum.de/683.0.html ]
margretrasfeld  via:cervus  teaching  learning  schools  berlin  germany  education  progressive  alternative  privateschools 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Hackbus
"This site is a community tool for the evergrowing armada of hackbusses.<br />
<br />
We need a root movement of doing strange things with hardware which was not intended (aka "hacking") because only when we use things in ways other than they were planned can something new arise.<br />
<br />
Hackbusses (or mobile hacklabs or hack vehicles) are a low-threshold way of bringing the culture of hacking to the people. They are migratory learning and teaching units, taking the talented hackers and their ideas out of middle-class urban centers and bringing them to people who might not otherwise be aware of the possibilities available to them! Let's have a good time n tha hood! And let's drive to the villages!<br />
<br />
We follow a long tradition of this nomadic approach to bring self-empowerment to the people. These units can be everywhere. And they should be everywhere. Start one yourself!"<br />
<br />
[See also: http://www.hackbus.at/ ]
hacking  diy  community  wiki  howto  hackbus  via:cervus  sidestreetprojects  hacklabs  mobile  mobilelaboratory  tinkering 
april 2011 by robertogreco
A Human Right
"The mission of ahumanright.org is to improve the human condition by advocating for and safeguarding global access to information as a human right. We serve to facilitate mans ability to contribute and access knowledge, to further mankind’s ability to receive, seek and impart information and ideas.<br />
Our vision is to connect all people by creating and stewarding a freely available decentralized global system of communication."
internet  education  activism  future  humanrights  via:cervus  ahumanright  palomar5  accessibility  access  information  communication  decentralization  ideas  broadband  web  connectivity 
april 2011 by robertogreco
No Right Brain Left Behind
"…a speed innovation challenge, calling on the creative industries to concept ideas that can help the creativity crisis happening in U.S. schools today.

In collaboration with Social Media Week 2011, teams from creative industries will have 5 days to concept ideas. On the last day of the week, ideas will be submitted virtually to this site, and an expert panel will pick 3 winning ideas that are to be featured by our media partners. The best ideas are to be piloted in 2011 and 2012.

We are inviting teams of various sizes from advertising agencies, innovation companies, design consultancies, and communication schools. Ideas can be in form of tools, applications, or products, or whatever else we have not thought of…

It is not about creating more artists. It’s about giving the students tools to solve 21st century problems…."

"We are a collective of thinkers, dreamers, doers, creators, educators, and provocateurs in the creative industries."
education  creativity  crowdsourcing  learning  lcproject  via:cervus  schools  prototyping  pilots  tcsnmy 
april 2011 by robertogreco
World Peace...and other 4th-grade achievements - About the Film and the Game
"World Peace...and other 4th-grade achievements interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students' participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students' full potential."

"The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As "nation teams," students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used."

[See also: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/Media/Darden-News-Articles/2010/Founder-of-World-Peace-Game-Named-Fellow-of-Dardens-Center-for-Global-Initiatives/ ]
film  johnhunter  worldpeace  fourthgrade  education  teaching  simulations  classideas  economics  society  politics  tcsnmy  ted  global  perspective  projectbasedlearning  via:cervus  pbl 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Born to Learn ~ Meandering
"The brain works like that – I call it “helicoidal thinking”. Contrary to the best expectations of politicians and educational administrators learning is never linear, it is much more like the meandering river, shaped by its helicoidal flow. When you are gently meandering and going where the mood takes you, you frequently find that you solve a problem which, when sitting uncomfortably at your desk, you just couldn’t work out.

That is why young children need playgrounds, and adolescents need mountains to climb.  We adults especially need to meander again to escape the limitations of linear thinking.  To meander is critical – always following a straight line may take you to the wrong place."
meandering  cv  thinking  linear  linearthinking  helicoidalflow  flow  johnabbott  learning  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  tcsnmy  serendipity  via:cervus  education  linearity 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Born to Learn ~ You are Born to Learn
"Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn."

