Technology is Hope

Oct 05

Over the past several years we’ve seen technology referenced in many ways. Technology is changing how our brains work Technology is disruptive Technology is an amplifier Technology is just a tool Technology is transforming education Technology isn’t making a difference in schools Depending on the day and the context I could probably argue both sides of...

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Put the Laptops Away

Sep 10

Put the Laptops Away

Part of what makes me pay attention to an article like this is that it’s written by someone whom I respect. Clay Shirky talks about something fairly radical for a person who is generally seen as an advocate for social media and technology. ┬áHe admits a complete change in mindset on the use of laptops of his class. I have been teaching classes about the...

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And What Do You Mean By…

Aug 15

And What Do You Mean By…

People listen to leaders. Whether we’re talking about true leaders or people considered leaders because of status or authority, their words impact culture. Over the last several years of the “reform” movement, words like “accountability” “data driven” “student achievement” “rigorous curriculum” and...

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My Personal Assessment

Aug 12

I’m a huge proponent of self assessment and it’s also important that I model that. With that, here is my assessment of my second section of teaching EDIM 516 at Wilkes University. While I certainly improved from my first effort in spring, I still have lots to learn. I try to communicate that often with my students and encourage their feedback. I’m...

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What’s With All the Jumping?

Aug 05

What’s With All the Jumping?

Those that follow me on twitter, instagram or have heard me speak, might know about my jumping photos. Today someone asked me about its origins. As a family we were about to take a family vacation about 8 years ago. My wife had read an article online about adding some pizazz to your family photos. So we decided to give it a try and it quickly became a family...

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Winning Isn’t That Great and Losing Isn’t That Bad

Jul 24

Thanks to Chris Layton for inspiring this post. We had a lovely conversation at #DENSI2014 and this is my reflection from that discussion. The conversations and ideas around these ideas and their role in society can make your head spin. They range from: “Awards for students are harmful” “Learning is not a competition” “There are no...

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Encouraging Ownership

Jul 16

Encouraging Ownership

After every course I teach I receive an evaluation from my students. Typically 80% or higher provide with highly positive feedback. 10% are indifferent and 10% are less than satisfied. Most of the dissatisfaction revolves around lack of structure and and timelines. This is partly my personal flaws and partly student preference and partly a communication failure. I...

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