Ben Johnson served as an administrator in large and small schools, and at a charter school. He was the assistant superintendent of the Natalia Independent School District where he helped bring about major improvements in student learning.
"Good Morning! You are seated in groups because you will be working together to find real solutions to real problems. You will have to collaborate with your group members to arrive at a solution. Are you ready?"
No response. Timid nods.
"Ok, your first assignment is to invent a product that fills a real need. Then create a marketing plan for a company that sells this product. Determine the price of your product and your target audience, and design a sales poster and presentation explaining the benefits of the product or reasons your target audience would want to buy this product."
No response. No action.
The typical first day silence lasted a whole week. Students who were used to being told what to do and what to think, now had to think in ways in which they were not accustomed, and even worse, they had to do it with other students from other schools. They had to collaborate in a manner for which their years of cooperative learning in middle and grade school had not prepared them.
"President Obama has a goal that 100 percent of students should be college or career ready, and in the next decade, most jobs will require at least some post-high school education. The opportunities for high school graduates are declining and generally offer lower earning potential. But are we educating students with the right kind of post-secondary education to meet the demands of the workforce of the future?"
Jason Critchlow, 14, l. and Raiden McLean, 14, film documentary at the Willoughby Senior Center in Fort Greene.
Fort Greene resident C-Allah Coombs leaned back in his chair and stared deep into the camera as he talked about his worst day on the Fort Hamilton High School basketball team. "It wasn't good. Dean Meminger scored 50 points on me,” said Coombs. “And he wasn't even a good shooter - just a good defender." Coombs, 63, recounted his front row seat to the Rice High School prodigy and former New York Knicks’s scoring barrage as part of a filmmaking program for 12 students from the Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters are profiling a group of Fort Greene seniors and turning their stories into two-minute documentaries.
JP-ik unveils a new retail brand - mymagaAfter years of experience providing ICT Education solutions with over 6 million netbooks delivered throughout the world, JP-ik has taken another step forward and created mymaga, a new brand that aims to form a new educational concept.
mymaga delivers portable solutions able to take learning anywhere, and powerful enough to perfom scientific assignments. A close relationship with Intel and the identification of new learning possibilities were the spark that created mymaga. The first line of devices is called FLUX and brings a 7 an 10-inch childproof tablets with some exclusive features that will be in the european market soon.
With round edges and a rugged surface, FLUXmini (7'') and FLUX (10'') are designed to keep up with the agitated pace of young learners. Packed with Intel Education Software and an exclusive Science Kit that includes a Microlens, a Thermal Probe and a mymaga Earphones, students get the resources they need t…