It Takes Two

Sometimes the first idea is a good one, but not the right one.  It turns out my plan for course 5 wasn’t quite on track so here’s a remix. This will be the second year my classes have worked on an oral history project as a service learning and cross-curricular unit.  It went well lastContinue reading “It Takes Two”

Tell Me What You See

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m in the midst of a transition from a classroom teacher to a full time Technology Integration Coach position.  I’m currently splitting my time between the two jobs.  I’m excited about the change, but it poses a challenge for my focus on the course 5 project.  I could go about myContinue reading “Tell Me What You See”

Glory Days

It is interesting to take a few minutes out to reflect on my own use of “devices” in the classroom as I enter a transition period from a classroom teacher to a technology integration coach.  I’ve always been the informal “techie” guy in my schools.  At one point I actually made some fake billing documentsContinue reading “Glory Days”

All Along the Watchtower

I certainly hope that “education as we know it” will have changed in the next decade.  Although it has certainly struggled to do so over the past 100 years.  There is no doubt that technology has played and will continue to play a part in the development of education.  It would be difficult for itContinue reading “All Along the Watchtower”

Question the Answers

Readings for this week were interesting and I’ll offer some brief thoughts before I get to my learning protein. I’m not a fan of the flipped classroom approach.  I think work at home of any sort is a challenge as there are innumerable variables that students face.  I prefer to keep as much work in class asContinue reading “Question the Answers”

Chalk Dust Torture

I think of my humanities class as basically a project based course. I rarely give paper and pencil tests.  Partly because I hated taking them when I was a student, partly because I hate grading them as a teacher and partly because I just believe there are better ways to demonstrate understanding. Even the GoogleContinue reading “Chalk Dust Torture”

Catch A Fire

I stopped reading to start my post when I hit the following quote from the Edutopia article What is Successful Technology Integration. Willingness to embrace change is also a major requirement for successful technology integration. Nailed it. There’s no place for complacency when it comes to technology in schools.  If there was we’d still be usingContinue reading “Catch A Fire”

Shout it Out Loud: Course 3 Final Project

First of all, I spent way too much time on this assignment. But that’s ok, because I really dig this kind of stuff. I had a good time working through my design, redesigning, scratching it and starting over and finally coming up with a finalish product. I’m pretty sure I’ll tweak this more in theContinue reading “Shout it Out Loud: Course 3 Final Project”

Show me a sign

Infographics.  Why don’t I remember to use them more in my classes?  When I’ve used them in the past, students have absolutely loved them.  I’ve even taken a shot or two at having students create their own.  From that experience I learned that it takes a good bit of explaining and patience.  I might getContinue reading “Show me a sign”