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?
Premise: Incorporate Presentation Zen ideas into a Presentation Makeover Recipient: This is the presentation that Tabitha Johnson (@tabletj) and I gave at Seoul International School’s Mini-EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) We were selected to submit this presentation to the EARCOS Teachers’ Conference for consideration and were lucky enough to be accepted. As Tabitha… Continue reading preZENtation
What I saw This video by Kirby Ferguson made me think about how remixing is such an amazing level of creation that is now at our fingertips due to the internet and other digital tools. Ferguson points out that creation comes from three steps: copy transform combine What I Thought I also thought about what the… Continue reading Remix: A Grey Zone of Creation
I love looking at infographics. I think the use of images, color to display information is art. It’s often aesthetically pleasing to me and my first reactions upon encountering one is, “Cool!” Like this one, aside from good information, I like how it looks. I love reading infographics. I love studying them in magazines, and… Continue reading Nope, Never Considered It: Thoughts on Infographics
Can – Pictures – Be – Worth – 1000 – Words – ? No. I started a messing around on the internet after reading about how pictures coupled with words is an extremely powerful tool. I reflected on how I use images in my classroom, and what I thought of were my visual aids, anchor… Continue reading A Picture is Worth a (1000) Word(s)