The Digital Divide: Live With It

Jan 29

The Digital Divide: Live With It

The term “digital divide” is often used to describe the inequity in regards to access and ability with technology. It’s a thing for sure. What I’m talking about here is the divide that digital brings in relation to our existing model of education. For years I’ve been hearing districts talk about “closing the achievement gap”....

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Student Achievement Is Not The Same As Learning

Oct 21

Student Achievement Is Not The Same As Learning

I never liked the term student achievement. I haven’ always able to articulate it just as I wasn’t always able to articulate why I hated SMART goals. The focus on achievement can easily turn learning from something natural and enjoyable to something stressful and forced. I suppose it’s because both these terms focus measurement and measuring...

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Professional Development is Not That Complicated

Jun 21

Professional Development is Not That Complicated

As a follow up to my previous post on learning, I’ll add this one to the list of things we’ve made more complicated than it ought to be. In a sense it’s much the same as Professional Development is obviously learning too but perhaps needs to have a little more light shed on it. I was thinking back about 10 years. I attended a three day workshop with...

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Learning Is Not That Complicated

Jun 05

Learning Is Not That Complicated

About 4 years ago, Gary Stager gifted me a book. A wonderful book by Frank Smith: “The Book of Learning and Forgetting“. I read most of it but set it aside until I recently saw it on my night stand and decided to tackle it again. (Yes, ironically I forgot much of it) I’m not going to do a review of the book but let’s just say it reinforces...

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If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

Apr 27

If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

For many teachers, grading and assessment are the duties of teaching most would rather avoid. I get it. For many these things get it the way of learning in that they are contrived , mandated, artificial and time consuming. My personal evolution with assessment is well documented here but as I continue to tweak my workflow and process have to come see this has a...

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Evernote as an Assessment Tool

Feb 15

I wanted to share how I’ve been using Evernote as an Assessment Tool. I used Explain Everything on the iPad to create this video. I apologize the audio is not great, not sure how to improve this as I tried yelling, and using a headphone mic. I’ll be sharing more about how I do the self assessments although I’ve written about it here but I do love...

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