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 …

Teaching Physics with a Computer

Remember playing with blocks and discovering how important an adequate base was for a tower or wall and how far you could extend a cantilever before it collapsed? A recent article in the New York Times questions early childhood education …

Top 5 Tech Gadgets to Support Learning at Home and in School

Integrating technology into learning is not something that comes naturally for many of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Great parents and great teachers have a lot in common, perhaps most importantly, their passion for supporting growth among …

Let’s Teach Our Kids to Be Net Savvy

Back-to-school season is in full gear and students and teachers have settled into their routines for the year.  What does that mean for me?  Well, on a daily basis I manage an Internet safety program focused on giving educators, parents …

Educational Videos and YouTube Teachers

One year when my social studies students were studying the Middle Ages, I showed sections of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V to give them an idea of what medieval warfare was like. I used a videotape. My video sources were a …

To Tech, Or Not To Tech

I took a semester course on the French Revolution at college. The professor was from West Virginia and lay in wait behind his country roots and accent as did Sam Irvin when he characterized himself a simple country lawyer. Woe …

Creating Global Learners: Projects and Resources That Knock Down Classroom Walls

With the technology we have today, a one-room classroom should no longer exist! All of our students are capable of being or becoming global learners.  We have the ability, using any, or all, of the Web 2.0 tools available, to …

“Why Run, When You Can , Jog the Web?”

“Why Run, When You Can, Jog the Web”

Get it?   Usually you run around the web looking for websites. With Jog the Web, you bundle what you want in one place and “jog” from site to site, well, sort of. …

Want to Help Students? Get Connected.

There is a group of educators out there that is working tirelessly to spread the word about technology integration. This group, of which I consider myself a member, believes that using educational technology tools in the classroom helps students in …

Embracing Technology in the Classroom

As a child of the 60’s, I grew up without a cell phone, the Internet, an Ipad, digital cameras, Twitter, computers, flip cameras, Facebook, I could go on and on. But as a 21st century teacher, I have embraced the …

BFTP: Technicians – the unsung heroes

We have a "tech" meeting in our district every other Friday morning for 60-90 minutes. Both building and district level technicians attend. The agenda is usually a combination of updates, problems encountered, solutions found, short training sessions, and healthy doses …

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When outcome becomes more important than process

... this generation of highly accomplished, college-bound students have been robbed of their independence because they have been raised in a petri dish for one purpose only: to attend an elite college that ensures their and their families' economic and …

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Bill’s History Class is Not New

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class… Anyway, that’s the headline and, considering that Gates already thinks he knows how to fix American education, it’s not a big stretch for him to replace the traditional high school history curriculum.…

Assorted Stuff

Where’s Your Refrigerator?

A couple of years ago, when I was doing some regular work for an area art museum, my daughter, Ani, asked me if, on our next trip to visit the museum, it’d be okay if we took along some of …

Bud the Teacher

Hibernating + Open Thread

A reader via email: Blog monster hungry. Feed me. I’m not big on the retroactively “sorry I haven’t been blogging” posts. I’d rather proactively explain why I’m not going to be around here for the next several months. It isn’t…

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The network corrections

(doesn’t make cloud pun) At the Open University we get a ‘study leave’ allowance every year, which was meant to replace the traditional summer breaks enjoyed by academics at campus universities. I try to take mine in December and January …

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Be kind

  What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.                                           George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates I would agree with Scott McLeod that one of the best posts I've read for a long time is Give the kid …

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Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)

The problem with education reform is that we keep attempting to change surface level systems and hoping for deep systemic change as a result. What we actually end up with is new standards, new curricula (usually replacing one one-size-fits-all with …

iLearn Technology

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 1

When Tom Whitby and I set out to write The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning… we wanted to provide a manual for any educator who had a desire to improve their practice, as many have already done, by utilizing

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

My endorsement policy – just a reminder

On any normal day, I probably get 3 or 4 emails asking if I would be interested in a study, a product, or a service and (usually not explicitly) would I please write about this stuff on my blog. Would …

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