Essential Reading from 21st Century Education Blogs
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10/6/2011 8:37:29John T. SpencerWill We Fall Behind?This was the debut post of Spencer's absolutely brilliant "Tom Johnson's Adventures in Pencil Integration". The year is 1897 and Tom Johnson is a fairly new teacher; in reading his exploits trying to introduce 1:1 pencils, we engage in a pitch perfect Swiftian commentary on contemporary computing, social media, and 21st century life within and without the classroom.Shelly Blake-Plock@TeachPaperlesshttp://pencilintegration.blogspot.com/2010/01/will-we-fall-behind.html
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10/6/2011 13:47:12John PedersonCurating PeopleThis post defined for me the shift from web 1.0 to web 2.0 better and more succinctly than any others. Tony Baldasarobaldy7http://www.ijohnpederson.com/2010/12/curating-people/
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10/6/2011 13:53:16John T. SpencerEducation RethinkJohn highlighted for me the juxtaposition between my strong desire to cultivate a PLN, all the while maintain my introverted lifestyle.Tony Baldasarobaldy7http://www.educationrethink.com/2010/11/personal-learning-network-and-personal.html
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10/6/2011 13:59:38Dean ShareskiIdeas and ThoughtsNot only did Dean engineer and oversee a great birthday gift for Alec Couros, but he shared the way that he created it. Dean willingness to share the "how to's" is the legacy of this project.Tony Baldasarobaldy7http://www.educationrethink.com/2010/11/personal-learning-network-and-personal.html
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10/6/2011 14:43:39John T. SpencerCapturing RealityI don't think enough people are asking the deeper questions about technology and technology criticism. This post gets to the heart of tech criticism but then turns it upside down. Miguel Villegashttp://pencilintegration.blogspot.com/2011/07/daddy-what-are-you-doing-my-daughter.html
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10/6/2011 14:47:45Jabiz RaisdanaWild ThingsThis isn't about tech (not initially at least), but it's one of the most significant posts on the nature of relationships and the twenty-first century. John T. Spencer@johntspencerhttp://teacher-dad.blogspot.com/2011/06/wild-things.html
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10/6/2011 14:53:13John T. SpencerSketchy Video on PLNsIt's a term we through around all the time, but John shows how a PLN is more than just Twitter chats and Nings. Chadedutech83 http://www.educationrethink.com/2010/06/video-sketchy-explanation-how-to-start.html
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10/6/2011 16:49:59John T. SpencerEducation RethinkHe writes about the ideals of allowing students to customize their education.Jeff Russelljrussellteacherhttp://www.educationrethink.com
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10/6/2011 23:50:59Mark PesceFluid LearningIt frames the need and power of documenting and sharing our learningDean Shareskishareskihttp://blog.futurestreetconsulting.com/2008/12/06/fluid-learning/
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10/7/2011 0:00:14Zachary Alan ChaseThings I Know 231 of 365: Let’s kill schoolIt cuts through the tools, the rhetoric and the hysteria. It explores the nature of what the 21st Century has to offer students and is rooted in autonomy, passion and learning. The perfect blend of the 21st C. to me.Scott Kemp@kempscotthttp://autodizactic.com/blog/?p=1380
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10/7/2011 0:15:53David WeesForget the future: Here's the textbook I want nowThis blog post addresses an interesting feature set for a digital 'textbook' and sets the bar high for anyone looking to enter this field.http://davidwees.com/content/forget-future-heres-textbook-i-want-now
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10/7/2011 7:57:57Co Laborate & ShareTwitterWhen I entered the blogosphere I was first enthralled and then confused by the sheer abundance of blogs and bloggers. I tried to catch up and stay updated - but without success. Pretty frustrating. But the writings on Twitter actually helped me out. First it added to the confusion but then I learned to handle the fact that it's not important to have read it all and that it, actually, is a benefit not knowing all kinds of stuff - and I relaxed and took all in I met. I've met so much wit, wisdom and knowledge. I've been inspired by so many interesting people - not knowing the same but different kinds of stuff. Participating in the crowd of knowledgeable people is inspiring every day and it fuels my own writing, thinking and sharing back.Ove Christensenoveucsjtwitter.com
