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.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is currently a popular focus for schools because evidence suggests that effective SEL improves academic learning. How can we best teach students skills like self-awareness, self- management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation. Today’s guest is someone who combines her love of reading and knowledge of books provide support to people trying to start conversations about challenging issues. Whether it’s diversity, mindfulness, diversity or dealing with trauma… she has a list for you. ( Though, she also has lists about unicorns and outer space!) Lauren Bercuson shares her work with “Happily Ever Elephants” and how to make children’s reading intentional.
One of my favorite Education Conferences is the IETC- The Illinois Education and Technology Conference. It is a warm, friendly, and connected event that makes me feel close to the attendees and other presenters. I Love this conference because it reminds me what ISTE used to be like before it got so big and impersonal. … Continue reading IETC 2019
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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