Online Tools for Teaching Geography

A recent article in The New York Times addresses U.S. shortcomings in geographical knowledge. In the first three paragraphs, questions dealing with earth science and economics are included as geography questions in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). …

Teachers Need Access to Better Tech Training

Disappointed with the state of our educational system, distressed by my inability to maintain an appropriate work/life balance and disheartened by the invasion of standardized testing into curriculum, I left the classroom in September 2011. One might assume that I …

Teaching About Tessellations (With App Suggestions)

I moved bricks the other day. I wanted them handy but out of the way so I restacked them on a conveniently flat stone under trees behind the house. Brick stacking is not rocket science, but if you’re not …

5 Tips and Tools for the Tech Terrified Teacher

I left the classroom in September to pursue my interest in education innovation and technology. It saddens me that I had to leave the classroom to pursue these interests but while I was in the classroom, I found myself overloaded …

Dear EdTech Entrepreneurs…

Dear EdTech Entrepreneurs,

Bringing education into the 21st Century is no easy feat. It depends on collaboration between the major players in the field of educational innovation and technology, and at this time the collaboration is not where it needs …

Thoughts on Classroom Videos and Student Attention

When I subbed in an earth science class the other day, the 10th graders had been assigned a review packet for an upcoming test and a video on hurricanes and tornadoes and the scientists who study them. They worked well …

How to Teach Students About Digital Identity

When I was in the classroom, I worked hard to integrate social learning into the day as often as possible. Many teachers claim that they understand the importance of social learning, and that they teach and practice social skills with …

DisconnectED – The Disconnect between Educational Technology and Educators

Last week I attended the SxSWedu Conference in Austin, TX. I wrote about it all week on EdGeeks.com if you’re interested in checking out inspiration, thoughts, reflections and hopes for 2013.

Today I want to discuss the disconnect between edtech …

New Educational Tools For Teachers, Students, and Administrators

More and more educators are taking advantage of the tremendous new software and web-based tools that have come out. Many of these applications have the potential to streamline their administrative duties and give students greater access to the resources they …

Hearing, Headphones, Health and Safety

A recent study cited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that pedestrian accidents involving headphone use have tripled since 2004. In 116 accidents reported between 2004-2011, about two-thirds of victims were under 30, and more than half were …

Words Are Far More Important Than Word

BYOD rolls on here in the overly-large school district. Now in our second year, the progress is not as fast as the very-impatient me would like but at least the direction is forward, so I remain optimistic. While our middle …

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21st Century is Done

For anyone else who is sick of educational “leaders” mindlessly spouting off about “21st century” something, send a link to this piece from The Huffington Post to all of them. I’m tempted to send just the opening paragraph to our …

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The international school challenge

As readers of this blog know, I get a chance now and then to work with international schools and organizations. These opportunities are probably both the most challenging and the most fun work I do. Over the past few years …

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Another stab at desktops

In his recent post The "Car" Decision Metanoia, February 22, 2013, Ryan Bretag explains how choses the type of automobile he purchases. Thoughtful, but not radical considerations like reliability, safety and mileage factor in. My guess is that the size of …

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Video Games as Learning Tools — Colloquium March 7, 1430 at Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) Psychology Building (PC), Room 102 McMaster University

            I want to invite you to a colloquium March 7, at 1430– Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) at McMaster University Video Games as Learning Tools Brock Dubbels, PhD., G-ScalE Game Development and …

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BFTP: Is there a place for fear mongering?

A weekend Blue Skunk "feature" will be a revision of an old post. I'm calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post February 8, 2008.  Yesterday's keynote speaker at a small tech conference near here was …

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BFTP: Is there a place for fear mongering?

A weekend Blue Skunk "feature" will be a revision of an old post. I'm calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post February 8, 2008.  Yesterday's keynote speaker at a small tech conference near here was …

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Complexities of Paired Texts

When teaching students to approach paired texts, part of the challenge is actually finding paired texts to work with. I have some books from the 80′s with outdated topics and illustrations but finding current, engaging topics can prove both challenging …

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A creativity rubric by Ric Nudell

A Blue Skunk Reader, Ric Nudell, in reaction to last week's post that wondered if creativity was assessable…, wrote: Your posts on this subject are interesting and thought-provoking. As a Digital Media teacher I do try to help students

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Putting Students in Charge

Do yourself a favor and spend 15 minutes of your time to watch this video.* It’s a great example of what high school should look like for most students in this country. Ok, you might think this type of …

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