• Keep kids safe from cyberbullies pdated Thur February 17, 2011
  • Cyberbullying is a growing national concern, with roughly 75 percent of teenagers using cell phones, the most common instrument of harassment. The U.S. education secretary has been talking about it, and the Department of Justice held a cyberbullying summit.
  • Here is a web site with basic knowledge and information to get started.  Stop

    There is also an interview with Parry Aftab on this electronic journal.

    Cyberbullying: An Interview with Parry Aftab

    Posted on February 17, 2011 by admin

    Bonnie BraceyBy Bonnie Bracey Sutton
    Editor, Policy Issues

    Introduction: Parry Aftab, J.D., is the executive director of WiredSafety, a site where victims can receive one-on-one assistance when they have been bullied online. She is the author of a number of books on Internet safety, including A Parent’s Guide to the Internet (1997) and The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace (2000).

    ETCJ: What is cyberbullying? How is it different from traditional bullying?

    Parry Aftab: Cyberbullying is “any cyber-communication or publication posted or sent by a minor online, by instant message, e-mail, website, diary site, online profile, interactive game, handheld device, cellphone, game device, digital camera or video, webcam or use of any interactive digital device that is intended to frighten, embarrass, harass, hurt, set up, cause harm to, extort, or otherwise target another minor” (WiredSafety). Snip!!

    There is also an interview with Nancy Willard on this site.

    Bonnie Bracey Sutton

    Power of US

    Science at the Street Level -Family Science Days

    I have been involved in science expos, family days and the Teragrid outreach. Most of our customers are kids. What the sad part is , is that they come and share and learn and leave with a sense of wonder. What happens in the school most say, is very different. I want to share a few pictures with you from the last Family Days at AAAS. We of the Teragrid were invited to display a booth.

    1. I am sharing this information because the link and information is  here for parents and teachers and some idea of what we were able to participate in. I am also sharing this in case you decide to do science cafes or festivals in your area. This is  a blue print to using community and national resources. There is funding for science cafes and festivals.
    Fabulous images from the Teragrid

    Working the Booth, learning about 3 D Visualization

    [Family Science Days]

    We Met the Scientists at AAAS Family Science Days!

    If you visited  Family Science Days during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).You would have had a wonderful experience. But you actually needed the two days to see it all.

    We browsed interactive tabletop exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and had your questions answered by experts convened by AAAS! This FREE event was open to all

    All Family Science Days events took  place on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 February in Exhibit Hall D of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

    This community science showcase—featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family and kid-friendly activities—shines a spotlight on a broad range of educators working to promote an interest in science among the general public. You can see from some of the pictures here

    Exhibitors at Family Science Days

    AAAS Kinetic City
    Kinetic City ( is a fun, web-based series of science clubs and other resources produced by AAAS. Children learn standards-based science through art, writing, and physical education challenges by using hands-on and on-line activities. Featured this year in our booth will be activities from our Science Gym program, focusing on health, exercise and nutrition. Science Gym is a workout for your body and your mind! 

    American Chemical Society (ACS)Apply for an ACS Hach High School Chemistry Grant. Applications due April 1, 2011!
    Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry through hands-on activities with ACS. Our bodies, world, and universe are all based on the miraculous science of chemistry. Children, teens, and adults are invited to visit with our scientists and join them in hands-on experiments, such as polymer investigations, that will illustrate how chemistry improves people’s lives every day through its transforming power. 

    American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
    ASABE is a global community of individuals dedicated to the advancement of engineering and technology for a sustainable tomorrow. Its 9,000 members are consultants, designers, educators, researchers, and others with unique expertise in agricultural, food, and biological systems. Worldwide, they help provide the necessities of life: a safe and abundant supply of food; clean water; a healthy environment; and the renewable sources timber, fiber, fuel, and energy. 

    American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
    What’s so cool about plant biology and scientific thinking? To find out, try the fun, informative, hands-on plant science activities offered by ASPB. Dig in to make a Lilliputian garden necklace. Peek into plants with easy-to-use microscopes. Collect fun activities to share with your school or community. Meet real plant biologists to learn more about how important plants are to your everyday life. 

    ARKive (Wildscreen USA)
    ARKive, often called the Noah’s Ark of the web, is a unique global initiative gathering together films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world’s threatened animals, plants, and fungi into one centralized digital library. ARKive is leading the virtual conservation effort by creating comprehensive and enduring multimedia species profiles, complementing other species information datasets, and making this key resource available to scientists, conservationists, educators, and the general public. These important audiovisual records are being preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations and freely available. 

