Note: This is an archive for the “Spotlight” feature in the right sidebar of ETCJ. For the current spotlights, see the sidebar.

Tim Holt: “What happened to these professional learning communities is that they had simply become meetings where teachers and administrators looked at student data and were trying to outwit the test” (An Interview with Tim Holt, Author of ’180 Questions’ by Bonnie Bracey Sutton).

Idit Harel Caperton
Idit Harel Caperton: “I think students learn more effectively by creating and/or building an entity for public consumption and through collaboration, connecting a learning community and using their creativity — learning to problem solve. . . . I am a longtime advocate of 1:1 learning environments in which each student has access to his/her own computer and broadband connection” (Idit Harel Caperton – An Interview at the Edge of Change, by Bonnie Bracey Sutton and Vic Sutton).

Henry Neeman
Henry Neeman: “Today, there are a number of ways for citizens to access supercomputing. Often, these are known as ‘science gateways,’ and they provide a simple interface to a complicated back end. An example is nanoHUB, which K-12 and postsecondary students can use to do nanotechnology simulations” (Bonnie Bracey Sutton, “Supercomputing: An Interview with Henry Neeman“).

Dan Branan: “I see studies like this one [Colorado Department of Higher Education study] as a first step in establishing the legitimacy of online educational experiences in the sciences” (Not Satisfied, but Hopeful, About Online Science).

Niall Watts: “I cannot see a MOOC like ‘Designing a New Learning Environment‘ replacing a university course…. Nor do I see such a MOOC as a ‘taster’ for Stanford. The MOOC is a completely different experience, a bit like a virtual learning environment open to the world” (The MOOC, an Incubator for Great Ideas: A Personal Experience).

Ray Rose: “The most obvious issue with MOOCs is the use of video and the lack of captioning. OCR [Office for Civil Rights] has been clear that all video in online learning environments must be clearly captioned” (comment on “MOOCs and Traditional Online Courses Are on a Collision Path“).

Judah Schwartz “is a remarkable pioneer in our field because he saw technology as a way of looking at mathematics in very new and alternative ways….He likes to say the Ptolemy observations of the solar system were accurate. There was just one thing wrong with them and that was they were basically incorrect” (Judah Schwartz: Through the Lens of the Computer, by Frank B. Withrow).

Jim Riggs: It is unrealistic to build entirely new and parallel systems of Internet driven postsecondary institutions that can effectively educate the very large and neglected middle third of the population. Therefore, a middle ground must be found between what traditional higher education provides and what the new and rapidly growing e-learning opportunities can offer (“Can America’s Wasted Talent Be Harnessed Through the Power of Internet Based Learning?“).

Jim Dator
Jim Dator: “Some futurists say that the era of the information society is over and that the next era is the Dream Society of icons and aesthetic experience…. Elements of a Dream Society already exist in the behavior of the Millennials, but it may dominate the lives of the next generation, tentatively called the Cybers” (Next Generations: Reactives to Civics to Adaptives, as Foreseen by an Old Adaptive).

Shigeru Miyagawa: “Arriving at the station in Hiratsuka today I was surrounded by my native tongue… and people who look like me!… Something was strange…but what? Then I realized that no one was staring! I had always been stared at. A Japanese family in Alabama was very… unusual!” (‘StarFestival: A Return to Japan’ with Shigeru Miyagawa)

Joseph Polisi: “Today the arts are simply undervalued or completely ignored by many school systems around America. In New York City, teachers, principals, and entire schools are evaluated based on test scores in reading, mathematics, the sciences, but not in the arts” (Comments on Polisi’s ‘Put the Arts Back into Schools’).

Jason Ohler: “A new kind of presentation is in wide use for effective blog or web writing that I call ‘visually differentiated text’ (VDT), a kind of visual rhetoric that employs a number of writing conventions that are used to visually sculpt text” (Whither Writing Instruction in the 21st Century?).

Theo Bastiaens: “With this Global Time online conference, AACE takes a brave step in a new direction. An innovative step, with an innovative platform, to serve the educational technology community” (An Interview with the 2012 Global TIME Program Chair Theo Bastiaens, by Stefanie Panke).

Chris Dede: “Schools of education could shift their training and credentialing to encompass not only teachers, but also parent tutors, informal-educator coaches, and community mentors” (21st Century Education Requires Distributed Support for Learning).

John Sener: “Instead of trying to figure out how to install ever larger bodies of content in every student, we should be figuring out how to define success for each student more individually” (Shaking It Up, Part 1 — A Conversation with John Sener, Author of ‘The Seven Futures of American Education,’ by Judith McDaniel. Read part 2 and part 3).

Tim Stutt: “When we start to see more principals, superintendents, and decision makers who grew up with gaming as a formative experience, there will be a real opportunity for educational gaming to gain momentum”
(Why Educational Games Fail).

Tina Rooks: “In the U.S., the recent National Educational Technology Plan (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology) provides a specific roadmap for ‘revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering’ to raise expectations from ‘adequate’ to ‘exceedingly proficient'” (‘Adequate’ Isn’t Good Enough: The NETP Roadmap to Higher Expectations).

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will no longer require professors to give final exams (“Bye-bye, Blue Books?”, Harvard Magazine, July-Aug 2010).

Blair Levin and J. Erik Garr, “A New America Through Broadband” (Washington Post 7.16.10).

ePals will provide, at no cost to NYC’s DOE, the means for public schools to create online communities connecting students, parents, teachers, and school leaders. This cloud-based solution will save the DOE millions annually on infrastructure costs to host e-mail (ePals press release, 7.15.10).

Jeff McClellan, head of Cleveland’s MC2STEM High School, where each grade level is embedded in a different STEM industry partner.

Paul Kim: “Why does education need to be so structured? What are we so afraid of? The more you expect from a kid, the smarter they’re going to get.” (In Anya Kamenetz’s DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, 4.1.10).

Susan C. Aldridge, president, U of Maryland University College: “The Sarah Englishes of the world do not need to change. We do. The goal of every university must be to leave no motivated adult behind” (Baltimore Sun, 7.6.10).

Jodi Beggs: “Just like in music and movies, technology makes it possible for a large number of students to be served by what are likely to become ‘superstar’ instructors” (Huffington Post, 7.6.10).

Charles Leadbeater: “We need really radical thinking, and . . . radical thinking is now more possible and more needed than ever in how we learn” (Education Innovation in the Slums, dotSUB 6.16.10).

A study by Derek Robertson and David Miller, to be published in the British Journal of Educational Technology, “suggests that the increased use of games systems in Scottish schools is bringing real benefits.” (Lulu Sinclair, Sky News Online, 7.5.10)

Barb Brown’s “ISTE10 Reflections”: Notes on ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in Denver, Colorado, June 27-30, 2010. Technology Leadership, 7.3.10

Nicholas H. Allen: Web 2.0 “technologies have the potential to significantly alter the time and and place paradigms that have anchored the educational experience for centuries” (Halm, The Education Pipeline Is Changing, IMS Global Impact 2010).

“Institutions of education tend to be much more change resistant when they should be the opposite,” said Rischard, opening keynote speaker for ISTE 2010 (June 27-30, Denver).

Gov. Tim Pawlenty
: “Do you really think in 20 years somebody is going to put on their backpack, drive a half hour to the University of Minnesota from the suburbs, haul their keister across campus and sit and listen to some boring person drone on about Econ 101 or Spanish 101?”

Eric Jansson: ‘Rebundling’ Liberal Education (Inside Higher Ed, 6.22.10): “Those looking for fundamental shifts in this [liberal education] pedagogical model will be disappointed. Those looking for creative options to organizing, planning, and packaging – or ‘rebundling’ – this style of education are likely to be rewarded.”

James J. Duderstadt
The Future of the University: A Perspective from the Oort Cloud (Feb. 2007) and Transforming the University to Serve the Digital Age (Winter 1997-98)

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