We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?
By Tina Barseghian It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests, and movement for opting out of assessments grows, educators and those who […]
by Tina Barseghian Expounding on the ideas of the wildly popular article 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete in 2020, we asked a few of those who attended Big Ideas Fest, a recent gathering of teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers, to predict what they think will be obsolete in 2020. Walls around the classroom, said […]
I occasionally find myself sitting in conference sessions and meetings and have to silently chuckle about the amount of electronic devices in my possession–a laptop, iPad, iPhone and all of the chargers and accessories that accompany them. However, at the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Annual Conference in Palm Springs last week, I was far from the […]
Last week, KQED co-presented a workshop at the Digital Media and Learning Conference here in San Francisco about the youth media network that we recently initiated. BAYMN (Bay Area Youth Media Network, pronounced BAM!) is comprised of over 16 organizations with the common goal of working with youth in media production to build civic engagement. […]