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
    BNL, funded primarily by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, houses large-scale scientific instruments and facilities—some available nowhere else in the world. Each year, more than 5,000 researchers use these facilities to delve into the basic mysteries of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, energy, and the environment. 

    Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE)
    CASE’s mission is to improve the science and mathematics experiences of the children of the nation’s capital. Our programs for teachers operate pre-K to high school and include MathforAmerica. Our current children’s programs are intended for students in grades 6-12. Come learn about: First Light; DCBiotech, Outreach Loaner Labs and Bead Into BioInformatics; STEM Teacher Professional Development; Carnegie’s NASA Education and Public Outreach programs; and MathforAmerica. 

    Carnegie Mellon University: School of Computer Science (SCS)
    Students from SCS invite you to their booth to find out what Computer Science is really about. Also, join us and participate in our stage-show presentation! Guess who is the Computer Scientist? Tickle your brain cells with Computer Science Puzzles! Did you know Computer Science is about Magic? … or is it? Meet “Billinda” our robot dog! 

    Deep Earth Academy
    Deep Earth Academy develops programs and materials based on ocean research expeditions. Come learn about the JOIDES Resolution—our amazing research ship—and how scientists on board pull core samples from the ocean floor, use them to learn about our Earth, and live for months at sea. 

    Fab@Home will change the way we live. It is a platform of printers and programs which can produce functional 3D objects. It is designed to fit on your desktop and within your budget. Fab@Home is supported by a global, open-source community of professionals and hobbyists, innovating tomorrow today. The community includes hundreds of engineers, inventors, artists, students, and hobbyists across six continents. The Fab@Home is used in fields as diverse as model making, manufacturing, education, bioresearch and cooking. Come learn about 3D printing of items from chocolate and cookies, to plastic and human organs. 

    FONZ is the dedicated partner of the National Zoological Park and provides exciting and enriching experiences to connect people with wildlife. Together with the Zoo, FONZ is building a society committed to restoring an endangered natural world. 

    GenSpace is the country’s first community biotech lab. We dedicate ourselves to promoting education in biotechnology for both children and adults. Our members work in-and-outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring. We come to underserved schools to work with students, but can also be found at street fairs and green markets. We are strong advocates of hands-on science, using our lab to develop fun activities that both engage and educate. As our programs grow and more community labs like ours develop, we believe our community-based efforts will not only help generate a new generation of researchers, but also inform public science debate. 

    How the Weather Works
    How the Weather Works is a full-service weather education provider. This includes conducting teacher workshops, leading in-school field trips, offering public science education programs, providing quality weather-based photography to clients, and writing books and web content about weather. How the Weather Works prides itself in having a unique meteorologist-educator team to ensure that science and education are blended through multidisciplinary thematic study units. Mathematics, geography, language arts, history, and much more are “webbed” in our programs and products. 

    Jump up and down, create an earthquake, and watch your seismic waves. Create a larger earthquake with the help of your family and friends. Be a seismic detective and answer these questions: Did any earthquakes happen around the world today? Where do most earthquakes occur? Where do you think the next earthquake will occur? Explore these topics and more with IRIS, a university consortium funded by the National Science Foundation to provide facilities for education and research in seismology. IRIS provides free educational activities and resources for audiences including K–16 students and teachers and the general public, and it operates global seismic networks, portable seismic instrumentation, and data access facilities.

    Koshland Science Museum
    The Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences engages the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum’s state-of-the-art exhibits and programs stimulate discussion and provide insight into how science supports decision-making. Current Koshland exhibits include Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health, which explores the microbial world we live in and how our response determines the spread of disease;Global Warming Facts & Our Future, which explores ecological and societal issues related to global warming; and Wonders of Science, which explores ground-breaking scientific research through interactive multimedia. 

    In March 2011, MESSENGER will become the first spacecraft to go into orbit around the planet Mercury. Come learn about the spacecraft and the planet at this fun, interactive exhibit! 

    NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
    SDO is NASA’s newest eye on the sun. Scientists are using SDO to study how solar activity is created and how space weather comes from that activity. Solar activity affects our modern society. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections can disable satellites, cause power grid failures, and disrupt GPS communications. They can also have a big impact on astronauts in space. Come learn all about the sun and space weather, and create your own Space Weather Report. 