"The findings from recent research have started to clarify the essential distinction between “learning” and “being taught”. With this better understanding (from the 1980s onwards) of how children actually learn we are able to see how their innate curiosity can all too easily be knocked out of them by insensitive schooling, unchallenging environments and poor emotional support."
learning  education  brain  via:cervus  video  toshare  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  human  humans  instruction  constructivism  socialemotionallearning  teaching  play  formal  informallearning  independence  dependence  society  experientiallearning  socialemotional 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Roadtrip Nation: Define your own road in life! - Roadtrip Nation
"The Manifesto: Before we embarked on our first Roadtrip, we were feeling The Noise and pressure around us to conform. Our Manifesto keeps us true to the original principles that started us on this journey.<br />
Our History: Imagine telling people you were going to travel across the country in a bright green RV to learn how people defined their own lives. You can imagine the reactions – but we knew we needed to find our Open Road. Here’s our story.<br />
Education: Extending the Movement into education, we started a nonprofit, RoadtripNation.org. Our curriculum empowers students to get out into their communities and connect what they learn to their real world."
roadtrip  roadtripnation  education  comfort  comfortzone  mobile  mobileschools  place  location  community  via:cervus 
april 2011 by robertogreco
One in five new teachers to change fields — Keskisuomalainen
[Obviously not a perfect translation from Google] "One in five newly graduated teachers to change the field a few years after graduation. The main causes of the exchange are poor pay, job demands and job burnout. Restless children and parents need more and more distressed.

Teachers' identity work of the examiner Cathy Stenberg, teachers do not know enough about him. S identity should be better taken into account in teacher education.

Thus avoiding the burnout that some teachers face in a few weeks. Tiredness also prevents the teacher's role clarification.

The school is social media, multiculturalism and children's leisure activities contribute to a windy spot. Stenberg believes that the school's role should be defined as new.

He winds would also teaching principles. The 1990s, teaching methods are already outdated."
finland  education  via:cervus  burnout  teaching  schools  maybethegrassisnotgreen  policy  work  pay  salaries  attrition  parents  children  realities 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement (Paperback) - Routledge
"This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learning.

A major message is that what works best for students is similar to what works best for teachers – an attention to setting challenging learning intentions, being clear about what success means, and an attention to learning strategies for developing conceptual understanding about what teachers and students know and understand…"
johnhattie  education  learning  teaching  schools  practice  meaning  challenge  success  attention  strategy  curriculum  visiblelearning  via:cervus  books  routledgeinternational  toread 
february 2011 by robertogreco
How Berlin Became the Coolest City on the Planet - The Hollywood Reporter
""New York in the '80s." "London at the height of Britpop." "Paris in the '30s."

Berlin now.

If you believe the hype, and you really should, Berlin is the coolest city on the planet."
berlin  hype  cities  trends  world  via:cervus  yearoff  germany  art  film 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Sylvia (1985) - IMDb
"Real-life story of Sylvia Ashton Warner's pioneering work teaching Maori children to read in the 1940's."
film  via:cervus  sylviaashtonwarner  maori  newzealand  education  literacy  1940s  māori 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Udemy Blog » Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: Udemy interview with Professor Allan Collins
"People can pursue their learning goals much more easily outside of schools, & so that seems to me the most likely way technology will influence learning."

"biggest obstacle is for society to recognize that technology is going to have its major impact on education outside of school. The elites in society are buying themselves and their children all sorts of educational advantages, through technological resources such as sophisticated games and computer-based courses. This means that technology is exacerbating the differences in educational outcomes between the elites and non-elites in society. Since technology is only used marginally in schools, the schools cannot mitigate the problem."

"Schools are into controlling what the students are learning and doing. Not only do educators want to decide what is important to learn, but they also have to worry about their legal responsibility for what kids are doing at school. If you let kids onto the web, the school will lose control."
education  technology  via:cervus  learning  unschooling  deschooling  control  schools  curriculum  curriculumisdead  teaching  policy 
january 2011 by robertogreco
If you truly want to engage pupils, relinquish the reins and give them the chance to learn by doing - News - TES Connect
"Innovations in education that engage young people and have the most profound impact will not occur because someone told teachers what to do and how they should do it. They won't come by tinkering with the curriculum or seeking the perfect balance of assessment. The most important changes in learning this decade will come around because someone, a teacher, maybe you, thought that things weren't what they could be and that something new was worth a try. They will get together with colleagues and make time to talk through the possible and seemingly impossible. And then they will go and try it out.

