4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

This post was originally published on Edudemic you can click here to view the original. When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured … Continue reading 4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology

The following article originally appeared on Edudemic.  See the original article here. For some, the technology rich classroom is easy to justify. Once you have made the transition and seen the benefits, it is easy to weigh them against the potential risks and worries about the problems resulting from having a room full of devices. … Continue reading 5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom

This article was originally posted on Edudemic. You can read the original post on the Edudemic site here.  When we work with schools embarking on 1:1 programs, losing classroom culture often tops the list of concerns. Teachers worry about too much screen time and lack of face-to-face interaction. Between the two of us, we have … Continue reading When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom

Beware Ye Smashing Archetypes…

I have dedicated a fair amount of my life to redefining  the experience in my classroom over the past 3 years.  I still have a lot to do but I am proud of  how far I have come.  I count the following among my successes. -Students are far more central to class activities than they … Continue reading Beware Ye Smashing Archetypes…

5 Ways to Blow the Top Off of Rubrics

This article was orignally published as a guest post on "Free Technology For Teachers" an incredibly helpful resource run by Richard Byrne.    Do you have a rubric for that? Rubrics, designed to help teachers grade fairly and convey their learning objectives and performance standards to students, can serve a critical role especially with technology-rich projects. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Blow the Top Off of Rubrics

The Textbook is Dead, Long Live the Textbook! What 1:1 is doing to Traditional Classroom Resources.

Yep I said it. The days of the traditional textbook are over.  The moment I brought devices into a classroom the textbook fell from its revered place as a THE respectable source of information and was revealed for what it is, a simplified and incomplete narrative of the past. Teachers need to accept some blame … Continue reading The Textbook is Dead, Long Live the Textbook! What 1:1 is doing to Traditional Classroom Resources.

Voices for Introverts: A 1:1 Success

Being an introvert is not a bad thing.  Recently there is a wave of writing discussing how schools are failing to meet the needs of introverts by creating classrooms that demand that students become extroverts in order to succeed. These are the student who will share a great idea with you privately after class when … Continue reading Voices for Introverts: A 1:1 Success

1:1 Choices Made Simple

You won’t be able to do it all.  You have limited time and therefore you will have to decide what you value.  Identify what you value most and focus your efforts there.    Schools are going to have to choose.  It will not be easy and you better not try to rush the process.  1:1 … Continue reading 1:1 Choices Made Simple

3 Dangerous 1:1 Myths

1.  Digital Natives=Digital Students: “They have grown up with technology and it’s like second nature to them.”    It is true that students use a lot of technology. Many teachers assume that this means that students will instantly feel comfortable using technology in the classroom.  While it may be true of some, it is wrong to … Continue reading 3 Dangerous 1:1 Myths

5 Common 1:1 Teacher Mistakes

Putting Tech Before Content- New tech is exciting.  Students (and teachers) will be focused on the new devices.  It is easy to get sidetracked by the excitement. I spent so much time trying to front load all of the setup, sign up and procedure that I lost something essential to my class.  While they were … Continue reading 5 Common 1:1 Teacher Mistakes