Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com/education2014-04-04T12:28:00+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/education/engagement-is-not-the-goalSam Morris2014-04-04T12:28:00+00:00
Engagement is not a goal, it’s an outcome of students (or anyone) doing meaningful work.
- Sylvia Martinez via Scott McLeod
In today’s education speak, engagement is too often cited for purposes that are not ideal. As one reads the reports of schools implementing technology in their classrooms, undoubtedly someone will cite technology as a means to increase student engagement. However, not all engagement is equal, and in deed some engagement may not even be desirable. In particular, I believe we need to ask are the students engaged in the learning or in the medium and/or process.
Prior to the advent of today’s digital tools, this was not a real concern as most of the learning tools were not likely to be independently engaging. As a result of the ongoing digital transformation, it is critical to define the engagement we seek as part of the learning outcomes and then identify technology tools that support this engagement. To that end, here are some of the key identifiers I use to assess the nature of the engagement.
Does the tool drive collaboration amongst students, teachers, and a broader community of learners? Conversely, does the tool tend to isolate people within their own world? While there can be benefit to the latter, as a metric for engagement, my bias is for those tools that create more dialogue, discussion, and cooperative learning.
Does the tool provide an interactive experience?...
Summertime for a teenager often means sleeping in late, spending days at the pool and maybe a summer job or two. For Matthew Simpson, 16, of Durham, NC this summer has been spent working on two projects at Lenovo: a Stoneware WebNetwork portal and a benchmarking and configuration effort with the ThinkStation development engineers.
Matt presents the WebNetwork architecture.
Simpson, who will soon begin his senior year at the NC School of Science and Math in Durham, joined Lenovo’s North America Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS) team in June as part of a collaborative effort between Lenovo and the NCSSM.
“We started a partnership with Science and Math consisting of several initiatives, from technology to HR to PR. We want to engage young people in Lenovo as a career opportunity and took this first opportunity to introduce them to our PC+ strategy,” said Dave Buchanan, Director of the NA FTSS team.
A tech wizard even at 16, prior to his time with Lenovo, Matt focused primarily on software. “In middle school, I started picking up software development,” he stated. “My floor was literally covered with computer science books, but I never really explored hardware until coming here.”
“Matt’s work on ThinkStation this summer will prove to be invaluable as we challenge the competition going forward,” said Bryan Young, a software architect for the ThinkStation Business Unit. “He has compiled a database of several tests that will...
Can you imagine being in high school and getting invited to be special guest at a real rocket launch? That's exactly what happened to Sara Ma and Dorothy Chen, Michigan natives and winners of the YouTube Space Lab competition. As part of their prize package, the teenage friends got to travel to Japan, where they watched up close and personal as their very own experiments were shot up by rocket to the International Space Station. On the eve of the Space Lab finale, we asked them about this incredible experience.
How long was your flight from Michigan to Japan? Did you have any interesting layovers?
The flight was 13-14 hours long. We had no layovers. I couldn’t sleep on the plane at all, so the flight felt extremely long.
What cities in Japan did you get to see? Any significant landmarks?
I just saw Tokyo and Tanegashima on my Japan trip. I was most impressed with the different landscapes of Tokyo: you can see the old classic side in the Asakusa district, the modern electric city in the Akihabara district, and the fashion-forward/young-teen scene in the Shibuya district. Tanegashima was relatively isolated from modern activity, and I really was able to enjoy the amazing nature and calmness that you can’t get in the bustling city.
Describe the overall experience, and emotions you felt, while watching your experiment launch on the JAXA rocket heading to the ISS.
We’re excited to share the amazing and impressive work done by Grover Cleveland High School seniors from Queens, New York. This week they showcased more than 40 apps they developed as part of a mobile application development curriculum pilot program and competition by Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation (NAF). The students used our ThinkPad laptops and Android-based tablets to put their creativity and programming skills to the test, creating a tremendous range of apps.
The results were astounding:
Apps to help people with disabilities store their personal information, remember their medication schedule, exercise their memory, and even to more easily navigate public transit systems
Educational apps including fun and easy-to-use ways to remember math equations, make your own learning flashcards, and children’s learning such as matching sounds to animals and countries to their shapes
Apps focused on health and exercise including gauging BMI level, tracking exercise time, and learning new abdominal exercises, complete with pictures and levels of difficulty
Game apps, including “Space Battle,” “Gnome Bridge,” “Balloon Popper,” “Catch the Manana,” “Squirrels vs. Chipmunks,” and “Samurai Sword,” which is a movement-based app that creates different sword fight noises as the personal device is moved
Apps for international travelers such as converting miles to kilometers and currency converters
How-to apps including guides for making bracelets, nail polish designs, and dance moves
Grover Cleveland High School’s app developers participated in a competition...
Well it's happened again. A couple of recent tweets have me thinking about my days in the classroom and my role as a mathematics teacher. In this tweet Karl Fisch is looking for advice to help his students overcome some challenges in their math class.