Don't think (too hard). Try."
education  ewanmcintosh  via:cervus  teaching  tcsnmy  innovation  student-centered  studentdirected  student-led  learning  unschooling  deschooling  make  making  doing  gevertulley  hightechhigh  larryrosenstock  tinkeringschool  tinkering  rogerschank  experience  experimentation  experientiallearning 
january 2011 by robertogreco
At the Core of the Apple Store: Images of Next Generation Learning (full-length and abridged article) | Big Picture
"What are the essential features of the Apple Store’s learning culture?

* The learning experience is highly personalized and focused on the interests and needs of the individual customer.

* Customers can make mistakes with little risk of failure or embarrassment. Thinking and tinkering with the help of a staff member provide opportunities for deep learning.

* Challenges are real and embedded in the customer’s learning and work.

* Assessment is built right into the learning, focusing specifically on what needs to be accomplished.

A disruptive innovation? We think so. The Apple Store has created a new type of learning environment that allows individuals to learn anything, at any time, at any level, from experts, expert practitioners, and peers."
apple  applestore  learning  schooldesign  innovation  via:cervus  education  lcproject  technology  williamgibson  geniusbar  retail  studioclassroom  openstudio  thirdplaces  problemsolving  teaching  unschooling  deschooling  personalization  individualized  challenge  disruption  assessment  deeplearning  21stcenturylearning  learningspaces  thirdspaces 
december 2010 by robertogreco
8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study | Wired Science | Wired.com
"A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new paper in Biology Letters, 25 8- to 10-year-old children from Blackawton Primary School report that buff-tailed bumblebees can learn to recognize nourishing flowers based on colors and patterns.

“We discovered that bumblebees can use a combination of colour and spatial relationships in deciding which colour of flower to forage from,” the students wrote in the paper’s abstract. “We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.”"
science  education  biology  research  bees  tcsnmy  teaching  learning  experimentation  realworld  via:cervus 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Hechinger Report | What can we learn from Finland?: A Q&A with Dr. Pasi Sahlberg [Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture]
"There’s no evidence globally that doing more of the same [instructionally] will improve results. An equally relevant argument would be, let’s try to do less. Increasing time comes from the old industrial mindset. The important thing is ensuring school is a place where students can discover who they are and what they can do. It’s not about the amount of teaching and learning."

"Most educational ideas that we are employing are initially from the U.S. They’re American innovations done in a Finnish way. You know, in the United States, there are more than enough ideas, there’s superior knowledge about educational change and you speak a language that has global reach. If you want to learn something from Finland, it’s the implementation of ideas. It’s looking at education as nation-building. We have very carefully kept the business of education in the hands of educators."

"It’s very difficult to use this [value-added] data to say anything about the effectiveness of teachers."
education  teaching  edreform  finland  reform  learning  policy  unions  valueadded  nationbuilding  industrialeducation  time  moreofthesame  qualityoverquantity  us  via:cervus  lcproject 
december 2010 by robertogreco
geek.teacher » Blog Archive » What #edcamp has to teach us about PD: A letter to administrators
"Edcamp only exists because we as teachers were compelled to take our professional development into our own hands. You see, we have a problem: most professional development stinks. It’s one of the many running jokes of being a teacher."
via:cervus  teachereducation  edcamp  blog4reform  2010  professionaldevelopment  learning  freedom  autonomy  choice  purpose 
december 2010 by robertogreco
A New York Private School Faces Realities - NYTimes.com
"But the school has also developed some characteristics familiar to any New York private school parent. Children must now take the same $510 intelligence test that other schools require for admission. Tuition for kindergarten is now more than $28,000.

And despite the fact that it has no permanent real estate, limited financial aid and no track record of placing students in top schools, six families applied for each available slot in next fall’s preschool class.

“We’ve become what we were rebelling against,” said Matt Goldman, one of the founders."
via:cervus  blueschool  education  schools  progressive  selectivity  elitism  nyc  testing 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Your Word Processor Is Distracting You (Global Moxie)
"When author Jonathan Franzen wrote The Corrections, he went so far as to blindfold himself in order to give complete concentration to his prose. In a 2001 profile of Franzen, The Guardian wrote:

"He locked himself away in his spartan studio on 125th Street in East Harlem to write. Some days, in order to keep his mind “free of all clichés,” he wrote in the dark, with the blinds drawn and the lights off. And he wore earplugs, earmuffs and a blindfold. “You can always find the ‘home’ keys on your computer,” he says in an embarrassed whisper. “They have little raised bumps.”"

