The value of good communication between home and school. On #EastCoastEd

As new forms of media become readily available, there are more ways than ever to effectively communicate between home and school. The difficulty is finding which one best suits the needs of the parents and students in your school or district. And herein lies the problem, there are many stakeholders at play when it comes to communication between home and school, and each has their own preferred method. One article that put this in perspective for me was the one posted on @Medium by an actual teen, Andrew Watts. In it he reviews a number of common social media platforms being use by teens, and provides insight on how he and his personal cohort feel about it. Read more

What does a connected educator look like in 2015? #EastCoastEd

I’ve been mulling over the ideas brought up during last weeks #EastCoastEd all week, while reading reading Steve Johnson’s book Future Perfect.  This entire book has provided examples about this new network age we live in, as well as describing the architecture that comprises it. And one thing that has resonated with me this week is the concept of the Legrand Star (centralized) network versus Baran’s network (distributed) with no distinct central point. It was definitely a light bulb moment when I realized the impact that traditional networks and organizations can have on creativity and innovation. As we shift from a media and information model that is transitioning from a push format, to more of pull format, the outer edges of the distributed network will become more and more powerful. A perfect example of this is the advent of the counterculture news agency VICE News and their new journalistic approach (you can watch their response to stories in Kiev, and Venezuela). Read more

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