February 6, 2013

A Simple but Brilliant Idea

Jared Heidinger is a Science teacher from Lethbridge Alberta. I followed Jared on twitter but he gained my attention when a few months ago I asked if any high school teachers think about joy in their classrooms. Jared humbly offered an idea he uses with his students. Teaching high level science courses in Alberta means his students are subject to provincial testing which relies a fair bit on vocabulary. Jared came up with an interesting way of presenting these to his students and shares the epiphany.  



So Jared's students get introduced to many people and places and at the same time get a unique way of getting a list of vocabulary words. Here are a few of Jared's guests including yours truly:


While this isn't the most transformative use of technology as Jared freely admits, it is in it's own way a brilliant use of the web and video to connect his learners to people and places. Today this is something anyone can do and while most of the global connections I see come from elementary schools, I love seeing High School teachers, who are generally more bound by tradition, schedules and content,  thinking of ways to create moments of connection and joy.  I'd encourage you to take the concept of Jared's idea here and use it for your own purposes.