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Do schools need to change?  This fundamental question causes great concern for many a traditionalist.  Tapscott uses the cryogenic analogy well.  If someone from 1900 were frozen in time and awakened today the incredible improvements in technological advancements in human kind, medicine, transportation etc.  would astonish them.  They may even be so shocked that health of the person would be at risk.  UNTIL….you took them to a school where they would say….ahhhh….this looks familiar and the heart palpatations would cease.

(work in progress)

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At school last month we completed a “Fun Index.”  The idea stemmed from a Blog entry at Education Innovation.  The results, questions and data are below.  There were 25 respondants of 25 faculty.Are We Fun? Staff Members were polled for this survey.                        
                                                   
4.32 1 Are new teachers and staff made to feel welcome?                                
3.68 2 School meetings are positive and light?                                    
3.44 3 Does your school have fun activities at least once a month?                              
4.40 4 Is it common to hear teachers and staff laughing at school?                              
4.20 5 Can you be yourself at school?                                      
3.20 6 Does your school have a lot of celebrations or special events?                              
4.28 7 When brainstorming ideas, do teachers like to have fun?                              
4.72 8 Is your Principal usually optimistic and smiling?                                  
4.04 9 Would your students say you are fun to be with in class?                              
4.72 10 Do you have friends at school that make you laugh?                                
4.48 11 Do you, the teachers and staff have a good time together at school?                            
1 5 5 5 4 5 3 4 5 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 4 5 4 4 3 5 5 4
2 3 2 2 2 4 2 4 3 3 5 4 5 3 3 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
3 3 2 2 3 4 3 4 2 2 3 5 5 2 3 2 5 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 5
4 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 3 4 5 4 3 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 5 5
5 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 5 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 5
6 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 5 3 3 4
7 4 5 5 5 3 5 4 4 3 3 5 5 4 3 5 5 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 5
8 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
9 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 3 3 5 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4
10 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 3 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 5
11 5 4 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 5 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4
1 never                                              
2 hardly                                              
3 neutral                                              
4 usually                                              
5 Almost always                                            
Our Overall Fun index=45.48                                      

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