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 …

Reminders For School Leaders-#LeadershipDay14

Today is Leadership Day 2014. Started by Scott McLeod, the day encourages all of us to blog about leadership and leading change in schools. This is my 6th year I've contributed to the day. By the end there will be …

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Developing The Question: Needs Improvement!

This is a series about “developing the question” in math class. I’m proud of Graphing Stories. That was the first math lesson that drew in any serious way on my video editing hobby. That was the first …

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Technology in adult meetings

  The use of technology in staff meetings and other gatherings of adults automatically seems to be viewed as a negative. When e-mail and other "distractions" are available, won't staff members, like kids, be distracted by default? I would argue …

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Quote of the day

I’m on holiday at the moment, in a cabin by Loch Ness with my daughter. Being a teenager she rarely sees pre-noon so this gives me the morning to have a run, and also to finish off my book edits. …

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Developing The Question: Good Work!

This is a series about “developing the question” in math class. Curmudgeon has taught math and science for thirty years and runs the Math Arguments 180 blog, an indispensable source of interesting prompts and questions. Here are …

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What programs reside on your hard drive?

Gartner on Monday said that sales of Chromebooks will reach 5.2 million units worldwide this year, with more than 80% of the demand in the U.S. That's an 80% increase in sales from 2013. But this demand was driven almost …

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Developing The Question & Why Students Don’t Like Math

In his book Why Students Don’t Like School, Daniel Willingham writes: One way to view schoolwork is as a series of answers. We want students to know Boyle’s law, or three causes of the U.S. Civil War, or why …

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Managing Learning and Assessment in a Connected Learning Environment

Earlier this evening, I participated in a wonderful closing discussion as part of the sixth and final webinar in KQED’s TeachDoNow series. The archived video as well as a summary of my tweets with links from the conversation are below. …

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Fostering Creativity In The Learning Process

Several months ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning. We debated back and forth about what creativity looked like and could you really teach creativity. All this stemmed from a comment I made about …

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A little steamed about STEM

  Is it just me or does questioning the motives of educational "reformers" just sort of come naturally? The big push to get more kids pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) always seemed somewhat dubious to me. …

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