Tech integration won’t make teaching easier. It just makes it easier for students to do amazing things.
This is a cropping ruler: It’s pretty low tech. If you’ve ever done any work with photo editing, you may be more familiar with it in this form: When I started advising yearbooks in 2002, my staff had to measure and crop each of their photos by using an old fashioned cropping ruler and a [...]
Quality teaching and learning is about creating meaningful connections. In a peak learning experience, students connect to themselves, their peers, teachers, experts, and artifacts. Those connections can lead to impressive results and immeasurable ripples of student learning. A single connection, made possible by combining free technology with the work of one remarkable student, completely changed [...]
YouTube is a great resource for bringing the real world into your classroom and having students publish and share their work. However, many teachers are hesitant to visit YouTube with classes because comments displayed under videos and the related videos that display on the side of the screen can be unpredictable and distracting at best [...]
Design – whether it’s artistic design, designing solutions to problems, or designing interactions – will be increasingly important mindset for my students. Thinking of this new reality, I wanted to play with the concept of creating a personal brand or logo with my students as a community building activity.
“The ability to ask the right question is the single most important skill.” -Clay Parker CEO of BOC Edwards Chemical Engineering In a tremendous talk on the purpose of education, Noam Chomsky explains that, “The highest goal in life is to inquire and to create; to search the riches of the past and try to [...]
The Hunger Games is actually a pretty fitting metaphor for high stakes standardized testing. Granted, there’s a big difference between testing and blood sport, but the similarities start becoming to eerie to ignore.
After getting the opportunity to talk with a group of student-teachers who are just a month away from graduation, a few of their questions stuck with me:
“How do I approach a teacher in my same subject area or grade level if I want to try something new?”
“How do I let a teacher know that they’re doing something that seems like it’s not right for students?”
“How do I motivate an experienced teacher to make even a small change that will help students?”
How would you answer these questions?