Canadian Parents Doing the Right Thing (financially that is)

Just as a little positive encouragement (in the form of furthering education). Take a look at this article!

Essentially it lays out that parents are opening and contributing to RESPs. This is amazing because, as I well know, mine actually paid for the majority of my degrees. I was lucky that I didn’t have to have a job and go to school and whatever else I needed to do to get enough money to make it through 5 years of school. Now more and more parents are doing what my fabulous parents did, having the foresight to save money so that if anyone wants to, they can further their education too!

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Flipped Classroom

I’m sure a few of you have seen this already but I just think it’s the coolest. I also find this particularly funny because my last practicum was in a traditional learning center and it’s totally different and totally the same all at once. For example kids sit in their desks that face the front, but there are moment where they go to the carpet to learn, they watch videos on the SMARTboard, they’re even learning how to use iPods/Apps to help learn. Pretty cool eh?

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

 

Homework will be obsolete?

I read this list a few months back and I honestly thought it was a little scary at first. After thinking about things for a little bit I’m quite excited for these things to come to fruition. Here are a few of my favorites, but the full list can be found here!

  • DESKS
    The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.
  • HOMEWORK
    The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don’t need kids to ‘go to school’ more; we need them to ‘learn’ more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).
  • FEAR OF WIKIPEDIA
    Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself. I still use wikipedia as a base for information gathering.
  • ATTENDANCE OFFICES
    Bio scans. ‘Nuff said. We may have to wait a while for this one!
  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
    Ongoing parent-teacher relations in virtual reality will make parent-teacher conference nights seem quaint. Over the next ten years, parents and teachers will become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents will drive schools to become ever more tech integrated.
  • PAPER
    In ten years’ time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish.