Mark Smithivas

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Education and Career - Programs, Articles, Trends, News, How To and Opinion

IT software projects can be more demanding as team members need to possess expertise towards the software products and services<p>The cloud computing …

Trends

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education

Does it often feel that there is just no overall facilities plan for CPS? Many parents, students, teachers, and community groups have felt the same …

Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach

Yong Zhao takes a critical eye to standards and the purposes they serve.<br>[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other …

Pedagogy

I love this website. Inspires me that we can create meaningful alternatives f...

I love this website. Inspires me that we can create meaningful alternatives for our children and society at large. - Mark Smithivas - Google+

Combining my love of fantasy baseball with human capital issues in corporate ...

Combining my love of fantasy baseball with human capital issues in corporate America. - Mark Smithivas - Google+

Mark Smithivas – Medium

Chicago dad; dot com survivor; interested in education innovation, school reform, a better outcome for my two kids

Mark Smithivas on about.me

I’m working on projects to advance progressive education practices in our school system. I also believe in using technology in authentic ways to give …

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

This approach — a product of the Industrial Age, which relied on compliant factory workers and mass consumption — promotes weakness rather than …

South by Southwest EDU, a Mecca for Ed-Tech, Set to Kick Off in Texas

The South by Southwest education conference, or SXSWedu, will host nearly 6,000 registered guests, who include ed-tech companies of all sizes.

Wonderful Free Templates to Create Newspapers for your Class

Earlier this year we wrote about web tools teachers can use to for their classrooms. This post turned<br>We have selected for you today a host of awesome …

A Great Collection of Apps, Lessons and Educational Games for Teaching Students Quick Typing Skills

February 14, 2015<br>Below is a collection of some of the best Chrome apps to help your students and kids master the art of touch typing. These apps …

The Pursuit of Deeper Learning

At this California charter school, students are evaluated based on yearly portfolios—not test scores.<p>On a recent Wednesday morning, 11th-grader Sophia Wellington took to the undersized stage at the front of her high school gym and, with seamless poise, demonstrated what a smarter method of …

GoTenna creates a cell network out of thin air anywhere on Earth

Radio frequency engineering is really hard. It's truly a black art."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

Tails: the operating system that blew open the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all …

CPS fails to nurture a true vision for charters

What happened to the vision?<p>The original purpose of charters, as proposed by the legendary head of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert …

Options for Families Without Democratic Schools or Resource Centers in their Communities

Home-based self-directed learning (either on your own or with a group of families) can be done anywhere, of course. But if, for whatever reason, …

Down With Textbooks

They give students a poor understanding of what it really means to study history.<p>When it comes to teaching history, nothing destroys student interest faster and more completely than a heavy reliance on textbooks.<p>During my first three years of teaching high-school history I would see students’ eyes …

Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules?

One December morning, Ellie, my kindergartener, woke up and, on hearing that school was canceled because of imminent snowfall, decided to draw a …

Education

Casualties in the Education Reform Wars

<i>A large group of public school teachers marches past John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in West Chicago.</i> …

Critics Say Schools' Common Core Standards Rollout Is Rushed

A growing number of educators and parents say they're worried about the tests being developed and tied to new, more rigorous standards in reading and math. The test results will be used to gauge students' progress and also evaluate teachers, rate schools and rank states.<p><b>Listen · 5:11</b><p><b>Toggle more</b> …

10 things to know about nation's first recreational marijuana shops in Colorado

Colorado began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1 to anyone age 21 or older.<p>Residents can now buy marijuana like alcohol -- except the cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or more.<p>It's a big moment: Colorado became the first …

(Waiting for) Superman Returns

Documentary director and activist, Davis Guggenheim, brings his latest campaign to network television with ‘TEACH’, an attempt to shed some light on …

Do Gifted Programs Improve Learning?

A new study suggests that for students on the margin, talented classes don't make a big difference.<p>Myla Goldberg’s novel <i>Bee Season</i> opens with an account of a traumatic moment in Eliza Naumann’s young life: when she doesn’t get picked to be in her elementary school’s Talented and Gifted program. …

Duolingo: Apple's choice for App of the Year

LOS ANGELES — At Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches computer science, Luis von Ahn and student Severin Hacker thought there should be a way to use smartphones to teach new languages.<p>Sure, there was Rosetta Stone, but it's an expensive program (it starts at $274), and the folks who really …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals