Tag Archives: Learning and Collaboration

From Old School To Bold School

One of my friends in professional education just shared this on LinkedIn (scroll down for the source file and original blog post):

From Old School to Bold School, indeed.

For me, I think that this slide totally speaks to the new culture of social collaboration we are creating on a daily basis. One quote from the author’s post really seemed to hit the nail on the head at least for me:

“Too few schools are incubators of curious and creative learners given their cultures of standardization, fear, and tradition. No doubt, external pressures exist that drive that culture. But if there ever was a time to shift gears, this is it.”

Replace “schools” with “companies” or “organizations”, and think about it for a minute.  This is the kind of message we need to bring to the forefront when explaining what social collaboration is all about, and why it is not only relevant, but vital in this day and age.  It’s all too easy for organizations and companies to stick to their playbook of tried and true norms when engaging in the daily grind… but no organization will survive in this new economic reality if they let their own “external pressures” (and fears about change) rule their decision-making processes.

Principal Reflections | From Old School To Bold School.

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A slide straight from Will Richardson’s  NHASCD workshop on  April 4, 2014

The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing. We live in a land of compromise where we have to be satisfied with partial wins. For example, Common Core is probably better than what we had for standards, but most of us aren’t crazy about the way it rolled out. And, isn’t it irritating how the educational behemoths are profiting from Common Core? We also know that poverty is still the greatest impediment in student achievement, but most of us feel powerless to influence the broken government to fix this. 

Will spoke last Friday as part of NHASCD’s workshop series in Concord, NH…

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Spritz – a revolution in reading

Spritz engine running at 250 wpm…
…and boosted up to 350 wpm

This technique, and the technology that drives it, amazes me.   By reducing eye movement and increasing efficiency, Spritz boosts reading speed while increasing comprehension.   The following quote (from their official blog) shares some of the tech behind this methodology:

“Traditional reading involves publishing text in lines and moving your eyes sequentially from word to word. For each word, the eye seeks a certain point within the word, which we call the “Optimal Recognition Point” or ORP. After your eyes find the ORP, your brain starts to process the meaning of the word that you’re viewing. With each new word, your eyes move, called a “saccade”, and then your eyes seek out the ORP for that word. Once the ORP is found, processing the word for meaning and context occurs and your eyes move to the next word. When your eyes encounter punctuation within and between sentences, your brain is prompted to assemble all of the words that you have read and processes them into a coherent thought.

When reading, only around 20% of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80% is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”

via The Science | Spritz.