Here’s a guy who won the National Book Award for his novel, and he couldn’t even see his screen, let alone diddle with his word processor’s line spacing. “What you see is what you get?” When your task is building ideas, WYSIWYG just isn’t all that relevant."
jonathanfranzen  writing  wordprocessing  text  markdown  johngruber  distraction  attention  editing  focus  bbedit  textmate  via:cervus  wysiwyg  editplus  textwrangler  notepad 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Shaping The Future of Play | design mind
"Play is our greatest natural resource, so how do we make sure that our kids are playing in the right way?"

"Like De Matteo, all adults ultimately need to re-imagine how we can enable and support these future “change agents.” The answer may lie in four foundational pillars of play: open environments, flexible tools, modifiable rules, and superpowers."
via:cervus  play  gaming  scratch  toys  videogames  superpowers  openenvironments  exploration  creativity  problemsolving  flexibility  flexibletools  modifiablerules  rules  imagination  programming  future  learning  unschooling  deschooling 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Why don't we believe non-native speakers? The influence of accent on credibility [.pdf]
"Non-native speech is harder to understand than native speech. We demonstrate that this “processing difficulty” causes non-native speakers to sound less credible. People judged trivia statements such as “Ants don't sleep” as less true when spoken by a non-native than a native speaker. When people were made aware of the source of their difficulty they were able to correct when the accent was mild but not when it was heavy. This effect was not due to stereotypes of prejudice against foreigners because it occurred even though speakers were merely reciting statements provided by a native speaker. Such reduction of credibility may have an insidious impact on millions of people, who routinely communicate in a language which is not their native tongue."
psychology  language  credibility  accents  communication  xenophobia  confidence  prejudice  processingdifficulty  comprehension  via:cervus  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Your city sucks! (And so does mine) – stu.mp
"I very much enjoyed my time in the Pacific Northwest and would recommend checking out both Portland and Seattle. I’m slightly biased towards Seattle because I prefer bigger, denser cities. I didn’t like Boulder at all due to the cold climate and small size of the city.

As a result, I’m sticking with San Francisco, despite poop filled bananas, because it’s a big, dense city filled with a bunch of weirdos who love building great technology."
via:cervus  sanfrancisco  seattle  cascadia  portland  boulder  colorado  comparison  california  cities  living  moving  technology  bayarea  entrepreneurship  pacificnorthwest  losangeles  nyc 
november 2010 by robertogreco
You Media
"YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library's downtown Harold Washington Library Center. YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.

High school age teens engaging with YOUmedia can access thousands of books, over 100 laptop and desktop computers, and a variety of media creation tools and software, all of which allow them to stretch their imaginations and their digital media skills. By working both in teams and individually, teens have an opportunity to engage in projects that promote critical thinking, creativity, and skill-building."
via:cervus  chicago  lcproject  openstudio  libraries  socialmedia  education  digitalstorytelling  newmedia  collaboration  contentcreation  community  unschooling  deschooling  learning  criticalthinking  creativity  youmedia 
november 2010 by robertogreco
If money doesn’t matter… « School Finance 101
"A) Then why do private independent schools, like those attended by our President’s children (Sidwell Friends in DC), or by Davis Guggenheim’s children (?), spend so much more than nearby traditional public schools?"

B) Then why do venture philanthropists continue to throw money at charter schools while throwing stones at traditional public schools?

C) Then why do affluent – and/or low poverty – suburban school districts continue in many parts of the country to dramatically outspend their poorer urban neighbors?"
via:cervus  education  policy  funding  money  waitingforsuperman  schools  us  politics  independentschools  publicschools  reform  2010  wealth  poverty  privilege  elite  elitism  charterschools 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Why is Berlin the place to be? - Berlin Meeting of Connections 2010
"When thinking about moving I asked myself: Which is the city that inspires me most? Where are the people who dare to live their life in their very own personal way? The people who don’t care about what “the matrix says”. The people for whom money-making is a consequence of following their heart & way of living…

Frankfurt in my opinion is more about maximizing everything. It’s more about moving things forward w/in structures, along the lines. It’s not about questioning structures or creating something new.

