Did you know they add sugar to your fish sticks? [VIDEO]

Some of the wonderful folks who helped make the Did You Know? (Shift Happens) videos have a new company, The Tremendousness Collective. One of their first projects was a video highlighting what sugars do to us. I’m late blogging this but thought I would pass it along. This video has absolutely nothing to do with schools or technology or leadership but these people are truly remarkable to work with and I want to support them any way I can. If you ever need someone to help you tell a story or get people to care, get in touch with them right away. They truly do “turn your ideas into absurdly great visual communications.”

Happy viewing!

What’s your vision for technology-enriched learning and teaching? [VIDEO]

Does your school organization have a vision for technology-enriched learning and teaching? If so, is that vision one that is shared by the larger community? Many school systems are turning to video to help facilitate a shared vision across various constituent groups. Below is one example, A New Design for Education, created by the Farmington and Spring Lake Park school systems in Minnesota.

Has your school or district made a video like this? If so, please share it in the comments area by Tuesday, April 2. If there are enough submissions, I’ll compile them and make a second post. Happy viewing!

What 64 schools can tell us about teaching 21st century skills [VIDEO]

I love to visit schools that are trying to live on the cutting edges of deeper learning, student empowerment, and digital technologies. But, like most of you, I don’t get to do that nearly as often as I’d like. So I’m jealous of folks like Barbara Levin and Lynne Schrum who get to do case studies of innovative school organizations around the country. And of whomever at Edutopia gets to work on the Schools That Work series.

Now I’ve got a new target of envy. Here’s a video of Grant Lichtman describing what he learned from his 3-month, 21-state, 64-school tour of innovative educational systems. Except for the time away from my family, that sure sounds fun to me. Happy viewing!

Perfectly preparing a generation for its own history

David Warlick says:

The fallacy of competitive education is its obsession with remembered right answers. The fallacy of right answers is that today success depends less on right answers and more on finding good answers and using them to accomplish meaningful goals. What does the game of school do to children who are more inclined to find and invent good answers than memorize correct answers?


As long as we race [to the top], scoring points by teaching the same answers for the same tests to every child, then we’re perfectly preparing a generation for its own history.

via http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=3967