The So We’ve Been Thinking Podcast

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

The Smart Phone Generation is About to Graduate

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

Building Your Classroom Campfire

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

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

This article originally appeared on Mindshift/KQED. "And it’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. Teachers need to create the dynamic that transforms individual moments into a broader experience where the class benefits from the complete range of learning that has taken place."  … Continue reading Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Creating and iPads… Combining the Physical & Digital to Create Multimedia Content

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmYY-lbA2kg#t=105 Today I participated in an EdTechTeacher webinar on how classes can benefit by using iPads to combine the digital and the physical. There is a temptation to go ALL digital when devices arrive in your classroom. In reality the power of the devices is that they can capture digital and real world content together. … Continue reading Creating and iPads… Combining the Physical & Digital to Create Multimedia Content

Why It’s Time To Change How Students Cite Their Work

This article was originally posted on Edudemic on February 20th, 2014.  See the original post here. When students write a paper, it goes without saying that they must cite the sources that they use in creating it. For generations, students have created note cards to document and organize these resources and/or submitted a bibliography page … Continue reading Why It’s Time To Change How Students Cite Their Work

5 Demands Placed on Students in a 1:1

1. Manage the Technology: In addition to learning and completing assignments students have an array or responsibilities simply in managing the device.  The device needs to be charged, apps and programs need to be updated so that they continue to function correctly. At first students and perhaps parents may scoff at the idea that these … Continue reading 5 Demands Placed on Students in a 1:1

Creating a Connected Classroom #CEM13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ_uT48z9nU&feature=share During October I participated in a series of Connected Educator Events. This one focused on the idea of the connected classroom and how students can benefit when learning is extended beyond the classroom walls.

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

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.