Shifting Focus & Free Presentations

I'm reworking the intent of Far North Education to better reflect my limited capabilities as a working teacher that aims to change the world of assessment. The Iceberg grading system is currently under construction, but I will be testing it in my own classroom this coming school year before releasing anything to the rest of the world.

Are You Sure Apple is Right for Your School?

From Apple's updated iPad store.

Apple seems to be the go-to solution for schools looking to start 1:1 programs (wherein each student is assigned a device). There is no question that some schools have had serious success with the iSchool Campus program, and other programs like it.

In light of Apple's price announcements, and in light of LA's trouble with iPads and pricing, are you sure that iPads and Apple solutions are really right for your school?

Grades, Portfolios, and Competency in the Age of Data

Report Cards from the late 1800s

This article from TheGlobeAndMail.com discusses the fact that the current grading system we have now in most schools - A, B, C, D, F - discourages curiosity and exploration by punishing failure. Why branch out if you're going to get a 'D' on an assignment? Why work harder than needed to achieve an 'A', especially when your peers are achieving at levels far below you?

Introducing: Far North Articles

Far North aims to provide educators with all kinds of products and services, and many of them are free. This is yet another one of those free services.

Far North Articles is essentially a blog of education technology finds, discussions, and other productive posts that we think you as a professional educator might be interested in.