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

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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

MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms

"If educational technology and 1:1 education are going to thrive, school leaders must be focused on constantly employing the best practices and tools in relation to the most pressing needs of their students. Managing and sustaining these programs means that the big choices don’t stop after a platform has been selected. Getting devices in the … Continue reading MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms

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)

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

The Promise of 1:1 Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyIrFmDvZj0 This, the 3rd webinar of the last month focuses on the broader concept of what 1:1 learning can produce. It goes on to discuss the effects of transitioning to 1:1 and finishes with a discussion of the future of 1:1 learning.

The 1:1 Connected Classroom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1ZJuvPVyUYThe 4th in the EdTechTeacher series of webinars in celebration of Connected Educator Month (#CE13). These installment discusses the 1:1 connected classroom. It was great to work with Don and Carl who each have a great understanding of both the costs and rewards of going 1:1.

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

Takeaways From the iPad Summit

1.  If you want to be successful you have to accept and share your failures.  You simply will not get it right the first time.  If you can’t admit errors and talk about them with others you might never put all of the pieces together correctly.  The idea that “failure is mandatory for success” is … Continue reading Takeaways From the iPad Summit

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