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"
Digital Learning Magazine recently reached out and asked me to write an article specifically designed for teachers who do not use or are not aware of the power that social media can have in the classroom. As I wrote it was amazing to think that I first started using Twitter almost a decade ago. It's … Continue reading Getting Started with Social Media in the Classroom
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.
I recently complete my updated Google Certified Trainer application for 2018. As part of the process you are required to submit a video that shares a bit of your personal philosophy and how you use a particular Google tool. The philosophy part is easy. I believe technology gives a voice to the voiceless and a … Continue reading Google Trainer Video 2018
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.
These ideas are in line with our societal belief in the worth and value of the individual. Yet at the same time individualized learning and Personalized Learning programs certainly raise the question of how we will create shared community values in these personalized programs.
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
Choosing the tools that you use in a classroom is an important part of building the environment you hope to create. Just as teachers arrange desks and invest time in bulletin boards to create physical spaces, tech tools contribute to the digital space of a classroom. My first principal once told me that you can … Continue reading Building Your Classroom Campfire