Weekly Post November 12, 2012

Here at Daily Edventures, we always strive to present a global point of view. Since January 2, when we posted our first interview with Principal Jeff Davis about student-centered learning at his Queensland, Australia school, we’ve heard from over 300 innovative educators representing at least 68 countries. Over the course of the year, we’ve talked to innovators from Ghana to Greece, from Sri Lanka to Sweden, from Bulgaria to Brazil – and most points in between. So we’re excited that this week has been designated International Education Week by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The week is part of US efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, a key contributor to building 21st
century skills.

And as we think about the big, global issues facing educators (something I find myself doing a lot as we approach this year’s Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague later this month), perhaps nothing is more fundamental than agreeing on a common definition of education. This recent article by Noam Chomsky offers some insightful reflection on that topic, exploring what education should do, what it must do and what it can do to advance society.

This week’s Daily Edventures started with a profile of Argentina’s Luciana Sylvestri, who has found innovative ways to support her Spanish language and literature classes with technology. We’ll also be talking to educators like Rey Junco, a Harvard-based educator and researcher who has compelling data to support the benefits of social media in education. And we’ll hear from other educators, representing many different backgrounds and diverse points of view, all breaking new ground in teaching and learning.

Have a great week, and remember that the Prague is just over two weeks away. Whether you’re joining us there in person, or following the action on the Partners in Learning Network Community Discussion, Facebook, get ready to be inspired by some of the best
work in education happening around the globe today.



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