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

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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

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

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)

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

5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1

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

Why? An Analogy for Tech in Education

It would be an understatement to say that I have been obsessing about technology lately.  While that has been true in general for the last few years, it has been more so since I left #edcampss. My friend and PLN collaborator Greg Kulowiec  ( http://www.kulowiectech.blogspot.com/ ) posed the question "Why are we trying to go 1:1 in … Continue reading Why? An Analogy for Tech in Education