Change Issues in Curriculum and Instruction/Final Assignment Links/Change Issues -- Master List
I will put the complete list here by Friday afternoon. -Pete
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1. Moving up the Food Chain: Become comfortable with questioning our own / the system’s assumptions and traditions about the way education should work.
2. Moving Beyond “Wrong” = “Bad”: Realize that mistakes are not purely bad.
3. Redefining “Cheating”: Last century’s definition is no longer necessarily the best one.
4. Knowing What You Don’t Know vs. Knowing What You Know: Understand that the former is probably more important.
5. Feedback and Isolation in Digital Environments: When isolation can be physical and/or psychological, what can be done to allow for meaningful feedback?
6. The Digital Divide: The various issues that surround access to technology play a major impact on the extent to which and ways in which technology can be effectively employed in today’s educational system in American and beyond.
7. Recursive Learning: Learning does not always happen in linear fashion.
8. How School Policy Should be Influenced by Social Software
9. What Teachers Need to Know about Social Software: How do we know what to use? How do we find it? How do we use it effectively?
10. Differentiation: Meeting the Educational Needs of All Learners
11. Multi-Tasking: Plusses and Minuses -- Understanding the dynamics of multi-tasking
12. Sychronous vs. Asynchronous Learning: What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Is there a "happy medium"?
13. Mobilizing Social Software: Effective Use of Technology to Help Promote Critical Thinking in the Teaching and Learning Process
14. Teaching "Collabulation": How can we teach students to develop their own systems of classification along with their peers and the community?
15. Online Games: Effective Use in an Educational Environment
16. Digital Divide: How long do we wait to implement these new technologies without waiting too long?
17. Age-Specific Social Software: How can social software be classified with respect to age-appropriateness? Can these software transcend age brackets?
18. Cellphones: Should students have their teachers' cell phone numbers?
19. Social Software as a Crutch: At what point does social software stop being productive and start functioning as an excuse for irresponsibility?
20. The Social and Cultural Implications of Social Software: How Technologies Can Amplify Every System's Strengths and Weaknesses
21. Social Software Adding Meaning to Student Work
22. Balanced Constructivism: Challenging Within Boundaries
23. Learning how to Learn (and Teach): Experimenting with One's Own Learning (and Teaching) Styles
25. Reform in Reality: How can educators' good ideas actually be implemented in the real world?
26. Teachers as Content Authorities: How can teachers teach effectively without "knowing everything"? What is an appropriate level of student participation in the teaching process? Switching roles (teacher/learner) across a continuum at appropriate times.
27. Linking the Unknown to the Known
28. Educational By-Products: Learning One Thing After Being Taught Another
29. Maximizing the Effectiveness of Dialogue: Effectively Using Conversation in Education
31. Effective Consumption of Information: Navigating the Ocean of Information
32. The Right Tool for the Job: How can we find the appropriate tools (software, etc.) to achieve our various educational objectives?
33. Wiki and Rhetoric: Re-evaluating Rhetorical Principles Based on Web 2.0 Innovations
34. Involving Parents in the Learning Process Through Web 2.0 Innovations
35. Addressing Resistance: Converting the Web 2.0 Nay-Sayers
36. Making Connections Through Web 2.0: Between Parents and Teachers, Teachers and Teachers, Teachers and Students, etc.
37. Diverse Curricular Support Materials: YouTube and other Web 2.0 Innovators Providing Diverse Educational Resources
38. Tailoring Web 2.0: How can we make these technologies engaging for diverse groups of people?
39. Helping Collaboration Exist in a Standards-Based Educational Environment
40. Keeping Up and Knowing What to Keep Up With: How do we know what questions to ask?
41. Who's Responsible? Who should be held accountable for making change happen?
42. Believing That Change Can Happen: Becoming Comfortable with Risk
43. Professionalizing the Teaching Profession: Teacher and Administrator Accountability and Effective Motivation
44. Teaching Ourselves and Our Students to Learn Through Trial and Error: Self-Study, Fear of Risk, etc.
45. Individuality's Relationship to Isolation: Does the "American way" set us up for isolation?
46. Context rather than Content is of primary importance.
47. New Learning Theory
48. Searching is A PART of Learning -- not the whole process.
49. Disconnect between theory and practice with reference to testing.
50. Tests may be expedient, but they might not be authentic.
51. Tests geared toward low-level learning.
52. Preparing for tests replaces instructional time.
53. SOLs as Ceiling Rather Than Floor
54. The Future of Accountability? -- Dumbing down the test? Incentives for Passing?
55. Accountability cannot work if it stops in the schools.
56. Disconnect between policy-makers and practitioners.
57. Taking advantage of opportunities for input -- finding a common ground.