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Comment by Ryan Goble on November 4, 2010 at 10:57am
Well, after I see it I'll come back and be an "informed" comment waller :) Thanks for the ten cents.

Comment by jan chernin on November 4, 2010 at 7:37am
There are parts I agree with and parts that I do not, as will everyone who sees the film. What I was left with was a sadness and anger about how random it can be for children to get an opportunity to attend a "good" school. " What we can agree on is that disatvantaged kids can learn and close the achievement gap if we pay attention. We don't exactly understand what it is that some charter schools do to make this happen. We do know that it does and it's incumbant upon us to find out why and appy these findings more generiously.
Comment by Ryan Goble on November 4, 2010 at 7:31am
I have to see the film, knowing how charter schools creme and the film supports them, I'm pretty nervous to see it. What were your general thoughts on the movie?
Comment by jan chernin on November 4, 2010 at 7:28am
Hey did anyone go see the A2 screening of "Waiting for Superman" at the Michigan Theater last night? I wish the panel discussion afterwards could have gone on longer. I'm watching Michael Flanagan, Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the state. I need to find out more about this statement in the movie" we used to think bad neighborhoods caused bad schools, now we are thinking that poor schools cause neighborhoods to be bad" What??
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2010 at 2:11pm
Are folks aware that you can follow the UM SOE on Twitter??
Comment by Ryan Goble on October 21, 2009 at 7:52pm
This article in Mother Jones is of interest if you're teaching in an auto town - the photo essay wouldn't copy and paste so do go here to check out this story of a GM town. Rivethead 30 years later.
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2009 at 3:09pm
Hey folks,

If you haven't joined the fledgling "Gaming Group" you might want to check it out. Today there was an, I think, "essential," article about Quest To Learn - a new video game based school in NYC. Frank Baker hipped me to the article.

Note: It is from the British version of The Economist so you'll read about "maths" and other such linguistic curiosities :)

An excerpt...
Periods of maths, science, history and so on are no more. Quest to Learn’s school day will, rather, be divided into four 90-minute blocks devoted to the study of “domains”. Such domains include Codeworlds (a combination of mathematics and English), Being, Space and Place (English and social studies), The Way Things Work (maths and science) and Sports for the Mind (game design and digital literacy). Each domain concludes with a two-week examination called a “Boss Level”—a common phrase in video-game parlance.

In one of the units of Being, Space and Place, for example, pupils take on the role of an ancient Spartan who has to assess Athenian strengths and recommend a course of action. In doing so, they learn bits of history, geography and public policy. In a unit of The Way Things Work, they try to inhabit the minds of scientists devising a pathway for a beam of light to reach a target. This lesson touches on maths, optics—and, the organisers hope, creative thinking and teamwork. Another Way-Things-Work unit asks pupils to imagine they are pyramid-builders in ancient Egypt. This means learning about maths and engineering, and something about the country’s religion and geography.
Full post here - I would love to hear what folks think about this school concept.

BTW - For the record - I'm awful at video games - even Pac-Man.
Comment by Ryan Goble on May 7, 2009 at 11:29pm
Fellow Wolverine (class of '09 - big ups!) Eric Kursman posted a great set of Game Show PPT templates in the forum that folks might want to download/ check out/ use:

PowerPoint Meets Game Shows - Template Time!

If you like them be sure to thank the Kurs
Comment by Alex Jones on May 5, 2009 at 9:54am
"GO BLUE" -----Glad to be a part of this group.
Comment by Carol Ross-Baumann on April 20, 2009 at 9:25pm
Aww, those Hawkeyes aren't so bad...better a Hawkeye than a Buckeye- at least Hawkeyes are nice people, unlike the other bunch!

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