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
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
"The Power and Promise of Immersive Learning Experiences"
Its been a very busy month with the ICE conference and travel across the country. In the last 8 weeks I racked up about 20,000 miles of travel, worked with about 15 schools and have the great honor to be a guest on the EduTechGuys Podcast. I really enjoyed meeting Dave and Jeff and I … Continue reading EduTechGuys Podcast
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.
I have been working on a project reviewing past writing and in doing so realized that I have not yet written here about the “So We’ve Been Thinking…” Podcast. For the last two months Greg Kulowiec and I have been building a podcast. The ultimate aim of this passion project is to explore discussions around … Continue reading The So We’ve Been Thinking Podcast
Have you ever wondered if the work you do in the classroom has truly prepared your students for the world? I do. A lot. Especially as the pace of change in our world becomes faster and faster. Sometimes keeping up with that change can be hard, but it is important so that education is preparing … Continue reading The Smart Phone Generation is About to Graduate
We do new things exactly because they force us to grow. That is what this post is about. The details of my process aren’t really what matters. What does matter is that I tried something new and was horrible at it, but as a result I learned a lot. If I have to wait until … Continue reading Sometimes I Fail