But choosing Berlin in the end wasn’t only a decision between Frankfurt & Berlin. I’ve also lived in Hamburg & Munich. I chose Berlin because it is so different to any other city. Elsewhere life is much more structured: You have to adapt to lots of rules & live up to somebody else’s expectations. In Berlin, you just do it, whatever that may be. & you do it the way you want to do it."
berlin  via:cervus  cities  creativity  glvo  independence  possibility  expectations  structure  rules  adaptation 
october 2010 by robertogreco
The End of Education Is the Dawn of Learning | Co.Design
"new learning emerging all round world. Regions & communities throughout world are embracing & developing new "ingredients" of learning: superclasses of 90-120 students; vertical learning groups; stage not age; schools w/in schools; project-based work; exhibition-based assessments; collaborative learning teams; mixed-age mentoring; children as teachers; teachers as learners… Obviously, in world where every culture, context & community is unique…no one-size-fits-all solution, however enlightened it might be.

…simple rule of 3 for learning spaces: No more than 3 walls so there is never full enclosure & space is multifaceted. No fewer than 3 points of focus so "stand-and-deliver" model gives way to increasingly varied groups learning & presenting together (requires radical rethinking of furniture). Ability to accommodate 3 teachers/adults w/ children…old standard of ~30 students in box robbed children of so many effective practices; larger spaces allow for better alternatives"
stephenheppell  via:cervus  schools  schooldesign  tcsnmy  lcproject  learning  education  studioclassroom  mixed-age  verticallearninggroups  superclasses  teacherasmasterlearner  studentasteacher  exhibition-basedassessments  assessment  presentationsoflearning  sageonthestage  furniture  design  pedagogy 
september 2010 by robertogreco
YouTube - Royston Maldoom - Vertrauen, Leidenschaft, Tanz, Pädagogik [Rhythm Is It]
"I think what children respond to in education at all ages is passion and people who want to share that passion and their experience with them. So, I don't usually use the word education. I call it adults sharing their passion and experience with children."

"There is a very strong case for getting artists into schools, but I don't think it's just artists. Schools should be porous. Children should be able to go out and others should be able to come in whether its carpenters, businessman, dancers, whatever. For me, school should be a meeting place, and not a ghetto where you take a child and say, "Despite the fact that everything of real interest is happening outside, you are going to sit there for the next fifteen years and we are going to educate you in isolation.""
arts  dance  education  roystonmaldoom  passion  tcsnmy  trust  teaching  learning  via:cervus  porous  schools  schoolascommunitycenter  realworld  explodingschool  openschools 
september 2010 by robertogreco
[ Ali Edwards ] : Working Through Creative Fear
"What are we afraid of in our creative lives?<br />
<br />
1. Messing up.<br />
2. Thinking this is the one and only chance to tell this story so it simply must be perfect.<br />
3. People not appreciating what we create.<br />
4. Being seen as selfish or extravagant for indulging yourself in your creative endeavor.<br />
5. Not getting anything done.<br />
<br />
Any of those sound or feel familiar? Let's look a bit at the realities:…"
via:cervus  creativity  fear  inspiration  motivation  productivity  glvo  art  failure  risk  risktaking 
august 2010 by robertogreco
hrrrthrrr [First quote from this page, reminds me of the following three.]
[via Sebastian who also sends this along: http://aliedwards.com/2009/05/working-through-creative-fear.html ]

"Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at - just please yourself." –Ralph Steiner

"If only everyone could learn to look more like themselves." —Jonathan Harris http://number27.org/today.php?d=20091026

"I asked him what was the secret to being a great teacher, and he said, “Well, you’ve gotta bring yourself to class every day. Your whole self. Your problems, your opinions, your stories—all of it. When you’re a full person, your students see you as an equal, and they trust you like they trust each other." —Jonathan Harris quoting his fourth grade teacher Ronald Bazarini http://number27.org/wb-baz.html

"A genius is the one most like himself." —Thelonious Monk
http://robertogreco.tumblr.com/post/75776357/
ralphsteiner  identity  authenticity  creativity  success  advice  jonathanharris  theloniousmonk  ronaldbazarini  via:cervus 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Master Planner: Fred Brooks Shows How to Design Anything | Magazine
"Wired: How does a guy who grew up in the 1940s among North Carolina tobacco farmers get into computers?

