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Homeschoolers announce, "Harvard, here we come!"

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How do you think top colleges such as Harvard feel about admitting potential students who have been homeschooled? Do you think they encourage it? Frown upon it? One Harvard student, a co-founder of a homeschooling group at Harvard called "Homeschoolers Anonymous" is quoted as saying:

“Homeschooling almost prepares you better for college, and especially a college like Harvard,” Hudson says. “As a homeschooler, a lot of it is kind of up to you in taking very personal…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on August 16, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Personal Learning Networks & connectivism in the Jewish family homeschool

As the new year approaches, it's worth re-examining one or more of the core ideas behind Room613. I have written in previous newsletters of my vision of Room613 as more than just a place where kids can take classes, but as a "virtual learning community." One system that can help create this ideal of the learning community is called the "Personal Learning Network." 

Just what is a PLN? Personal Learning Networks, which have become very trendy, are described by Wikipedia as…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on August 9, 2012 at 2:16pm — No Comments

"Classroom bad, bus good?" Or...maybe not?

Last week, I walked through the halls of a Boston area Jewish day school. The rooms had most of their belongings filling boxes in the hall, as the rooms were probably were being readied for a fresh coat of paint. The rooms were dark, and nobody was around. A thought ran through my head, which struck me as somewhat odd as I considered it. I thought, as I peered into the empty rooms, how strange that kids are expected to come every day to these little rooms, and sit there and learn.…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on August 2, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments

Amazing technologies, Common Core Standards, and homeschooling.

I hope you had a good week. As I gear up for our two week Boot Camp program, I had the chance to participate this week in a “Boot Camp for educators,” held online by ASCD, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The program, a webinar really, was fascinating for several reasons. First of all, it showed the power and depth of Web 2.0. (What exactly is Web 2.0, you may ask? Not everyone present at the session knew that either, although the presenter seemed to take it for…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on July 26, 2012 at 10:06am — No Comments

“Mr. Watson...come here...I want to see you!” or, communication in the 21st century homeschool world

I just got off the phone after speaking with a doctor in California whom I have never spoken to before. Before we said goodbye, he said “Nice to meet you.” It struck me as a slightly strange way to say goodbye after speaking on the phone. Did I indeed “meet“ him? Just what does “meeting” mean in this context? A quick search shows the first definition of "meet" to be "To come upon by chance or arrangement." (1)



A few weeks ago, I wrote about a conference in California on education…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on July 12, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

A conference on the West coast, I'm here on the East coast...and happy to be here!

This week there is a large conference, called ISTE, going on in California, the topic of which is education and technology. Someone I know is there (he teaches at a popular school in LA which shall remain nameless), and has been blogging about his experience at the conference. I have been asking myself; shouldn’t I be there? My first thought was, of course I should! Education and technology are my specialty and my passion! How could I miss this? I kicked myself a few times for good…

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Added by Yosef Resnick on June 28, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments

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