Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Neil Postman on the Purpose of Education, Schooling and Learning

A recent encounter with a visionary leader in learning led me back to Neil Postman's (1995) The End of EducationReading through this work again, I am struck by so much.  Today it was Neil quoting Nietzsche...."He who has a why to live, can bear almost any how" Neil goes on to offer, "This applies as much to learning as it does to living" (p.4). 

How true.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

@anitsirk looking for a pbl ma...

@anitsirk looking for a pbl management tool for Mahara instance....we are using 37 signals now in a mashup, any ideas? Teambox? Manymoon?


Whoa!  This fall has been extremely rewarding, but busy. 

As many of you know we launched Global Civ in June and the curricular development alone has been a huge and rewarding time sink!  Global Civ's integrated PBL has been a healthy challenge, as we work out that which has not  really been done in earnest (with respect to James Beane and all those before him....the giants of CI), for a year long secondary level program.  We are capacity building for Global Civ right now and will be recruiting in the Winter for next year for students, mentors and interns!

I have been so fortunate to also be teaching part time at the University of Maine and working on the  Design Based Research project that drives Global Civ interventions and writing on the nexus between Critical Education, Connectivism, and open learning. 


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010