Fred Brooks: I collected maps as a kid. I had tried all kinds of ways to index my map collection, which got me interested in the notion of automatic data retrieval. In 1944, when I was 13, I read about the Harvard Mark 1 computer in a magazine, and I knew then that computers was what I wanted to do...

Brooks: You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality...

Wired: Do you have any advice for young industrial designers and software architects?

Brooks: Design, design, and design; and seek knowledgeable criticism."
via:cervus  fredbrooks  collecting  collections  maps  programming  process  failure  history  computing  advice  technology  kevinkelly  indexing  dataretrieval  data  computers  interviews 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Don’t do inquiry | Wisdom Begins with Wonder [Total of ten reasons given, four quoted below]
"...4. It won’t prepare them for college: Maybe that says more about college than it does about kids and how they learn? In reality, though, a kid who knows how to think and learn will probably do okay in college.

3. It won’t prepare them for the “real world”: Nope. No boss wants an employee who can take on a project, manage that project independently and deliver a quality result at the end. Mindless drones in cubicles is what they really want. We’ve all seen Office Space!

2. I might lose “control” of the classroom

Can you lose something you never really had in the first place? Control over a kid’s behavior is an illusion. I work with a teacher who is really proud of the discipline in his classroom. His car gets keyed regularly. He gets prank phone calls in the middle of the night at home. He’s in control inside his classroom, though.

1. School isn’t supposed to be fun!: Neither is work… I must not be doing it right, then."
inquiry  via:cervus  inquiry-basedlearning  education  tcsnmy  teaching  schools  schooling  schooliness  criticalthinking  deschooling  unschooling  lcproject 
august 2010 by robertogreco
If I Stumble, If I Fall: 5 Tips When Failing | World of Psychology
"Failure is a part of life since our earliest moment of consciousness. Somewhere along the way, we think of failure as something bad — it gets laden down with judgment and negative thoughts. But failure is a normal and natural part of life that is neither bad nor good — it’s just how we learn.

So the question isn’t whether you want to fail or not (because you will — we all do!), but how quickly you can embrace your failure, learn something from it, and try again. We can learn something from a toddler learning to walk — they don’t take their failure to heart; they simply try again."
via:cervus  failure  mistakes  obstacles  psychology  work  learning  life  attitude  tcsnmy  success 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Neuroskeptic: What You Really Feel
"Arthur Schopenhauer is my favorite 19th century German philosopher. Not that this is enormous praise given my attitude to the others, but anyway, here's one of his pearls of wisdom (source):
via:cervus  emotion  emotions  neuroscience  philosophy  psychology  relationships  life  letters 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Blogging Innovation » Failure = Success
"The key to this whole process is the programs’ ability to analyze the failed attempts at solving the problem – to figure out what got them closer to an answer, and what didn’t.

That’s the cycle: formulate, attempt a solution, fail, analyze the failure, formulate again. It’s an evolutionary process, and here are two salient facts about it:

1. The faster you can move through it, the faster you arrive at a solution.
2. Failure is an intrinsic part of this process.
And that’s the real point. Success at innovation is not a golden ring to be grabbed, or a target to be hit. It’s the result of an evolutionary process, and failure is a necessary element of it.

