The White House has announced the 85 names of Outstanding Math and Science Teachers! Yes! This is wonderful.
No it isn't.
What it really is — a missed opportunity to truly improve STEM education by networking. By letting you SEE what they are doing.
What they should have included?
- A twitter list of those who twitter. Already made for you.
- Every name should be hyperlinked. Every name. We should be able to find their school and information and even their classroom without having to search.
- Links to their application and portfolio.
- An RSS feed that allows you to follow all of them with a click whether through a reader or something like Flipboard.
Dead Links Kill Progress
As it is, this lovely press release which is making the rounds is dead.
It is a list of names of living breathing teachers doing amazing work but dead because it has no living hyperlinks to enrich us.
I should think better coming from an administration that is so tech savvy.
And yes, I teach my students about dead text. Dead text where it should have useful, contextual links is irritating and rude. This list BEGS for more. As a matter of practice, all lists of people should include hyperlinks.
That is, of course, a person doesn't want to have a link and chooses to opt out.
Awards should be intended to reward best practice and disseminate it further.
- 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard (coolcatteacher.blogspot.com)
- White House Launches New Tally of STEM Education Programs (news.sciencemag.org)
- CEOs Call for New STEM Standards (usnews.com)
- Making Science Cool for Kids with K-12 STEM Outreach (cenblog.org)
- Tech Savvy Brings STEM to Girls in Buffalo (blog-aauw.org)
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