Friday, May 5, 2017

A message to people who are certified Digital Footprint Specialists

Now that you have your Certificate certifying that you

For examle

I have three tips to students (teenagers and peopoe in university courses)

1.  create a website to capture your school work (essays, notes, comments on Blackboard and other online learning discussion places -- those posts are considered educational discussions and demonstrations of class participation)
2. projects
3.  blogs

For example, I recently wanted to show my colleagues what I learned about Finaland's school system through Michal Moore's film and the recent announcement about "elimination of subjects"  (this is the system used at Big Picture Schools, centered in Rhode Island..  See the list of questions below)

You can learn more about their system if you look at the "learning goals" and the list of questions that students walk through and work through when pursuing a topic.   THAT's how to teach without focusing on a textbook or one subject.    Look at the video and you will see that the Finnish system is being used already (or better, the system developed in Big Picture Learning was organicially developed independent of the Finnish system, but both systems were developed by starting with students, not by starting with a subject and a textbook)



I have a colleague who is traveling to Finland.  If he travels AFTER seeing the Michael Moore video, he will br better informed.   So it is my responsibility to put that info in front of him

Here'w what I wrote to him


Hello Abdulrahman!!

(1) When you are in Finland, please show this ebook

show this document to the Finnish people you meet.  Ask them about the LEARNING GOALS on page 150-151

That is similar to their system now.  They want to teach THINKING, not by subjects.  You can learn math, history, science, language, grammar all in the same class with the same teacher and you can do this by using questions.

SEE THE Michael Moore excerpt

Minute 2:30 where the math teacher says "I want my students to learn how to be happy"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Are you looking for a project to build your DIGITAL FOOTPRINT? Can you help expand the number of ebooks that are available to Arvind Gupta and his list of ebooks?

A remarkable project is taking place in India.

A fellow named Arvind Gupta has a website where he posts free ebooks.

Yes, you can get free books from the Gutenberg Project (started by Michael Hart) and from many universities (such as the University of Michigan).

But look at this message:

Arvind Gupta

to me
Dear Steve,

Many thanks for this gift. In India where I live it is very difficult to get hold of books so your gift is very precious. I shall add to my collection and share with others.

In my collection you will really like DANGER SCHOOL - the most subversive cartoon book on Education. We got it into many Indian languages.

WE are starved of good books. Please share more resources.

love and peace


If you are a teenager and you want o increase your impact on the Internet, why not look for free ebooks and send them to Arvind?  You can also post the videos and ask your friends to click on the links below.

So, we started devising toys, science experiments using throwaway stuff - we have over 100 experiments with old plastic bottles, tetrapaks, one dozens caps using old newspapers, we make 30 different kinds of PUMPS with which children can inflate a balloon, throw water 15-feet away or make a water sprinkler with a plastic straw. We have put all this in the FREE public domain. Today 51-million children across the world have wathched our videos in 20 languages. My Website

From Science Teaching I was slowly drawn to Education. India has multiple languages. We have tried to translate some of the worlds' best books on Education in Indian languages to make them accessible to our teachers fom Free.

If you are a teacher, you can download 83 of the best books on Education in English 

Thanks to Steve for inviting me to contribute. Together we can make this world a better place for our children