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

Navigating the First Year in a 1:1 Classroom

This week I was honored to be a Featured Speaker at The EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA in Atlanta.  I presented a session called "Navigating the 1st Year in a 1:1 Classroom". I have had many requests for my presentation so I will make it available here. My goal was to help teachers to envision their … Continue reading Navigating the First Year in a 1:1 Classroom

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 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1

Identity Crisis- You will become a student too. The moment you have devices in your classroom, you are no longer THE resource for answers in the classroom. Students will be finding sources with much greater insight on your subject area than you can offer.  I (as a history teacher) was presented with ideas and facts … Continue reading 5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1

Change Can Be Scary: Who Does the Connected Classroom Leave Behind and How Can We Help Them?

I am 12 or so weeks into having iPads in the classroom, and each week, new revelations occur.  An area of focus this week has been answering this question: “What type of student will thrive in the 1:1 classroom and what type of student will struggle?” The obvious follow up to that question is then … Continue reading Change Can Be Scary: Who Does the Connected Classroom Leave Behind and How Can We Help Them?

Using Real Time Data to Improve Student Learning

Anyone who is involved in education know that there is an increasing emphasis on accountability and data.  More and more evaluation documents require both teachers and schools to show definitively and tangibly that the students have met learning goals.Yet for the classroom teacher this isn’t anything new.  What teacher isn’t taking steps to find and … Continue reading Using Real Time Data to Improve Student Learning

Starting a Conversation About 1:1

The one to one pilot for my district has been approved.  Now I have just 4 months to jump into a classroom where every student will have an iPad.  I am really excited to start turning my general knowledge of 1:1 learning into a real classroom model.  I am finding that what I like the … Continue reading Starting a Conversation About 1:1