Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sep. 22, 2010

An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 6 of 6

Richard Halkett, Director of Strategy, Research, and Global Education for Cisco Systems, and Alan November, Senior Partner, November Learning discuss what the next steps are for educators and educational systems. Richard states:

If we are talking about the emergence of a learning society, rather than just an education system, then we need to insure that schools are at the heart of that learning society.

Richard discusses four essential steps that need to be taken:

  • Collaborating with new partners
  • Formalizing informal learning
  • Reform assessment to measure 21st century skills
  • Drive innovation and dissemination of new practices
  • For the white paper and […]

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    Sep. 15, 2010

    An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 5 of 6

    In this section, Richard Halkett, Director of Strategy, Research, and Global Education for Cisco Systems, discusses schools that are implementing a 21st Century curriculum. Richard shares the curricular changes, leadership, and assessment ideas that are being put into practice. Richard also shares with us how some of these schools are incorporating informal learning that was discussed in part two of this podcast series.

    Special thanks to Richard Halkett and Cisco Systems for their help in making this podcast series possible.

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    Sep. 8, 2010

    An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 4 of 6

    Richard Halkett, Director of Strategy, Research and Global Education for Cisco Systems, talks about how “technology has been over promised and under delivered” in the past. Education has used technology to automate current practices, but has failed to change the processes of education. Richard discusses what is different now and how the promise of current technologies can impact the classroom. He states that “technology is finally ripe for education.”

    Special thanks to Richard Halkett and Cisco Systems for their help in making this podcast series possible.

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    Sep. 2, 2010

    Free Wolfram Alpha Back-to-School Webinars for K–12 Educators

    I just had the opportunity to sit in on the first of a few Wolfram Alpha webinars targeted toward educators. The session was focused on how this tool can be used in the classroom. While advanced users probably won’t get too much out of it, it’s a great overview for beginners. One part I was a bit excited to see was the Widget Builder. This tool allows anyone to build widgets that utilize the power of Wolfram Alpha.

    If you think Wolfram Alpha is just for math and science, think again. There are many different ways to use this […]

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    Sep. 1, 2010

    An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 3 of 6

    Welcome to part 3 of this 6 part series with Alan November and Richard Halkett. Richard is the Director of Strategy, Research, and Global Education for Cisco Systems. In the podcast, Richard discusses the power of informal learning and how schools need to harness that learning. Students spend more time learning outside of the classroom than with in the classroom. Students are collaborating on Facebook and other social networking sites outside the classroom and engaging in collaborative discussion. Educators now need to determine how schools can use collaborative tools in the classroom to foster peer-to-peer learning.

    Special thanks to Richard […]

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