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Last chance to learn about blended learning at Worcester Academy this Thursday, Aug. 6th. Free, just register at: http://www.worcesteracademy.org/Page/Summer/Summer-Learning-Series
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Daniel Bassill

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+Paul Signorelli It's great to see you and others keeping the #etmooc  community connected. To me that should be one of the goals of any MOOC. I've been listening to live stream presentations from this week's Chicago Forum on Global Cities and participating in the Twitter chatter at #globalcities2015http://www.chicagoforum.org/videos  I have encouraged the organizers to create MOOCs around some of these topics, modeled after #ETmooc, #DLmooc  and #clmooc  which I joined in 2013 and continue to follow. 
Conversation on Aviation with The Boeing Company and United Airlines 8:15am Thursday, May 28. Smart Cities: Data, Innovation, and Social Apps 8:45am Thursday, May 28. Designing Environmentally Sustainable Cities 10:30am Thursday, May 28. Reimagining Urban Infrastructure 2:00pm Thursday, May 28 ...
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Aaron Maurer

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Make Learning Personal by Barbara Bray & Kathleen McClaskey http://wp.me/p4covo-1oJ
I would like to add one more book that is required of your time and mind when it comes to Deeper Learning, Project Based Learning, and anything that will help
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Aaron Maurer

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Cubes of Compartmentalization http://wp.me/p4covo-Xf
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Aaron Maurer

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9 Ways Microsoft Surface Can Transform Your Classroom by Recording Your Teaching http://wp.me/p4covo-1na
My wife recently had back surgery. She has been out of school for over a month. As any good teacher this makes her nervous and she worries about her content
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Aaron Maurer

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“Is it really the goal of schools to create college and career ready students?” http://wp.me/p4covo-1mT 
This is a question I posted on Twitter the other weekend as it has been a topic that has remained in my brain for some time and continues to swirl around the
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Aaron,

Something I think about alot as well. I am a professor of economics and at the college I teach at I am situated in the business department. I hear my colleagues talk all the time about preparing our students for jobs and it makes me cringe.

My thoughts are that our mindset should be that we are not "preparing" learners for anything. We should be thinking about how we help them develop their own sense of how the world works, what their passion is and how they can pursue that passion as they move on to the next stage of their life.

Many kids will be well on their way in this journey as they complete their k12 education and others not so much. I feel like it is our duty in higher ed to figure that out for each kid an pick up where they are at the time that they reach us.

So there's my 2 cents for now. Thanks for asking the question, Aaron.
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Aaron Maurer

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31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 3: Standardized Testing http://wp.me/p4covo-1lV
**Disclaimer: In no way am I proving that these thoughts are the end all be all. This post is designed to spark conversation and show the reader where I am
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Aaron Maurer

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Deeper Learning 2015 Conference Reflection http://wp.me/p4covo-1m2
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Aaron Maurer

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31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 1: Intro http://wp.me/p4covo-1la 
I have been immersed in the wonderful and complex world of teaching and education for over a decade. I often wish I started blogging from day one so I could go
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Peer Feedback - Why it matters, a study that will make you sick, and an amazing project out of Australia
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This online course for educators will explore deeper learning and will run from January 20 - March 21, 2014. For more information and to sign up (it's never too late!), visit http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/

Aaron Maurer

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Why is PBL a new hot ticket buzz word in education? http://wp.me/p4covo-1mz
Whew! After that last post on Deeper Learning I felt exhausted. I worked tirelessly to craft a post about standardized testing without tyring to go off the deep
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Aaron Maurer

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Good morning, I am back in search of some further guidance. A few weeks back I asked for some help in developing an interdisciplinary product. My personal goal was to infuse 8th grade math common core as that seems to be the hardest to merge with other subjects.
Right now I have a cool activity using LEGO EV3 robots to help understand functions http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/F/ Students will be presented with a challenge that will allow them to define the starting points of each robot to allow for them to finish at approximately the same time if they are traveling at various speeds.
I want to merge the ideas of functions with social studies and language arts. I am a bit stuck at the moment. I was thinking students could analyze functional relationships of periods of time and then create their own graph with language arts doing the writing portion of some nature, but not real sure.
Any thoughts? I would like to finalize this idea and then actually do the project and identify pitfalls.
CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.A.1. Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.1. CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.A.2. Compare properties of two functions each ...
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Aaron Maurer

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Literacy Across the World http://wp.me/p4covo-1ow. 
Once again, the power of Skype has come through in our classrooms allowing students to gain a stronger connection with people literally on the other side of the
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Aaron Maurer

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Don't Build a Makerspace Until You Create a Culture of Learing http://wp.me/p4covo-1o7
Before you begin reading this post grab a piece of paper sitting next you(you read with a notepad right?) and draw your classroom or what you imagine your
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It is hard to lose sight. I find myself always looking for the next thing and have to remind myself that I must first help students develop the mindset to create without instructions and step by step hand holding. It takes time, but once we get there then we can create with any material.
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Aaron Maurer

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I posed this question on Twitter and conversations are deep and engaging. I want to pose it here to see what this group thinks.

Question I am grappling with lately, “Is it really the goal of schools to create college and career ready students?”
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Important conversation.  I focus on volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring and the role programs can take in helping kids living in high poverty areas move through school and into careers. I do so since support systems for kids in high poverty are less filled with people who model different opportunities or can open doors for kids as they get older.  

At http://www.pinterest.com/tutormentor you can find a variety of graphics that illustrate first grade to first job because to me, a decent paying job offers the freedom to learn, and the opportunity to raise your own kids free of the challenges of poverty.

Yet, I agree that college is not the only path. 

 I maintain a web library and include links to articles like yours because as we get volunteers and others involved in the lives of kids, these adults need to be doing their own deeper learning, to better understand the different challenges poverty created for some kids, which are not challenges faced by kids in more affluent areas, as well as the different ways to inspire kids to be self motivated learners, taking charge of their own futures, supported by the systems and adults around them.  

Growing the number of people who read these articles and enter this conversation is part of the challenge we face.
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Aaron Maurer

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When Both Parents Are Teachers: An Apology To Our Kids http://wp.me/p4covo-1kd
This is a new blog post series that will be sporadic and only as topics arise. This is a blog post that is generated with my wife, Amanda, who is an 8th grade
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Aaron Maurer

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31 Days of Deeper Learning & PBL Blog Series | 2: What is DL and PBL? http://wp.me/p4covo-1lQ
In my first post of this series I launched the reasons for why I need to discuss at length the topic of Deeper Learning and PBL. I want to move from this stage
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Aaron Maurer

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Transforming Schools: Using PBL, Performance Assessment, And Common Core Standards http://wp.me/p4covo-1l2
I have been doing a lot more research and book reading this year to make an effort to really educate myself around solid principles in project based learning,
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yay,  just what I had musing about. thanks for this :)
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