The guys at Google are not dumb. They’re a company of programmers, and they understand that genetic programming is a paradigm of the innovation process. Which is why they embrace failure, and why we benefit from their successes."
via:cervus  failure  learning  programming  coding  success  evolution  google  iteration  geneticprogramming 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Project-based Learning at High Tech High | A 21st Century Education Film Series
"In this film, Larry Rosenstock, describes a vision for educaiton that blends the head, the heart, and the hands. High Tech High embraces learning that flows from personal interests, passion for discovery and a celebration of art, technology and craftsmanship."
education  learning  larryrosenstock  hightechhigh  projectbasedlearning  tcsnmy  toshare  topost  via:cervus  schooldesign  architecture  design  designthinking  designbasedlearning  classideas  presentationsoflearning  art  stem  respect  problemsolving  publicschools  us  charter  craft  make  making  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
A 21st Century Education Film Series
"The twelve first-person films that make up this series explore three related themes, each in its own way at the center of current debate about what works, and what's needed, to help students succeed during school and in life."
21stcenturylearning  21stcenturyskills  film  documentary  tcsnmy  student-centered  education  schools  lcproject  stephenheppell  larryrosenstock  via:cervus  projectbasedlearning  technology  online  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
trendwatching.com's June - July 2010 Trend Briefing covering "MASS MINGLING"
"Long gone are the days when 'online' was synonymous with social isolation and loneliness. In fact, we're now witnessing the exact opposite: technology is driving people to connect and meet up en masse with others, in the 'real world'. It makes for an interesting, easily-digested trend, begging to be turned into new services for your customers."
cyberspacetomeatspace  meatspace  2010  socialnetworking  socialmedia  trendwatching  marketing  via:cervus  internet  location  foursquare  facebook  online  mobile  culture  media  trends  massmingling  meetups  technology  social  web  community 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Amazon.com: Sebastian Hirsch: Wish List
Great list of learning, education, and school related titles from @cervus
sebastianhirsch  via:cervus  books  toread  education  learning 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Never Use the Words "I Can't" | Under30CEO
"Have you ever been told you couldn’t do something? Have you listened to society telling you that you have to get an education to be somebody? Society is bad about making us believe that we have to go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a degree so we can get a good job..."
entrepreneurship  education  society  tradition  unschooling  deschooling  glvo  via:cervus 
july 2010 by robertogreco
A Difference: That's Really Hard Work [Some great similarities between what Michael Wesch does with his class and what we do in class at TCSNMY.]
"The kids begin by co-creating a schedule on a wiki for the research they'll do to solve the problem they've decided to work on. They begin by digging into the problem and reading everything they can on it. Summaries of all their reading are compiled on the wiki. Typically they'll read over 90 articles, papers, or books in the first week of class as they do this. (In more typical University classes they read about three articles in the first week.) Mike guides them, having a little deeper experience in the field then they do, by suggesting other sources they might wish to explore. They continue this research and co-create a research paper for publication. When that's all done, they create very brief condensed video summaries of their research, submit them to Mike who then weaves them together into a brief (5 min?) video. All this is only possible because of the community building work they do together in the first few weeks of the course."
via:cervus  michaelwesch  tcsnmy  lcproject  howwework  classideas  projectbasedlearning  engagement  learning  toshare  topost  projects  projectideas  research  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
How US Public School almost killed an Entreprenuer | The Do Village ["10 things that were constantly reinforced during my 12 years of public school in America that had to be unlearned as an adult desiring to be an entrepreneur."]
"10 things that were constantly reinforced during my 12 years of public school in America that had to be unlearned as an adult desiring to be an entrepreneur.

1. Fit in instead of be original

2. Follow the rules instead of questioning why they exist

3. Helping others is cheating despite the fact that everything you do as a successful adult is a team effort

4. Have good handwriting instead of teaching me to type

5. Do it because the teacher said so, instead of teaching me to understand why doing it is important

6. Don’t challenge authority instead of teaching me that I deserve respect too

7. Get good grades in all my classes, even though I will never do trigonometry ever in life. (Sine these nuts. lol)

8. Don’t fail instead of teaching me to value trial and error

9. Debating and arguing with friends is a bad thing, instead of encouraging independent thought and self confidence

10. Be a generalist and learn things I hate, instead of developing my genius at things that i like.

More Dumbshit that I still dont understand.

*Getting to school late will be punished by making you stay home for 3 days…WTF

*Memorize stuff that now can be looked up on Google.

*Learn to do calculus by hand, despite being required to purchase a $200 calculator.

*Appearing smart is more important than being effective…. REALLY?

