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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Hold Tight!

Hold tight to what you hold dearly, fellow Snackers! We'll be back next week with something I can't announce but know you'll enjoy! My Monday, usually dedicated to interviewing and producing episodes of S4theB!, was spent this week at the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools' Technology Institute, this year held at Harpeth Hall School here in Nashville. I sat in on several sessions led by educational technology maven Ian Jukes. What the hey, I'll reproduce my classroom blog post right heah!: A stimulating day at Harpeth Hall. It's the 2006 Tennessee Association of Independent Schools' Technology Institute, New Visions for Teaching and Learning. I attended along with a number of other USN educators, including Mackey Luffman, Kathy Weiczerza, Penny Phillips, MaryAnn Lentz, Jake Wilson, David MacLean and Karen Knox. Our stalwart director, Vince Durnan, was also in attendance for some of the conference. After a thought-provoking keynote address by educational curriculum maven Ian Jukes, I walked across the beautiful campus to a new lecture hall in order to sit in on another hour of Ian's dynamic infoshare, this one entitled "Understanding Digital Kids: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape." I slapped together a quick .wmv video (taken with a webcam, so it's a bit grainy, but "GE"--Good Enough. Firefox users right-click and "Open Link Target in IE") that briefly describes my impressions of Ian, who graciously granted permission for audio/video usage with the comment I love to hear, "Use whatever you want to use," and he frequently commented--during his long day of back-to-back presentations--"Creativity is just plagarism from several sources." Hmmmmmm. Sounds alot like folk music! Caution: Jukes warned us at the outset that he would be aiming to unsettle us. The video exemplifies his energetic plea for change. Jukes's website features dozens of comprehensive downloads (see "Handouts") and links that support his call for a radical new approach to teaching and learning. While his comments and entreaties during the keynote and the two workshop sessions I attended generally fell under the heading "projects-based learning," he went a few steps further than other presenters I've witnessed, by sharing several websites that offer vast resources for the PBL educator, including the George Lucas Foundation and His blog is also quite impressive, regularly featuring his top 10 Internet articles for like-minded educators. Does this guy ever sleep!? Comment here if you wish!
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33 Randy Reiserer interview
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35 Overview of CSO
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37 Glenn McCombs interview
38 Albert Reynolds interview
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40 NECC 2006 Highlights
41 Ian Jukes interview
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43 Stephen Camarata interview
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