Frustrated. I'm not being successful helping my students when they don't immediately get something. They just stop and give up.
— Karl Fisch (@karlfisch) April 3, 2012
In particular he is struggling with creating a culture or a mindset for his students of determination. It also reminds me of the theme from yesterday’s #mathchat.
The topic is: "How do/should we measure success in mathematics, and in schools?"#mathchat
— Colin Graham (@ColinTGraham) April 2, 2012
In my days at Cary Academy I remember a conversation the math department had about what were the specific characteristics we wanted our students to develop through their experiences at Cary Academy. I have always felt that one of the most important skills (if it is even a skill) that we could encourage our students to develop is a sense of determination, a sense of patience, and the stamina to be able to attack a problem without becoming frustrated. However society or at least the educational environment seems to teach our students the exact opposite when it comes to mathematics. If we examine most of the problems that we share with our students either through homework, classwork, or on high-stakes tests, there's an expectation that...
While the trending topics on Twitter over the past 48 hours have revolved around The Bachelor, March Madness, and NFL free agency, most of the people in my timeline, who tend to focus on education and technology, have been tweeting about Khan Academy and the recently announced TED-Ed video series. Last night I was caught up in a conversation among a few of my favorite math educators (Dan Meyer and Karl Fisch) and a supehero.
Without doing the conversation justice, I’ll simply summarize it as a debate about the merits of online video lectures. Dan and the EdTech Hulk’s perceptions are that TED-Ed and Khan Academy are emphasizing lecturing as the fundamental purpose of educators. On the other hand, Karl was suggesting that it was a bit early to prejudge, especially in the case of Ted-Ed.
If you haven't had a chance to visit the blogs of Dan and Karl, I strongly suggest that you do. Over the past several years I have followed the work of both men as they relate their experiences in math education. Each time I read a post by Dan, I am in awe of the way in which he visualizes math education. He has a particular skill in being able to identify problems in real world context whose solutions involve a wide range of problem-solving strategies and mathematical concepts. While Dan had been a classroom teacher his recent endeavors have taken them away from the classroom as both...
What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck.
As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers.
Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around?
Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.
What technology powers the ship simulator?
Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels. Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the instruments.
Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, and you are likely to get a range of inspirational and creative responses. Whether it is archeologist, astronaut, dolphin trainer, pro-baseball player, or firefighter, children provide some of the best answers to this age-old question.
Now, with the Lenovo Dream To DO Contest, all K-8 students at schools across the United States are invited to respond to this question with the hopes of winning a $50,000 technology makeover for their school. (As the world's #1 supplier of PCs to the education market, Lenovo feels strongly about the role of technology in schools.) By submitting a drawing and accompanying sentence of what they would like to DO when they grow up, students are automatically entered to win an extra-rugged ThinkPad X130e laptop, as well as the chance to win the grand prize tech makeover for their school. Winners will be chosen based on internet voting, which is open to students, family and friends.
Teachers are invited to download special Dream To DO class materials, which include age-appropriate lesson plans and materials to help inspire students to dream big about their futures.
Learn more about the contest details, and download class materials by visiting http://www.LenovoDreamToDO.com.
• Open to K-8 schools in the U.S.
• Contest runs February 1, 2012 – April 16, 2012
Darcy Delph is a Sales and Product Training Developer for Lenovo Training Solutions.
Working in an industry that provides goods or services to education can be a bit tricky. Obviously companies must operate in a manner which ultimately supports the financial well-being of the organizations, its shareholders and its employees. However, when working with schools we must also remember that it is important to keep in mind the significance and magnitude of the work being done by educators. As the #1 PC manufacturer in education, Lenovo has a responsibility to build hardware appropriate for education that enhances the learning environment and enables educators to improve learning outcomes. Recently we announced two new product lines that do just that.
In January at BETT Lenovo showcased, its second offering of Classmate Plus. Based on the Intel Learning Series, we are offering a clamshell version as well as a Lenovo-enhanced convertible Tablet PC. Both systems are built on Intel's Atom Processor technology and both are ruggedized to meet the demanding needs of classrooms. In addition, the classmates have a full suite of education optimized applications, including classroom management tools, creativity applications, and e-reader.
Also for those schools looking for more computing power, Lenovo has released an 11.6” notebook, the x130e. With configurations including Intel i3 and AMD 450 processors and up to 8gb RAM, the Xl30e has enough power to drive real productivity, creativity, and collaboration. However what really makes this solution special is that it was "Built for Education!” Based on feedback from customers, education Advisory Councils, and...
I recently came across a video of a partner of ours, Evernote. Prior to seeing the video, I was unaware of our relationship, so when I saw it I was very pleased, not just because it is nice to hear compliments from a satisfied Lenovo user, but because the feeling is mutual. Without knowing of our relationship, I have been trumpeting my love of Evernote (and Stitch) during every presentation I do that involves our ThinkPad Tablet.
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So to the...