    Scheduled to open in 2013, the NCM is a world-class cultural and educational institution dedicated to engaging children and empowering children. Its mission is to inspire children to care about and improve the world. Through 2013, NCM is operating as a Museum Without Walls, participating in a variety of community events and working with other organizations to develop creative partnerships that benefit kids and families. In 2009, NCM opened the Launch Zone, a 2,700 square-foot space at National Harbor, MD, where kids and families can prototype and test exhibit and program concepts. 

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    NIAAA works to promote youth understanding of the effects of alcohol on coordination and the dangers associated with these effects. NIAAA will present the “Cool Spot Carnival,” which will use resources and messages from the Institute’s Cool Spot website geared toward young adolescents, aged 8 to 18, to show the negative effects that alcohol can have on the brain. Kids can try their hand at a football-toss game while wearing “fatal vision goggles.” These glasses distort the vision of the wearer to mimic the effects of alcohol on motor skills. 

    National Institute of General Medical Services (NIGMS)
    NIGMS is a component of the National Institutes of Health, one of the Public Health Service agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIGMS primarily supports basic research that lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The Institute’s programs encompass the areas of cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, research training, and work-force diversity. 

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    NIH is the nation’s medical research agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH strives to uncover fundamental knowledge in science that will enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. In doing so, NIH seeks to strengthen our nation’s research capacity, broaden our research base, and inspire a passion for science in current and future generations of researchers. 

    NIH Division of Occupational Health and Safety
    The Division invites you to play STAR-LITE (Safe Techniques Advance Research—Laboratory Interactive Training Environment), an interactive, safety training technology that enlightens and expands your knowledge of working safely in a laboratory environment while simultaneously applying critical thinking proficiencies and problem solving skills. STAR-LITE is a free, downloadable, game-based learning experience that incorporates common gaming functionality with laboratory safety and risk assessment content. Sit down at a computer, walk through a virtual laboratory environment, and participate in a series of quests that require interaction with characters and laboratory equipment. 

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by NIST. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. 

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education
    NOAA is a federal science agency providing free information about weather, climate, oceans, coasts, satellites, data, and fisheries. Every day, NOAA’s science touches the lives of all Americans. NOAA Education’s mission is to advance environmental literacy and promote a diverse workforce. 

    Saint Joseph’s University
    Fish Cam is an on-line site that allows teachers and students to participate in research on shoaling (aggregation) behavior in fish. Fish choose shoalmates on the basis of looks, behavior, and familiarity, and we design experiments in which fish are provided with distinct shoaling choices. Teachers and students can visit Fish Cam from their homes and classrooms to collect data from real fish displayed in real time. We change the experimental set-up regularly (as described in the Fish Cam Calendar) enabling classes to complete entire experiments and gain experience in the study of animal behavior. 

    Science, Naturally!
    Science, Naturally! is an independent press creating products that bridge the gap between the blackboard and the blacktop. Our materials, for kids ages 8-14, include both fiction and non-fiction titles. We try to make potentially intimidating science and math topics accessible and compelling for kids and adults alike. To date, all of our titles have been recognized with the NSTA Recommends designation. 

    Smithsonian Institution: National Air and Space Museum
    The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It’s also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Its mission is to commemorate, educate, and inspire the nation by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight equipment; developing educational materials and programs to increase the public’s understanding of, and involvement in, aviation and spaceflight; and conducting and disseminating new research in the study of aviation and spaceflight and their related technologies. 

    Society for Science & the Public (SPP)
    SSP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. 

    The TeraGrid is the world’s largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research. Using high-performance network connections it integrates computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities at 11 partner sites around the country. TeraGrid resources include more than a petaflop of computing capability and more than 30 petabytes of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval. It includes more than 100 discipline-specific databases. TeraGrid works with educators and students in all fields of study to recruit and engage a large and diverse community in science and engineering. Join us to learn about the opportunities for participation, view 3D videos about astronomy and climatology, and view science/supercomputing videos on IPAD technology! 

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility
    Come meet Professor Polar Bear and become a climate kid! Teacher Turtle and PI Prairie Dog will be represented too. Affected by climate change in different ways, these three friends share their experiences with you through the Education and Outreach program at DOE’s ARM Climate Research Facility. The ARM Facility provides measurements to support climate research around the world. ARM Education and Outreach strives to promote basic science awareness and understanding of climate change studies by providing lesson plans and an activity book to teachers and students. 

