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A few mornings ago, while writing code, I was following from the corner of my eye a TED video, Ze Frank’s “Web Playroom” — a series of strange and poignant stories about people making meaningful connections “… up in that weird, dense (Internet).” I was paying only partial attention until he said,
“And this is it, right?[…] Continue Reading »
The type of learning I love is challenging, immersive, self-discovering and self-empowering. We find ourselves faced with a problem where we must devise a solution that suits us and the situation. At some point in that journey, we will feel frustrated, but eventually we will have that “aha” moment where we think, “Yes! I accomplished this!” We can feel proud of ourselves for employing our higher-order thinking skills and tools such as technology to solve a problem that challenged us and others.[…] Continue Reading »
After spending the better part of last week in staff development sessions for my year-round middle school, I’ve come to a painful realization: Schools — and the parents, practitioners, principals, and policymakers who support them — have a dysfunctional relationship with answers.
“What kinds of patterns can we find in the wrong answers that students gave on the end of grade exams?” we ask at the beginning of every school year.[…] Continue Reading »
When Tom Whitby asked me to share a perspective on the work of a contemporary and effective superintendent, “connected” came to mind immediately. For me, connected means a great deal more than simply being “online.” Such superintendents work hard to figure out how to lead and facilitate today’s learners and learning.
They make connections both face to face and virtually in ways that transcend the hierarchy of school districts as we mostly experience them.[…] Continue Reading »
Three words seem to be dancing around in my head of late when it comes to current thinking about education: “personalization,” “engagement” and “flip.” All three were on display on the vendor floor and in session rooms at last week’s International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego, one of the largest ed tech conferences in the world attended by upward of 18,000 people.[…] Continue Reading »