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Quest to Learn: A Video-Game-Based School

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Quest to Learn has the right idea, in my opinion. We’re inundated with technology everyday. Why not adapt that to create a fun learning environment for kids? Stepping back a bit, what really stands out to me is how this school uses practical application in its teaching methods. That reminds me of my time at Cal Poly SLO, where the motto is “Learn by doing.” All the lab-time is where the real learning is done.

I also love their “grading” system. Instead of getting the traditional letter grades of A through F, you “level-up” (“pre-novice,” “novice,” “apprentice,” “senior” and “master.”). Considering those titles are more applicable to real-life jobs and skills, I feel that this reinforces hard work and effort. Would you rather be presented with a letter grade at every milestone, or would you rather earn “experience points” that lead to the next level of mastership? Think of the difference in impact of being handed an “F” and being told to redo an assignment vs. earning a subset of points that eventually lead to the next level?

I really think this school is on to something and I hope to see more innovation like this.

via Quest to Learn via BoingBoing

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Games and Gaming, General, News, Science and Technology | , , , | Comments Off on Quest to Learn: A Video-Game-Based School

Afghanistan School for Girls

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In Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008, there were 461 attacks on schools for girls, and in 2008, 15 girls were attacked with battery acid on their way to school.
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Koba, 22, has been teaching for two years. She was the only teacher who allowed the photographer to take her picture. (Other teachers feared reprisal if their families found out they’d been photographed.)

 

via Cellar – Image of the Day via Newsweek

June 29, 2010 Posted by | News, Photography | , , , | Comments Off on Afghanistan School for Girls

School Spied on Student Using Webcam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blatant privacy violation is disgusting to me.

The idea that a school district would not only spy on its students’ clickstreams and emails (bad enough), but also use these machines as AV bugs is purely horrifying.

via BoingBoing

February 18, 2010 Posted by | News, Rants | , , , , | Comments Off on School Spied on Student Using Webcam