Montana LINCS Update
3/2/09
Greetings from Montana LINCS
 
Lots of research information was presented in last week's MTLINCS email.  You may want to go to the Email Archives http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/email_archives/email_archives_index.htm 
and take a look at the email.  And now take a look at some more interesting information. 
 

1.  MTLINCS Research Item #9:  A Whole New Mind - Any reaction to this concept?  Has anyone read the book?

Left brain - right brain.  Remember those concepts?  Nothing new, right?  Maybe it's just like Multiple Intelligences.  However, do you ever think about those concepts any more?  If not, you may want to pick up Daniel H. Pink's book, A Whole New Mind:  Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.  He shares some interesting observations and proposals.      

"Our broader culture tends to prize L-Directed Thinking more highly than its counterpart ... But this is changing - and it will dramatically reshape our lives.  Left-brain-style thinking used to be the driver and the right-brain-style thinking the passenger.  Now, R-Directed Thinking is suddenly grabbing the wheel, stepping on the gas, and determining where we're going and how we'll get there.  L-Directed aptitudes -- the sorts of things measured by the SAT and deployed by CPAs -- are still necessary.  But they're no longer sufficient.  Instead, the R-Directed aptitudes so often disdained and dismissed -- artistry, empathy, taking the long view, pursuing the transcendent -- will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles.  It's a dizzying - but ultimately inspiring -- change."

Pink, Daniel H.  A Whole New Mind.  New York:  Penguin Group Inc., 2005, p.27.

From the Information Age, we have gone to the Conceptual Age.  "... today, facts are ubiquitous, nearly free, and available at the speed of light ... When facts become so widely available and instantly accessible, each one becomes less valuable.  What begins to matter more is the ability to place these facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact.  And that is the essence of the aptitude of Story -- context enriched by emotion."   Pink, p. 103

We are keeping data (Information Age); however, our students' stories are vital in our quest to help them achieve success.  We are constantly being bombarded by the terms -- Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.   Do Montana ABLE programs provide rigor?  Do the programs provide relevance?  And what about relationships?  Do programs pay attention to their students' stories?  Gut feeling - yes!  Skills are being taught; goals are being met; bonds are being forged.  What do you think?

Questions:

    • Are you seeing anything different in how you provide services?  Or is what Pink saying not true during this most recent economic downturn? 
    • Do students' stories impact the way you teach?  If so, what stories have made the greatest impact?   

2.  Distance Learning Math Videos

Click here http://www.teachertube.com/uvideos.php?UID=231117 to check out a couple of math videos Kathie Daviau of Billings has created and posted on Teacher Tube. 

You may also want to look at the The Math Video Project the Billings Skyview website.  Click here http://skyview.billings.k12.mt.us/departments/math/videos/.

3.  Article on Demand for GED Classes

Go to Yahoo News at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090223/ap_on_re_us/meltdown_ged_demand to read "Demand for GED Classes Increase with Job Losses."  Are you seeing anything similar in your programs?

4.  SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills by U.S. Departments of Labor and Education)

Because the world of work is changing, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education formed the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) to study the kinds of competencies and skills that workers must have to succeed in today's workplace. The results of the study were published in a document entitled What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000. A summary of the findings are provided in the tables below.  Click here to access the summary, http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/assment/as7scans.htm .

The full report is available on the DOL website.  It is over 500 pages long. http://wdr.doleta.gov/opr/FULLTEXT/1999_35.pdf  

5.  Economic Stimulus Webinar Hosted by Pro-Literacy

1)     Here is the link to the Economic Stimulus webinar, hosted by ProLiteracy and co-sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy, the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, National Center for Family Literacy, Commission on Adult Basic Education, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and ProLiteracy: 

http://www.proliteracy.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=553 

2)     Another timely news event pertaining to our discussion of economic recovery. >From the Committee on Education and Labor: http://edlabor.house.gov/newsroom/2009/02/congress-must-strengthen-and-i.shtml

Jackie Taylor, PD List Facilitator

6.  From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom

Marc Prensky is a thinker about technology, how it changes us and our society. In 2001 he invited us to think about the differences between "digital natives" and "digital immigrants". Now he says we should think about "digital wisdom." In an engaging article in Innovate, The Journal of Online Education, entitled "H. Sapiens Digital:

From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom," he writes about differences between those who are digitally enhanced and those who are not. He argues that "Digital wisdom is a twofold concept, referring both to wisdom arising from the use of digital technology to access cognitive power beyond our innate capacity and to wisdom in the prudent use of technology to enhance our capabilities."  He foresees that some will object to this argument, that they will say that some of the new technologies may be making us dumber. In reply he says: "While that is certainly something we should guard against, we must also bear in mind that new technologies have always raised similar objections; as Carr points out, in Plato's The Phaedrus, Socrates objects to writing on the basis that it undermines the memory."

You'll find the article (after you register and log in) at:

David J. Rosen

DJRosen@theworld.com

7.  Where in the World Are You?

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/opiableww.htm to find out WHO MT LINCS has captured now?  These individuals will surely win Oscars next year! 

P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm   .  Also if you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please let me know!  Thanks!

Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101

norenehp@bresnan.net