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
I have dedicated a fair amount of my life to redefining the experience in my classroom over the past 3 years. I still have a lot to do but I am proud of how far I have come. I count the following among my successes. -Students are far more central to class activities than they … Continue reading Beware Ye Smashing Archetypes…
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
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
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
Putting Tech Before Content- New tech is exciting. Students (and teachers) will be focused on the new devices. It is easy to get sidetracked by the excitement. I spent so much time trying to front load all of the setup, sign up and procedure that I lost something essential to my class. While they were … Continue reading 5 Common 1:1 Teacher Mistakes
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
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?