These are all that I can think of now. Feel free to add dumbshit you learned in the comments section."
education  tcsnmy  rules  handwriting  typing  cheating  collaboration  helping  respect  authority  schools  schooliness  backwards  confidence  self-confidence  arguing  debate  generalists  specialists  doing  making  do  via:cervus  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  teaching  learning  entrepreneurship  unlearning  rote  math  mathematics  trialanderror  failure  risk  risktaking  toshare  topost  manifesto  specialization  manifestos  rotelearning 
july 2010 by robertogreco
We must fire bad doctors
Four part piece on US education policy that starts with a sarcastic bit about firing bad doctors because of the obesity problem in the US.
via:cervus  schools  policy  education  us  medicine  healthcare  society  meritpay  unions  teaching  publicschools  statistics 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Teenager elected to South Robertson Neighborhood Council - Los Angeles Times
"Five feet tall, with dangly purple earrings and funky sneakers she decorated with a marker, Rachel Lester is one of the city's newest elected representatives.

At 15, she's also the youngest.

Rachel trounced her competition in this month's South Robertson Neighborhood Council election, pulling in 144 votes. Her opponent, a man with two children and a college degree, mustered only 13.

When she begins her two-year term speaking for District 1 in June, she'll have to hitch a ride from Mom to the monthly council meetings. Rachel doesn't have her learner's permit yet, much less a driver's license.

Like the campaign of another successful politician, Barack Obama, Rachel's made the most of Facebook. And like the president, she clinched her victory with the youth vote."
facebook  leadership  losangeles  politics  youth  tcsnmy  classideas  civics  elections  via:cervus 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Musing about learning by doing – confused of calcutta
"the Maker Generation could be in for a fantastic time when it comes to learning by doing, and when it comes to being able to augment that experiental learning with observation of example. Why do I think that? Serendipity. A number of things are coming together: Experience-capture tools are getting better, cheaper and more ubiquitous...Communal tools for sharing are getting better...The Maker Generation is more inclined to share..The need for experience-based learning in the marketplace has never been greater...There’s an increasing focus on education worldwide, with more appetite for radical approaches...Trust in historical command-and-control “broadcast mode” institutions has never been lower...A change is gonna come." [This + Parts 5 and 6 of "Facebook and the Enterprise" (http://bit.ly/5ECGKp AND http://bit.ly/ay8IXP ) have me thinking about Tumblr and other online tools at TCSNMY, and how we use it to learn, model, and observe.]
jprangaswami  education  make  making  makers  experience  experientiallearning  learning  participatory  schools  change  gamechanging  unschooling  deschooling  via:cervus  learningbydoing  toshare  topost  constructivism  doing  resilience 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Proposed 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines | Food Renegade
"Fallon Morell notes that by restricting healthy animal fats in school lunches and diets for pregnant women and growing children, the Guidelines will accelerate the tragic epidemic of learning and behavior disorders. The nutrients found most abundantly in animal fats and organ meats-including choline, cholesterol and arachidonic acid-are critical for the development of the brain and the function of receptors that modulate thinking and behavior. Studies show that choline helps the brain make critical connections and protects against neurotoxins; animal studies suggest that if choline is abundant during developmental years, the individual is protected for life from developmental decline...
nutrition  usda  diet  learning  brain  pregnancy  development  via:cervus  tcsnmy  glvo  guidelines 
june 2010 by robertogreco
The Saturday Profile - Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected - Biography - NYTimes.com
"A polar bear display for the zoo. Free towels at public swimming pools. A “drug-free Parliament by 2020.” Iceland’s Best Party, founded in December by comedian, Jon Gnarr, to satirize his country’s political system, ran a campaign that was one big joke. Or was it?... With his party having won 6 of City Council’s 15 seats, Mr. Gnarr needed a coalition partner, but ruled out any party whose members had not seen all five seasons of “The Wire.”... Mr. Gnarr, born in Reykjavik...to a policeman & a kitchen worker, was not a model child. At 11, he decided school was useless to his future as a circus clown or pirate & refused to learn any more. At 13, he stopped going to class & joined Reykjavik’s punk scene. At 14, he was sent to a boarding school for troubled teenagers and stayed until he was 16, when he left school for good. Back in Reykjavik, he worked odd jobs, rented rooms, joined activist groups like Greenpeace * considered himself an anarchist (he still does)."
bailout  iceland  elections  2010  government  via:cervus  biography  banks  economics  politics  unschooling  anarchism  deschooling  bestparty  jóngnarr  thewire  dropouts  reykjavík  punk 
june 2010 by robertogreco
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