    [PHOTOGRAPH] Melissa Garren collects coral samples during a dive on the Palmyra Atoll 

    Meet the Scientists at AAAS Family Science Days!

    This was what happened if you visited Family Science Days during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

    We   browsed interactive tabletop exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by experts convened by AAAS. This free event was open to all, but organized especially for middle- and high-school students.

    This community science showcase—featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family and kid-friendly activities—shines a spotlight on a broad range of formal and informal science educators who promote an interest in science among the general public.

    Digital Divide, Digital Equity … and Access? Digital Equity is the New Civil Rights Issue


    Are we there yet/

    New Technologies for New Times.. are you stuck in dialup?

    Teragrid Resources, using IPad

    Long ago there was a book written about “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. Here is the Wikipedia stub for the book.
    Invisible Man is a novel written by Ralph Ellison, and the only one that he published during his lifetime . It won him the National Book Award in 1953. The novel addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Invisible Man nineteenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] You might have to read the book to get the connection with the lack of broadband. Read the first chapter. The story is sad, but , it works for this analogy.


    This statement could work for those who have limited or no access.

    “I am an invisible man….I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
    — Ralph Ellison (The Invisible Man)

    Got Broadband?

    For those people who are not currently online with broadband access, they may seem like the invisible man that was in the novel. Groups championing the use of technology, point to their online resources and information. Those groups who used to have paper magazines and handouts decided not to offer them anymore. Everyone is online  they thought? Think again.

    Even the new broadband map has its critics. The San Jose Mercury News  has this to say.

    It is frustrating to see that after two years of work, some of the information is incomplete, incorrect or out of date. There’s much you might like to know that the map and its accompanying database don’t provide, most notably how much broadband services cost in your area. The map just launched, so it is likely to get better over time. The government is allowing anyone to download and use the database and is providing tools to allow other websites to access the map and data. It also is taking input from consumers to identify errors that will be corrected in updates. Here’s hoping that the government regulators follow through on those revisions and seriously consider updating the site more often. Because the National Broadband Map has the potential to be a very useful tool for consumers — but it’s not there yet.

    For the people who are learning about Cloud Computing and online content , the devil is in the details. For the school systems who are reading the new technology plan, which is a good plan there is just one problem. How to , if there is no connectivity in the broadband sense.

    If you are rural, One Third of Rural America Has Access

    You can check the reality of the New National Broadband Map here
    National Broadband Map
    Popular Reports: Quick access to download the most frequently generated reports. … goal of embodying the spirit of the Internet by delivering the National Broadband Map …

    The US government’s long-awaited National Broadband Map has arrived, with tons of ways to discover what kinds of Internet services are (or aren’t) available in your area. We’ve got a guided tour of the site.

    Is there Digital Equity in your community?

    The Digital Equity Toolkit. The toolkit points educators to free and inexpensive, high quality resources that help address the digital divide in the classroom and community. This toolkit was developed by Robert McLaughlin and  associates and has been re-edited for tofay’s times.

    I have been working with and helping to point our inequity since I was on the NIIAC and we framed the policy that we thought would bring us national broadband much earlier.  We thought that students, families and communities would be able to get access through libraries, community centers, and schools.

    Bonnie Bracey Sutton

    PowerofUS Foundation

    If you read our statement , we aim to change the face of schooling by creating digital equity in a national transformation of schooling.

    Here be Dragons..Maybe the Dragons in Education are Ancient Practices

    Not Reform, Transform, Here be Dragons.. I think not….Dragons may be the people stuck in ancient practices.

    Not Reform, Transform Schools, Look Toward the Future, Not the Pastby bonniebraceysutton on January 25, 2011

    Not Reform, Transform, Here be Dragons.. I think not….Dragons may be the people stuck in ancient practices.

    Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Power of US –

    Reflections from a Truthout Article

    Who can disagree with reform? Who can be against helping children stuck in a bad school system?

    What the corporate reformers have done well is to essentially trademark “reform,” branding in the public mind their diagnosis of what’s wrong with schools and the harsh, chemotherapeutic remedy.They own reform. They are the people of Aspen, the digerati that meet and greet and talk about the future. Few real teachers, or administators, or community membersin real educational situations are a part of these conversations. Most have never experienced or know the real areas of difficulty, in education. Their experience of bad school systems is filtered. There are people suffering from really being involved who have a real perspective on the problems. But, they have hardly been consulted.

