Suspicious Minds

First of all, I’m all for privacy and using your brain as you navigate the digital landscape.  But I’m also for using your brain as you navigate the physical landscape. As Tricia noted in her post last week: This is part of the reason I think the phrase ‘digital citizenship’ is erroneous.  Citizenship is citizenship.Continue reading “Suspicious Minds”

Its Tricky

Its always interesting how things seem to fall into place. My students just recently collected five days worth of evidence of their digital presence as part of a history project. I had not intentionally thought of the opportunity it would present to discuss their digital footprint, I was thinking more primary sources, yet there it was.Continue reading “Its Tricky”

The Final Countdown

I’m excited about the possibilities of this project. It is one that my colleague and I have been discussing, planning and re-working since the beginning of the year. Working in an international school is a fantastic opportunity for many reasons. For me, the most important of these is the place in which we work. Schools areContinue reading “The Final Countdown”

Conscious Evolution

I was quite startled to find similarities in an article about Apple’s attempts to infiltrate the academic world of Duke University and the democratically based educational programs of rural Colombia.  But there they are staring me in the face. These two articles, one assigned reading for COETAlL and one that serendipitously wound up in myContinue reading “Conscious Evolution”

Runnin Down a Dream

I’ve taken a shot at global collaborations a few times and I guess I would call those attempts mildly successful.  I’m still searching for the one that will stick and feel like a complete success.  I really love the idea of students working on projects that defy the traditional brick and mortar confines of schools.Continue reading “Runnin Down a Dream”

A Change Would Do You Good

As I read Mark Pensky’s article Shaping Tech for the Classroom, I nodded along in agreement.  Change is needed and not just doing old things in new ways.  We need to do new things in new ways.  That’s what education should be about learning how things have been done and looking for new and better waysContinue reading “A Change Would Do You Good”

Funny the Way it Is

because, “you know how in school you’re creative, but you’re doing it for a grade so it doesn’t really count?” -from Living With New Media Of everything I read, watched or listened to this week, this quote is what struck me the most.  What is it about school that makes a creative kid feel asContinue reading “Funny the Way it Is”

With a Little Help From My Friends

While I understand the importance of understanding how we learn, if I’m honest, I tend to drift a bit when it comes to reading about learning theories.  I start to understand how my middle school students from across the globe feel as they read about a bunch of white guys in knickers and wigs decidingContinue reading “With a Little Help From My Friends”

The Long Strange Trip to my PLN

I’ve always thought of myself as a tech guy when it comes to the classroom.  I’ve been the guy other teachers looked to for everything from trouble shooting VCRs in the beginning to introducing Google Hangouts.  But I was doing a lot of work on my own searching for resources and learning through trial andContinue reading “The Long Strange Trip to my PLN”