The Transformation of History Instruction

The Transformation of History Instruction Technology has forever changed the way that History classes are taught. Once, not very long ago, history classes relied upon two key sources of information: the teacher and the textbook. Students read the textbook, and then the teachers shared their vast knowledge, usually through lecture. Research assignments were key, but … Continue reading The Transformation of History Instruction

The Power of Immersive Learning Experiences

"The Power and Promise of Immersive Learning Experiences"

Podcasting in the Classroom

I recently had the chance to sit down with Matt Weld to record an episode of his podcast "Teachers Classroom."   We discussed the rise of podcasts and the potential benefits of podcasting in the classroom.  Thanks for having me Matt.  

“So We’ve Been Thinking…” Live from the ETT Innovation Summit

Greg Kulowiec and I recorded a live episode of the "So We've Been Thinking..." Podcast where we discussed our purpose, process and history.  Presenting live was something we discussed before we recorded our first episode, so the session was a proud accomplishment on many levels.  

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

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

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

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Excerpt: In the past, teachers gave life to learning for generations of students — no different than today. But they were operating in an environment of scarcity that would make today’s teachers cringe (and they do, every time the Internet is down for more than just a short while). As the information available and our ability to … Continue reading Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information