One day long ago, after the AP exam had finally arrived, I assigned a research paper to my classes. One "4.0 student" didn't hand it in and got a poor grade for submitting a very late, poorly researched, rush job. How could this be? I realized that my course largely consisted of sit down tests … Continue reading “Aha!” moments, baby steps, and Tomorrow’s Lesson Plan
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker My rating: 4 of 5 stars Blended provides an excellent overview of what is being done today to blend online and face-to-face (F2F) learning in U.S. schools, both private and public. While Horn and Staker admit that their categories — Rotation, Flex, … Continue reading Review: Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools
The stances we take as teachers can lead to ongoing growth in our practice — or frustrations and even failure. Getting past perfect in our stance toward technology integration is key.
Twenty five years. That's how long I've been teaching. And I barely hand out any paper at all these days. And I know quite a few other teachers are in the same place. But it didn't happen all at once. OK, it didn't really take 25 years. But I wouldn't recommend trying to go paperless in … Continue reading How I Went from Handouts to Online in just 25 Years
Ditch that Textbook is an excellent read for teachers at any level with any amount of experience. Matt Miller has many good tips and suggestions, and his philosophical insights provide useful adjustments to "old school" methods, as well as for newbies who hope to emulate that incredible university lecturer from junior year. Miller's major focus … Continue reading Ditch that Textbook!
You'd have to be living under a rock to not know that Horace Greeley High School has adopted Canvas, as its new Learning Management System (or LMS). What's an LMS? Glad you asked! An LMS is a digital platform that helps instructors organize all of their materials, share and provide access to these. It's also … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons to Use Canvas, Greeley’s New LMS, Now!
The use of technology in education must be tempered by appropriate learning goals.