I love getting into classrooms. Recently, I visited a couple of classrooms that made me think. Both classrooms were in the same building. This was a middle school. One was down the hall and around the corner from the other. Thus, both had a similar student population. Both classrooms had two teachers (i.e.
Greetings and welcome to a post I am certain will allow you to reflect as you continue your professional journey. Please note that I will continue my Technology and Differentiated Instruction series in the next few weeks. While I write all of my own posts….
Anant Agarwal Tan Chorh Chuan Shirley Ann Jackson Mona Mourshed Anant Agarwal Tan Chorh Chuan Shirley Ann Jackson Mona Mourshed How do we best educate the students of tomorrow? What we teach our children – and how we teach them – will impact almost every aspect of society, from the quality of healthcare to industrial output; technological advances to financial services.
The classroom looks drastically different than it did just 20 or 30 years ago. Now, the education industry has never been a stranger to trying out new ways of learning. In fact, the history of distance learning (the ancestor of elearning) comes from the formal education sector.
When I was in the fourth grade, I lived in a small, mostly rural community surrounded by giant rice fields in Arkansas. I spent my summers floating stick boats down the gutter after a thunderstorm or “racing” my Hot Wheels™ cars against each other in the living room.
I recently had the opportunity to Keynote the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network’s Winter Symposium. Penn Literacy Network founder Mort Botel (who was also a former President of the International Reading Association) wrote one of the most influential works in my teaching career, “The Plainer Truths of Teaching/Learning/Assessing Across the Curriculum”; and with his passing this past …
by Terry Heick It could be argued-and probably argued well-that what a student fundamentally needs to know today isn’t much different than what Tom Sawyer or Joan of Arc or Alexander the Great needed to know. Communication. Resourcefulness. Creativity. Persistence. How true this turns out to be depends on how macro you want to get.
Digital citizenship lessons often focus on Internet safety, online predators and cyberbullying. While those conversations are vital, students need always to be aware of what they do online and how their posts, photos and comments can impact them beyond their K-12 years.
While some experts -like disruptive innovation guru Clayton Christensen-believe that new technologies will profoundly transform educational models, others are taking a more skeptical stance, arguing that the advent of radio or television had raised similar speculations. The jury is still out.
It’s an open secret in the education community. As we go about integrating technology into our schools, we are increasing the risk and potential for plagiarism in our tradition-minded classrooms. In fact, a recent PEW research study found that while educators find technology beneficial in teaching writing skills, they feel it has also led to a direct increase in rates of plagiarism and infringement of intellectual property rights.