Change Issues in Curriculum and Instruction/Final Assignment Links/Change Issues -- Master List

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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

24. Perspective

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

30. Distraction:

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.