Each environment, be it a jungle or a classroom, values certain behaviors and skills over others. So what does the classroom environment that effectively teaches these skills look like?
It may be unclear how these three topics: PBL, Civic Education, and AR/VR technology, fit together. Here is the common thread: all three create immersive learning experiences that provide students with SITUATED COGNITION. This concept suggests that learning happens in context and that the most powerful learning happens when we do not separate the concept we are trying to teach, and the activity that we are using to teach it from context and culture.
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.
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
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
So if you are thinking of diving in but have been afraid to take the leap, here is a “Get Started NOW” guide to have students building and sharing their own experiences.
"The Power and Promise of Immersive Learning Experiences"
I recently had the chance to sit down with Matt Weld to record an episode of his podcast "Teachers Classroom." We discussed the rise of podcasts and the potential benefits of podcasting in the classroom. Thanks for having me Matt.
Greg Kulowiec and I recorded a live episode of the "So We've Been Thinking..." Podcast where we discussed our purpose, process and history. Presenting live was something we discussed before we recorded our first episode, so the session was a proud accomplishment on many levels.
While the goals of the history classroom have remained for the most part consistent over time, what has changed dramatically in recent years is our ability to access an abundance of resources and tools that can make the process of learning and the expression of that learning come alive for the students in our classrooms.