The Life Cycle of Student Work

What is the life cycle of student work in your class? Does it look like this? When was the last time that a student ran into your class eager to go through a pile of student work? It is my fervant belief that important work does not end up in piles. If we want to … Continue reading The Life Cycle of Student Work

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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

This is the 4th part of my 4 part series on "The New Economy of Information"  Perhaps the most important effect of the new economy of information is the need to make sense of information that is around us. “In order to do this, students need to literally create their learning and demonstrate not just what … Continue reading Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

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

Creativity and Learning with iPads (Devices)

I participated in this webinar yesterday on the topic of Creativity. it was great to chat with outstanding Aussie educator Paul Hamilton. My only regret is that I was not able to chat more with the amazing Kiwi educator Richard Wells. Both are innovators and blazing new trails for effective use of iPads in the … Continue reading Creativity and Learning with iPads (Devices)

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

This post was originally published on Edudemic you can click here to view the original. When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured … Continue reading 4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

5 Ways to Blow the Top Off of Rubrics

This article was orignally published as a guest post on "Free Technology For Teachers" an incredibly helpful resource run by Richard Byrne.    Do you have a rubric for that? Rubrics, designed to help teachers grade fairly and convey their learning objectives and performance standards to students, can serve a critical role especially with technology-rich projects. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Blow the Top Off of Rubrics