The digital divide is much wider than you think

The digital divide is much wider than you think

The New York Times recently chronicled how Detroit’s increasing economic recovery has stalled for its most impoverished residents – one in four of the city’s 689,000 have no broadband, leaving those who are part of the city’s 11 percent employment rate struggling to find gainful work due to lack of education, fewer entry level jobs, and sub-par transportation options, increasingly disadvantaged.

It’s better to understand something than to know it

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big picture. Without knowledge, understanding is impossible.

G is for Grounded in Standards: The ABC’s of PBL

G is for Grounded in Standards: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks, Elements, & Compounds of Deeper Learning

Welcome to this seventh post in a series that promotes PBL and 21st Century Learning through the examination of Seven Building Blocks. In this post, I want to emphasize why grounding the standards in PBL is so important. Aligning and emphasizing standards is what makes PBL so effective in providing students real understanding to the…

In a Flipped Learning Environment, Great Visual Content Is Essential

In a Flipped Learning Environment, Great Visual Content Is Essential

We are living in a golden age of visual communication, and not just because of all the video-streaming services and photo-sharing tools we have at our disposal. In education, compelling visual content such as instructional videos, easy-to-understand graphics, and voice-over slideshows have become a major part of traditional, blended, and online learning.

The 6 Drivers of Inquiry-Based Learning

The 6 Drivers of Inquiry-Based Learning – Cooper on Curriculum

Inquiry-based learning can be defined as learning that “starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios – rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge.” In short, we uncover material, as opposed to content coverage and the memorization and regurgitation of facts and knowledge.