The LSU Top 5 #47

This is the 47th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Go Ahead, Mess with Texas InstrumentsThe Atlantic

The TI-83 Plus programmable graphing calculator proved to be one of the most subversive educational instruments for this author. Instead of just using it in maths class, he programmed games – a far better education than the “right” and “wrong” answers that he says schools usually emphasise.

The TI-83 Plus had helped me cultivate many of the overt and discrete habits of mind necessary for autonomous, self-directed learning. And even more, it did this without resorting to grades, rewards, or other extrinsic motivators that schools often use to coerce student engagement.

Moder edtech – notable iPads and similar – is far more restrictive, with tall barriers to hacking the system, confining students to using pre-approved apps and uses.

These devices are doing more to centralize the school’s authority over the learning process than to encourage self-directed creative activity.

A question, though: is this an idea whose time has passed, with the iPad (and similar) being so addictive?


The Biggest “Game-Changer” in EducationThe Principle of Change

This is an alternative take on what the biggest “game-changer” in education is:

The real game changer isn’t something external; it is internal.  It is the way we think and grow.  It is moving from that “fixed” mindset about teaching and learning, and moving to the “growth” mindset.  It is thinking differently about education and understanding that all of us as people need different things to succeed.


Back to school – top free tools for edtech in your classroom this yearICT Evangelist

Having just linked to two techno-sceptic (or techno-cautious?) articles, here’s a big list of edtech tools that you might want to use.

Although it’s written for school teachers, many of these will be useful for educators at any level.


Learning to be ‘creatively rebellious’ – Leading and Learning

Often students whose behaviour is different from the norm are categorized as disruptive or rebellious. However, in a world that strives for innovative cultures, it is suggested that schools should be braver in accepting the diversity of students, creating an environment in which the talents of all students will be developed, and challenging students to be “creatively rebellious “.


Classrooms of Shame

And finally, showcasing the best that universities have to offer, we have…Classrooms of Shame.


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