    Rhee Goes Rogue

    What’s wrong with the school system, according to corporate reformers, is the bad teachers, their unions and “special interests,” as Rhee claims practically unchallenged in her Newsweek cover story and across the corporate media, including in “Waiting for Superman,” which earned ample air time on Oprah’s “Shocking State of Our Schools.” The corporate media has adopted this diagnosis, as is best illustrated in Tom Brokaw’s segment in “Education Nation,” an NBC special applauding the corporate reformers featuring Rhee and Gates (Gates also appeared in “Waiting for Superman”). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also one of the sponsors of Education Nation, and Gates was a star of his own show. Not surprisingly, Brokaw – a reporter, not a pundit – claims, as fact, that there is a “teacher establishment,” which is part of the problem, echoing Rhee and other corporate reformers sponsoring the event..

    I have been involved in some of the digerati discussions, in places where the rich and famous gather to discuss ideas. For the most part there are few genuine educators present. But there are “scholarships” for a chosen few.

    The audience is of powerful people with big ideas. Think Aspen, Ted, PopTech,  and other specialized groupings that are a digital divide, well a monetary divide as well.There re are some wonderful things that happen as a result of these powerful meetings. Clark County in Nevada has demonstrated some wonderful projects as a result of Gates Funding. I enjoyed learning in their schools of the future


    Often the diagnosis, the corporate reform remedy is obvious: take down the “teacher establishment,”

    For the most part, teacher voices are left out of the conversation.

    The real stories of schools in Washington DC were never told.

    Slowly, the effects are being judged.

    I personally taught for three years in DC and ran screaming for the suburbs.Children were sleeping under my car, Children were following me because of need in the neighborhood. Children were falling down elevator shafts.There was  no nurse in the schools. The school I taught in stank when the heat was turned on from years of old urine. We had rats. But I did stay three years. When we had to teach on a bench in the gym during some remodeling, that was too much for me. We were not in touch with the community. We did do the technology mentoring , and some learning took place. But the culture of the educational community and the support of the learning community parents was what we worked on for the most part. We had measured success.

    I live in Washington DC. I know the lay of the land and the needs of the schools. While in the Clinton Administration we worked to help Ballou High School.’Actually not much helped, there was the culture of those who feel deserted, the lack of infrastructure, the lack of real training of teachers and we tried, but lots of people had bandaid solutions. I am not sure that anything worked. Don’t tell me that they had a wonderful band that went to the Superbowl. I don’t care about that.

    What did Rhee Leave in her Wake...

    This headline did not make the national news . But , it should have.The press does not follow up on their highly flambouyant stories. We don’t have a movie of the reality of rural, poor, minority and reservation schools. Perhaps the story is too hard to tell. Probably they are afraid that teachers won’t come to teach in areas of need. maybe reporters just need a very media ready story.

    Private contractor failed Dunbar High’s students, D.C. says

    There are other stories to think about as well.

    The press does not tell the bad stories in education. The bad stories are depressing. Some children live the bad stories every day of their school life.

    Say it isn’t so on IMPACT, Mayor Gray

    By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Reporter

    “Here’s why I was so disappointed to read my colleague Bill Turque’s report on a plan by D.C. schools officials to have the flawed IMPACT teacher evaluation system reviewed by a Harvard think tank:

    1) I was optimistic that new Mayor Vincent Gray was serious about fixing the problem when he said at a recent public forum that the evaluation system –instituted under former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee — was unfair to teachers. In his own words:

    “I guess I would say at this stage… it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s got a long way to go to be a fair evaluation of our teachers. And frankly any system that isn’t sensitive to the differences in challenges of the kids in the schools only encourages teachers to teach in one part of the city and not in the other parts.”

    But, the national news does not pick up the examination of Rhee’s work under the microscope of public and academic opinion. The voters had their say and the press moved on.

    There are reasons to be concerned about the legacy of Michelle Rhee.

    Those of us who work, and who try to impact, change and help transform the schools know a lot of stories that the press is not talking about. Sometines the truth may be too ugly to tell.Sometimes the press does not tell the good things that happen either.  The George Lucas Educational Foundation is left to sort the stories out. Emaginos  says on their web site.

