Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Jeff Yearout, Ed Tech
, sent me a link to this article in the Wichita Eagle. Although the
article is framed around the concept that we're losing our boys, it seems pretty
clear to me that the real issue is engagement.
As the article states, both boys and girls believe that much of what is
occurring in their classrooms is tediously boring and/or irrelevant to their
current and future lives. Are boys more likely than girls to withdraw from or
rebel against unengaging, seemingly-irrelevant course content? Are girls more
likely than boys to sublimate their desires to do the same? I don't know.
Someone better-versed in school psychology and/or sociology will have to answer
those questions. But I do know this:
If schools (and universities) want to be relevant to today's youth, they are
going to have to find ways to become more engaging in order to compete with the
interactive, individualizing, empowering technologies that adolescents are using
out of school.
As educators, we are in a battle for eyes, ears, and brainwaves. So far many
of us are losing (and, as a result, so are our students).
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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