Weef of June 11

This week, as we enter into the second week of June, many schools in the northern hemisphere are breaking for the summer and we’re already nearly half way through 2012. It seems an opportune time to take a look back at some of the themes and heroes we’ve highlighted here at Daily Edventures.

Our interviews have spanned the globe: from South Africa to Antarctica, from Australia to Chile, from Japan to Portugal.  We’ve talked with educators, artists, Misters of Education, game designers, movie creators, Imagine Cup winners, researchers, entrepreneurs and students. All of our heroes are unique, and each of them is working to improve our system of education.  Our problems are shared, as are our solutions: the more we can discuss what is working, share our stories, and help each other, the better off we will all be.

One theme does seem to run through most of our posts – the idea that we must prepare our students for the 21st century by teaching collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.  Another theme that seems to permeate is the fact that high-stakes testing is holding our educators and our children back. “The biggest obstacle in the US is the single-minded obsession with testing and accountability with little or no effort to help teachers improve,” says Les Foltos, director of education at Peer-Ed, whom I interviewed last week. So how do we move past a culture of standardized testing?  What will it take to make systemic change?

I also want to introduce you this new tab on the blog dedicated to the Partners in Learning
Network.  The Partners in Learning Network is a fantastic online community serving educators and school leaders in over 115 countries. Centered around the theme “Your Ideas Matter,” the Partners in Learning Network is a community for you, by you. It further amplifies the great work that is being done every day by teachers and schools around the world. With this idea in mind, I invite you to try out this global online resource and community designed to encourage collaboration and the spread of ideas for the betterment of education worldwide.

Sign in, create an account and start connecting with thousands of educators worldwide here.

I’d also like to invite you to take a look back on our Daily Edventures so far, watch one of our video interviews, or take a look at the Classrooms of the World that we’ve seen so far.

And then, let me know your thoughts. Do you have a theme you’d like to talk about? Is there a hero that you would like me to interview? In six short months, we will reach our 365th interview. I’d love to know who you’d like to hear from and what you’d like to talk about. Nominate worldwide heroes in education at dailyedventures@microsoft.com

I’m excited to continue this incredible journey with you all!

Thanks,

Anthony

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