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Marisa Hammond Olivares

Educator - English Language Arts/ESL,

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Is Salman Khan's idea of incorporating video in education the key to solving existing budget cuts? Is it learner friendly? Differentiated?

Many states are dealing with budget cuts in education. What would the cost be to incorporate video education or online course work? What would the teacher-student ratios be in the classroom? What about student mastery and assistance? What about struggling students? Is it time to change our curriculum format? What grade levels could we target?

Perhaps a healthy blend of video, live lecture and modeling followed by hands on activities would be best.

Also, in business we can return bad products due to our own quality assurance standards. In public education you cannot. Students are diverse in their own prior knowledge and abilities.

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  • Mar 18 2011: For more perspective; and higher expectations... watch this -> http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html
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      Mar 23 2011: Yes, Pat I've seen Mitra's work. However, we still need some sort of structure, timeline and/or curriculum. I love what his experiment shows. Students do seek out answers, but I still believe "Perhaps a healthy blend of video, live lecture and modeling followed by hands on activities would be best." I'm a fan of concept based learning and I enjoy making my lessons "student centered" as opposed to "teacher centered". My students know I have high expectations. They are welcome to develop conclusions, but they must be defended and based on fact. I love to challenge them with the standard who, what, when,where, how, and why questions. They in turn LOVE to "try to prove me wrong". Every session ends with praise and analysis of the outcomes. Learning how to genuinely self critique is very important. Every student MUST feel like they have a voice and an opportunity to explain their point of view. I should also mention that I make videos as well. These are faily similar to what Khan has done, but in the area of literature, language and grammar. Fortunately, I have the liberty to select various texts. I especially enjoy using text from other subject areas. Students then realize the true importance of reading comprehension.

      Regardless, we still need a timeline of skills and expectations. Although I am not a huge fan of standardized testing we still need to evaluate growth and knowledge. Besides, you cannot get into a university without the SAT or ACT.

      I am very curious to see how our schools systems evolve over the next few years. I'm all for change, but it must be effective and valuable. I personally love the idea of incorporating videos. It is becoming very common practice at our campuse to sign up for the computer lab. We see this in all subject areas. I should note that these sessions are structured with expected outcomes. I can easily see how one would think a "lazy" teacher just throws the kids in front of a bunch of computers. This won't do.

      enough ranting

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