So my COETAIL experience is getting close to the end, and my final project for the fourth course is to think of a unit or something that would fit into the redefinition category in the SAMR model. I had no idea where to start, so I decided to look back at the most salient ideas… Continue reading Looking Back to Move Forward (Course 4 Final Project)
iPads are the enemy. That’s what some parents believe. Bringing a 1-to-1 iPad program into the elementary school is out of the question. Looking at their family structure where some adult members are glued to their iPads or smart phones, playing games have led them to think that they’ve had enough. iPads or smart phones… Continue reading Digital Work Time vs Digital Play Time
Imagine a traditional classroom where students are sitting in rows. Did you imagine something like this? This is the first image hit for searching “rows of students” on Google. Now Education has moved on beyond this. Students sit in groups now. Imagine that image. Here’s what Google came up with after searching “group work.” Now,… Continue reading Where Does Elementary Fit In?
I hate stickers. I don’t like using them to reward a student for high achievement. I don’t’ like using them to reward good behavior. When I was in elementary school, I remember getting stickers for all of those things and I don’t remember what I had accomplished to get them. Going to school and doing… Continue reading I Hate Stickers: Gaming and Education
We throw around acronyms in education. As educators, we must either really like them or really like to name things with long words (sometimes). We use acronyms like UbD, PBA, SAT, SAMR, TPACK, IEP just to name a few. Deciphering all these different acronyms and keeping up with them can be a mind boggling task… Continue reading Deciphering PPCBL
This post is the second part to this post. Through my COETAIL course, I was introduced to the SAMR and TPACK frameworks of Technology Integration. SAMR SAMR is a framework developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura which looks at the use of technology on a spectrum of enhancement to transformation. This aligned most closely to my… Continue reading Going Beyond an… Onion? Part 2
I’ve had a binary view of Technology introduction. I was introduced to this way of thinking through the Ed Techs at The School at Columbia University. (@fpgina, @KarenBlumberg, and @DylanMRyder). When we discussed how teachers integrated technology, we talked about 2 ideas: Layering and Meaningful / Purposeful Integration. Layering I came to understand layering as… Continue reading Going Beyond an… Onion?