    The Need To Transform K-12 Education

    As President Obama recently told Congress and the American people,“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity — it is a prerequisite. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish. This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow.”

    Emaginos has the concept of transforming educational practice through example at the Tracy Learning Center in Tracy, California, a time tested learning project.

    Tracy Learning Center

    The Tracy Learning Center is the first in a network of research and development schools implemented to demonstrate Emaginos Learning. The Tracy Learning Center is a dynamic response to the compelling need to revolutionize teaching and learning. The foundation for Emaginos Learning has its beginning in the vision, creativity and innovation used to design the Tracy Learning Center. The Tracy Learning Center opened in July 2001 and operates as a K-12 charter school. The Tracy Learning Center serves as a model for both public schools and learning in the private sector. It is an innovative collaborative of industry, education and government that provides a positive change in the process of learning.

    The center involves, parents, community, learners and the community colleges.


    I like the NFIE project which probed teachers about their learning a href=”“>>;.”To improve schools we must focus on the teachers,” said Judith Rènyi, executive director of the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, (NFIE) in releasing this report .

    Teachers Take Charge of Their Learning “Schools can only be as good as the teachers in them. This is something that all other so-called ‘reform efforts’ have missed. It’s what teachers know and can do that will make the difference in improved student performance..When I am on the road, I learn that most teachers have little or no knowledge of the documents, and kinds of support they can get. People keep giving us lesson plans, and more websites, webcasts, nings, and other way to communicate, But a basic understanding and fluent knowledge of the new ways of participatory cutlure, and deep curriculum, is important. We need web 2.0. an understanding of Cloud Computing and we need to know the significance of the use of mobile technologies.

    Children with their hands on the keyboard have access to knowledge beyond the textbook, teacher, and sometimes the local library resources.


    .They need to know the resources for


    Beyond this web site is a tool kit for the use of computers for community, school, and personal use. Here are pictures of an event that took place in Washington.

    What we need is applications of pedagogy. These should be delivered up close and personal. A website to a techno-terrifed teacher is of NO significance.The website can be a wonderful link after teachers have developed a vision for driving technology into their personal school tool armature.   If we look at the way in which people are attracted to technology, there are several routes, courses, games, mentoring, and use at school that entice people to use technology..

    Clark County Schools in Nevada have some wonderful showcase schools.

    These are my pictures but there are discussions of the various schools in the Edutopia web site.

    My tour of Clark County Schools

    Pedagogical Tools

    Technofluency fir teacchers  is the word


    It is also described as TPCK – Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

    Bloom’s Digital Technology is the word. And construct to think about. Bloom’s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally, Andrew Churches

    Computational Thinking is the word.

    Every day we read, use, employ and get information from computational tools, and resources. We access the weather, read the oceans, find our way in cars, use the Internet, get medical treatment using imaging, and so on. There are gatesays to  the use of superconmputing that we learn about in the press, but not as a part of preparation for the future in school. Why is that?

    If you say supercomputing, or computational thinking few people know what that is, or cloud computing, yet they use it every day.

    Teachers are sometimes still in the dark ages of education, using tools that my mother and others used 80 years ago. Chalk and Talk. Globaloria is an example of a state effort to teach teachers, with collaboration, connectivity and community. Here are photos of teachers taking charge of their learning. It was a wonderful event.

    How Many Teachers Use Technology?

    An ETLS survey showed these points…Connecting Teachers and Technology

    Research shows that helping teachers learn how to integrate technology into the curriculum is a critical factor for the successful implementation of technology applications in schools. Most teachers have not had the education or training to use technology effectively in their teaching. As technologies are ever evolving and many times professional development is a very short interface. Some esteemed professors feel that technology has no place in the curriculum and I do not debate them on line because they have made their minds up to the contrary, but use the technology to tell us that the participatory culture does not work , excuse me?

    In medieval times, the scripters, the careful monks who painstakingly copied books, had most written knowledge in their hands. The monks and priests had a network even then to disseminate knowledge to the capitals of the countries that the Jesuits served. The “knowbots” of medieval times were the intellectuals who could read, write, and discourse, and they made decisions or were able to influence the decision making of that era. In those dark ages, information was available, but very few were privileged to be a part of the sharing of knowledge. Once the printing press was invented, the industrial secrets of that world and global niches of specialization were quickly shared. But even then, the movement of ideas was based on a person’s ability to read and to purchase or have access to a book. It took a long time to bring the cost of books down to a level that the general public could afford. Hence, the town criers. Oyez! We are undergoing change that is more widespread and just as transformational, if allowed.

