FutureCraft: Shaping Society's Future

FutureCraft: Shaping Society's Future site is a repository for my writing about education and a link to various web sites that I have developed or manage. The philosophical link among the elements of the site is a belief that an understanding of our society will allow us to shape it.
 
FutureCraft: Shaping Society's Future
Web Sites
Writing
School Based Management
One Child – Many Communities
Authentic Assessment: a briefing
Information Highway WebtoWeb The Theatre of the Absurd
WebtoWeb
Quantum 2000
Mattie and Henry
Alberta Consumers' Association
 Collaborating with School Councils
 A Community Perspective on Education
CTS Financial Management
Local Control of Education in a Global Environment
Locally Managed Schools: What Do They Do?
Quantum 2000: Education for Today and Tommorow
Students and Standards
School-based Management, Expectations and Outcomes: Edmonton Public Schools 15 Years Down the Road
 
 
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Web Sites

School Based Management

This site looks at the expectations for school based management and how they have evolved.  Also, there are links a variety of Education Policy sites.

Information Highway

The Information Highway site was developed as a resource for the Alberta Education CTS:Information Highway Module.  It supports an introductory course about the Internet use and Web Page design.  A feature of the site is links to tutorials for web page and site development.

WebtoWeb

WebtoWeb provides an example of translating from a mind map or web to a web site.  The technique integrates technology with any subject and supports co-operative learning and project based learning.  Links and references on the site lead to discussions about the development of and nature of web documents.

Alberta Consumers' Association

The Alberta Consumers' Association site was developed as a portal to sources of consumer information.  The site supports the work of the Alberta Consumers' Association and the Alberta social studies and CALM curricula.

CTS Financial Management

The CTS Financial Management site is contains links to online resources supporting the Alberta CTS Financial Management curriculum.  The site is under construction and currently has resources for the introductory and some intermediate modules.  However, the links are matched with curriculum expectations, which both students and teachers should find useful. (Index)


Writing

One Child – Many Communities: Recasting the Purpose of Education establishes the purpose of education as helping students to reconcile the expectation of the many communities to which they belong and to help the students acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes expected by the communities in which they wish to satisfy their vocational and avocational needs. http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/onechild.htm

A Community Perspective on Schooling is another approach to describing what occurs in a school. It offers a theoretical basis for individualized instruction, multicultural curriculums, and collaboration with students, parents, staff, and others.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/perspective.htm

Local Control of Education in a Global Environment discusses the inherent conflicts between two major educational trends, devolution and globalization. The author argues strongly that if a community needs to chose which trend to follow, it should opt for devolution.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/global.htm

Locally Managed Schools: What Do They Do? looked at goals (results) the schools thought were important and the schools' ability to meet them. The criteria used to determine if the schools have been successful were the indicators identified by the schools in their budget documents.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/localschools.htm

Students and Standards  The demands for accountability in education have resulted in student achievement being defined in terms of meeting Provincial standards. This study found that schools were directing their efforts toward teaching the tested Provincial curriculum. Further, the schools were standardizing their assessment methods, to correspond to those used by the province and to provide internal consistency. This approach helps schools to meet Provincial standards, but it reduces the scope and flexibility of school programs.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/studstand.htm

Authentic Assessment: a briefing provides an introduction to authentic assesment.  It discusses what it is, why you would want to use it, and what is required to implement it.  There are also links to sites offering indepth analysis and examples.    http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/assessment.htm

Collaborating with School Councils describes a method for changing a parent or school council from a group that is consulted after decisions are made to collaborative partners in making those decisions.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/collaborate.htm

The Theatre of the Absurd: The Parent/Student/Teacher Interview
This is a play based on an actual interview.  Important questions are raised about the purpose of parent-teacher interviews and how students are treated in the process.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/edarticles/Theatre.htm

Quantum 2000 is getting dated.  In the article I suggest that letting students work at their own speed will allow them to complete up to two years of post secondary education before they leave high school. This would strengthen the curriculum, improve access to education and reduce costs.  I still think this is a good argument for student centered learning.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/quantum.htm

WebtoWeb: Writing in HTML describes how WYSIWYG html editors that come with your browser can be used to transform a mind map into a web site.  Also, there are several references about the development and use of interactive documents.  http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/public_html/webtoweb/index.html

Mattie and Henry have a problem with celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. (fiction, humour) http://www.clubwebcanada.ca/l-pphillips/fiction/MatieHenry.htm (Index)


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Copyright: Larry Phillips

Last updated on August 3, 2005