Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Here is a presentation by Steve Wheeler on an overview of the digital age of learning. Keep in mind this is from a 32,000 feet perspective, yet it helps you begin to understand the power and complexity of digital learning.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Instilling Values in Kids

At a recent Jedchat the question was how and where to instill values, ethics and morals in school curriculum. Many good suggestions were offered including 'teachers should simply role model them,' and 'it should be a natural component of school life and doesn't need to be formally taught.'
In today's American society, with a culture that accepts no boundaries as a norm, it's imperative and vital that parents learn how to parent effectively and schools help reinforce what is taught at home. And by the way it is a lot easier to parent than today's parents think. I've had conversations with parent who tell me they just don't know how to connect with their teen and give them plenty of leeway because they know they won't listen to them anyways so they might as well give them flexibility so as not to further turn them off.
I have a friend who I consider a rock star of a human being. We were once discussing proper parenting and this person told me the number one thing is to continually say to your child 'Be good.' And reinforce it. Over and over. Parents- you need to champion the cause of good parenting. Tell your children/teens to 'Be good,' provide clear boundaries and be role models.

Because at the end of the day it is the home that wins out. Period. Schools are not magical fail-safe switches!