Is the cutting edge, cutting enough?
International schools are often on the cutting edge of technology use in their schools. In fact, when I think of innovative schools, I often think of international schools. When I read Will Richardson's Bold Schools post, I thought international schools would definitely epitomize these bold school characteristics. By and large, international schools have fantastic budgets, smart students, eager parents, and supportive communities. Recently, Scott McLeod and I had the honor of hosting two, half day workshops at the American School of Bombay while attending ASB Un-Plugged 2012. When we asked administrators, teachers, technology coordinators, and parents of international schools (nearly 100) we found the following:
These schools are held as pillars in their community... and they should be. Don't get me wrong, they are doing amazingly great things. But, if we hold these qualities as being apt to describe progressive, forward thinking schools how can we get the most cutting edge schools to be more cutting edge?
When is awesome just not good enough?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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