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10/7/2011 7:58:47John T. SpencerHow I Learned to Shut UpA reminder that what is needed in the twenty-first century is what we've always needed: student voice. Javier Lucero@TechGeeks83http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/how-i-learned-to-shut-up/
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10/7/2011 9:14:22Pernille RippTo Blog Is to Bare Oneself - And I'm Okay With ThatHer blog is a must-read for anyone interested in meaningful, 21st Century learning. She blends practical ideas, stories and musings on life and the classroom. She's vulnerable in what she shares, honest about what she hopes for and insightful about the change she's bringing about. This blog post is one of many that hit home for me as I read it. John T. Spencer@johntspencerhttp://mrspripp.blogspot.com/2011/07/to-blog-is-to-bare-oneself-and-im-ok.html
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10/7/2011 9:18:15Stephen DavisEducation Blogosphere VarietyDavis often reminds us of the nuance and paradox inherent in 21st Century learning. Sometimes it is comical (the post reminding us that lazer discs and WebQuests didn't radically transform learning). This post reminds us to broaden our perspective as we build a PLN. John T. Spencer@johntspencerhttp://www.rushtheiceberg.com/?p=247
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10/7/2011 9:32:50Scott KempThree Phrases That Change EducationSimple, to the point, and extremely telling that it is not about the flashy gadgets and technology, it is about simplicity and openness.http://blog.mrkemp.ca/?p=11
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10/7/2011 9:37:08Scott KempThe Room is Quiet, The Learning is Turned to 11Again Scott captures the simplicity and power of a student-directed, inquiry based model of learning and is willing to give a glimpse into the world of his classroom.http://blog.mrkemp.ca/?p=68
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10/7/2011 9:58:34Sam ChaltainThe Three Most Important Questions In EducationTransforming education can start with some pretty simple objectives.Patrick Larkin@bhsprincipalhttp://www.samchaltain.com/the-three-most-important-questions-in-education
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10/7/2011 10:45:46Mike GwaltneyHistory Education in a World of Information SurplusPresents a coherent argument for thinking differently about content and pedagogy in History classes for the 21st century.http://mikegwaltney.net/blog/?p=255
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10/7/2011 10:50:16Mike GwaltneyTwitter for EducationPresents practical applications for Twitter for the classroom - focuses on connections, and offers a matrix for thinking about uses/pedagogy.http://mikegwaltney.net/blog/?p=603
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10/10/2011 7:49:51Shelly Blake Plocknothing in particularI had struggled on a local level with introducing paperless teaching. I wanted, to remix a Bill Gates idea, to teach "School at the Speed of Thought". This blog approaches this idea in so many ways. Norman Constantinenconstantineteachpaperless.blogspot.com
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10/10/2011 8:44:47Lisa NielsenHey Teacher! Leave Us Kids Alone!!!- There’s A School for ThatIt clearly states the counter paradigm of the unschool. The Innovative Educator inspires me to continue fighting the fight.Norman Constantine@nconstantinehttp://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2011/01/hey-teacher-leave-us-kids-alone-theres.html
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10/10/2011 12:24:01John SpencerHow I Learned to Shut UpI am almost 65 and still consider myself an alien on planet technology, so I haven´t really followed educational blogs, but I noticed one that expresses my beliefs. ¨Del dicho al hecho hay largo trecho¨ (Easier said than done, I fear, but I´m trying.) Especially in ESL, but also in other subjects, I think we need to let the students do more planning and speaking. Teaching is, I think, the best way to learn. As the student teaches he/she retains much more in long-term memory, so most of us as classroom teachers need to learn to shut up.Ann Bruce de Pinedaalovellbhttp://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/how-i-learned-to-shut-up/
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10/11/2011 8:20:55Ira SocolThe Third TechnologyA short, but thought provoking, reflection on the importance of environmental design in engaged learning.Shelly Blake-Plock@TeachPaperlesshttp://speedchange.blogspot.com/2010/11/third-technology.html
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10/11/2011 8:26:46Dean Groom23 Things About Classroom LaptopsA prescient and real-world view of 1:1 computing and disruptive technology.

Shelly Blake-Plock@TeachPaperlesshttp://deangroom.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/23-things-about-classroom-laptops/
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