SWBT Episode 23: A Commitment to Equity on Education

Episode 23 of the "So We've Been Thinking..." Podcast is now available.  In this episode I speak with the inspiring Dr. Darnisa Amante  of DEEP, The Disruptive Equity Education Project. Click here to listen! An inspiring speaker, Dr. Amante talks about why equity works is so important and what that work entails.  Her passion and … Continue reading SWBT Episode 23: A Commitment to Equity on Education

Personalising Learning with Branching Google Forms

Personalized learning creates a variety of challenges for teachers.  Understanding the tools that can support the creation of a personalized path for each students is a key part of making it work.  The article focuses on an often overlooked feature in Google forms that can help teachers do just that. 

The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment

My most recent article has been published on the Otus blog. If you would like to read it in its entirety you can find it here: The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment. "Where teachers once had relatively limited options for conducting Formative Assessment, today there is an abundance of simple, effective and free ways to … Continue reading The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment

A Sputnik Moment for Civic Education: SWBT Episode 20

Across the country, there is a renewed focus on laws and practices to promote quality civic education, geared toward preparing our students with the skills they need to be active participants in a democracy who are able to access and insert themselves into the democratic decision making process. Shawn talks with Mary Ellen Daneels about … Continue reading A Sputnik Moment for Civic Education: SWBT Episode 20

The Modern Robes of Democracy

Civic education in the United States has been getting a lot of attention lately. Different then “Government” courses that focus on the structures of government, the goal of a Civics course is to prepare students to participate in democracy and to educate them about the rights and duties of citizenship. One of the driving forces … Continue reading The Modern Robes of Democracy

Dive Right in with VR Tech

My recent article about Building with Virtual Reality was just published in Digital Learning Magazine! It is a step by step guide to creating a Virtual Experience. Beyond the exciting ability to create I believe it is essential for students to understand Virtual reality so that they will be able to understand and evaluate the … Continue reading Dive Right in with VR Tech

SWBT Episode 19: Making PBL Work with Andrew Miller

Project based Learning is more than just a lesson format.  It is a cultural shift for both the school and the classroom.  I sat down with Andrew Miller, guru of Project Based Learning to discuss "Making PBL Work." https://anchor.fm/sowevebeenthinking/episodes/Episode-19-Andrew-Miller---Making-PBL-Work-e449jo

SWBT Episode 18 with Monica Burns

Episode 18 of the "So We've Been Thinking..." podcast is now available! This episode discusses putting "Task's Before Apps" with Dr. Monica Burns! Listen to the episode here:   SWBT Podcast Episode 18: Tasks Before Apps with Dr. Monica Burns For more information about Monic Burns you can check out her website  "Class Tech Tips."  … Continue reading SWBT Episode 18 with Monica Burns

MASSCUE/MASCD Civic Education Presentation

For the last year, Tom Driscoll and I have been working on the "Modern Civics Project.  Our goal is too look at Civic Education and Civic Education instruction and create support for teachers, schools and districts who are looking to re-invigorate their instruction and rethink their curriculum.  So far the response has been overwhelming. This … Continue reading MASSCUE/MASCD Civic Education Presentation

The Transformation of History Instruction

The Transformation of History Instruction Technology has forever changed the way that History classes are taught. Once, not very long ago, history classes relied upon two key sources of information: the teacher and the textbook. Students read the textbook, and then the teachers shared their vast knowledge, usually through lecture. Research assignments were key, but … Continue reading The Transformation of History Instruction