    The New America Foundation brings up the images of dragons. Here be Dragons…

    Maps in the old days often included depictions of sea dragons or lions to connote unknown or dangerous terrain. Unfortunately, when it comes to a future that will be altered in unimaginable ways by emerging technologies, society and government cannot simply lay down a “Here Be Dragons” marker with a fanciful illustration to signal that most of us have no clue. Many of the nay -sayers have no clue but lots of press presence. I remember when the Pope, Oprah, and others warned of the Dragons in the use of the Internet. Check out their web pages. Lots of the people made a lot of money raising red flags about technology. Remember Todd Openheimer? He is probably somewhere quietly counting his money.

    Many teachers are not far removed from those primitive ways of communication. We are still using the book for our basic teaching and the voice for the delivery of the program with a little help from some current technology, some hands-on projects, and a few field trips. The current economic crisis strikes hard in places along the digital dark road, where Internet is suspect, and teachers have little or no training in the use of technology.”

    In the book, 21st, Century Skills, Learning for Life in our tines, Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel remar that the world has undergone foundational shifts in recent decates-widespread advances in technology, and communications, increased competition, and the escalation of global challenge from financial meltdowns. They query , how can we prepare students to meet the challenge of our century if our schools remind virtually unchanged?

    They focus on Learning and Innovation Skills

    Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Communication and Collaboration

    , Digital Literacy Skills

    Information Literacy , Media Literacy and ICT Literacy( this should include an understanding of Cyberbullying and the whold concept of the participatory culture.

    Many teachers , schools and communities don’t have a concept that defines Wired Safety.

    Here’s a place to get a start.

    Career and Life skills.

    Many of us call these skills workforce readiness skills.

    Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self Direction, Social and Cross Cultural Skills, Productively and Accountability , Leadership and Responsibility.

    How do we transform practices?

    The good news is that many teachers are using the new cells of virtual communication and networks that exist on the Internet to reconstruct and improve their teaching practices. The number of people involved in network communications is larger than the cable and television viewing public. Teachers are learning multimedia and using platforms to create learning environments that are rich in motivation and interest and cater to different learning styles. Our link is the computer, online telecommunications, and our virtual communities of thought, conventions, and teacher organizations.

    We are just beginning to develop new ways of learning. Unfortunately, we are like the monks. Most people outside our sphere do not understand our words when we talk about the information highway, any more than the peasants understood Latin from the monks. There are more people who do not understand this hue and cry about the information highway than those who do.

    What is interesting is that most of the people talking about education are not educators.

    Even the experts in education are ignored. Here is the questions. Do or should reporters be the experts, choose the experts?


    The digital world will change education as much or more as the printing press did. For years we did not understand the changes the printing press made in the storage and retrieval of information. The digital world will change learning as much or more than books. Frank Withrow

    The corporate reformers have reached the hearts of the public, blinding them with a beautifully rendered fiction.Even though Ravitch is very visible, even though she has powerful data and analysis to support her conclusions, which are widely published and read, she hasn’t been successful in capturing the public imagination, as there is no story – no hero or villain – for the American public to easily grasp, to reduce into a simple plot with an obvious moral. There is no heartwarming tale to sell newspapers or to draw viewers to the evening news or sob-filled theatres.

    On our present course, we are disrupting communities, dumbing down our schools, giving students false reports of their progress, and creating a private sector that will undermine public education without improving it. Most significantly, we are not producing a generation of students who are more knowledgeable, and better prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship. That is why I changed my mind about the current direction of school reform.

    Ms. Ravitch is author of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education,” published last week by Basic Book

    Powerful Learning : What We Know About Teaching for Understanding

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    Teaching: what works, what doesn’t, and why? Within the fields of reading, math, and science, bestselling author Linda Darling-Hammond and colleagues describe, in clear and practical terms, the best teaching methods for K-12 student understanding. Rich classroom stories show that students designing and working together on engaging projects are challenged to do more than just memorize facts. This invaluable resource offers innovative strategies to support student learning.There is a wrinkle. We are talking often as if everyone has access to the new technologies and broadband. The hope today is that wireless technologies will vault the Digital Divide. What do you think?

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