Last Week of Course 1
This is the last week of course 1! You made it W00T! Many of you have turned in your course 1 lesson plans already and I’m slowly going through those when I can find Interent access and time (currently in London). Sunday (March 17th) is the official last day of Course 1 and then you get a two week break before we start course 2 (and I get time to grade).
Why is Course 2 seven weeks lone?
Great question. We know that many schools have their Spring Break either the end of March or in April some time. So we have given you 7 weeks to finish 6 weeks of work allowing you to take a week “Spring Break” somewhere in there. Which week? That’s up to you and your plans. You take the week that is best for you.
What if I don’t finish course 1 by March 17th?
If you find yourself behind and it doesn’t look like you’ll finish course 1 by March 17th please let me know. What will happen is I will put an Incomplete (INC) on your grade sheet and will turn that into SUNY (if applicable). You will then have until May 1st to make up the work needed to still receive a grade. After May 1st I can not award you a grade and you will have to retake the course.
The Future Classroom
One of my favorite reads each year, as well as document to use with schools and administrative teams, is the Horizon Report. What makes this report even more special is after reading it, watch these two videos below created by Corning. As you watch the videos have a look at the name of the glass…all of it is already in production or development.
This is exactly what the Horizon Report is talking about and this is a companies look on the future. As far as I know Corning did not read the Horizon Report before making these videos….which makes the report and what companies are working on pretty awesome if you ask me. There is a great “Unpacking Video” of the second one.
I don’t agree with all the teaching strategies that are shared during the school day in the second video and I think this is what we’re fighting…even companies that are designing the future are having a hard time thinking of education differently than what it looked like when they grew up. This is the battle we all fight in the changes that are coming. The community at large, parents being a large part of that, have a hard time imagining education looking any different than it did when we went through school. This is the reason why “re-schooling” parents on school is an important part in the transition process and one that very few schools do. How is your school “re-schooling” the community at large to understand what the classroom and school should look like in 2013 and beyond? At ISB we created a Parent Tech Certificate that included 5 – 2 hour glasses that parents could take to up their own skills as well as learn abou the changes that are coming to our school and to education.
Have a great two weeks off and I’ll see you all back here on April 1st (No Joke!)