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Online learning, Epistemology and Unemployment 0

Posted on February 03, 2012 by Sarah

Just wanted to share (again) a couple of education related articles in the news recently in case you missed them!

Reading (318/365)

Reading by Jack Amick, flickrcc.net

The Globe and Mail released “Canadian schools falling behind in online learning, report says” discussing Canada’s lack of embracement of online education technology… but is that a positive or a negative? Many of the comments are particularly interesting. Is Internet-based learning where we should be focusing our attention and resources? Perhaps schools should instead try to maintain and grow the relationships and interconnectedness the school can bring to students, teachers, parents and the community. How you respond to this discussion may depend on your epistemology, or theory of knowledge. Is knowledge something concrete that exists independently of our minds? Or is knowledge a social construction that changes throughout time?

 

Rows Upon Rows

Rows Upon Rows by N.Dunn

The second article may be the reality many of us Rookie Teacher’s are experiencing hi-lighting that 24 percent of new teacher graduates remain unemployed. “Teacher’s college applications plummet” through Maclean’s discusses the unprecedented capping on the number of first-year education students at 9,058. Another initiative I’ve heard being mentioned around OISE is the possibility of making teacher’s college a 2 year program. Yet the more disturbing part in the article for me was the picture chosen to display the education topic: rows of desks. Will we ever internalize the school as being something co-operative, interactive and personal?

On a different note, classes have resumed at OISE for my M.Ed. This semester I’m taking Pedagogy of Food, Co-operative Learning, and Post-structuralism and Education. I like to tweet about insights as I have them and am always looking for feedback and discussion so don’t be shy! @sarlowes

 

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News in the Classroom 1

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Sarah

Hey people! I know it’s been crunch time for me at OISE, but the holidays are almost here!  I just wanted to share a website, Teaching Kids News, a Toronto based news site for kids! They have timely articles written in kid friendly language that break down important issues. Like any news site, TKN is divided into categories from science to art, environment to politics. The site is clear, legible and easily navigable. The team behind the project includes TDSB teachers looking for a meaningful way to develop a balanced literacy program. As such, they provide suggestions on each entry for how to use the articles, from Writing and Reading Prompts to Grammar Features. If we, as educators, are to help our students develop skills necessary in current and future realities then I think getting them involved in news early and regularly is a great way.  Check out one of their most recent articles Gap Between Rich-Poor Growing: OECD!

photo: N.Dunn

photo: N.Dunn

Do you incorporate discussions about the news in your practice? Share your links in the comments below or find me on twitter @sarlowes (or @RookieTeacherCA)

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