learning + technology + innovation

Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!  Reporter, Jessica Contrara, published in the Washington Post’s Style Blog: This month, painter and…

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The roars of approval as we revert back to what we’ve always done

The roars of approval as we revert back to what we’ve always done

George Couros said: Sometimes when the statement is made, “it is not about technology, it is about pedagogy”, you then hear the roars of approval, and off we go on our merry way with nothing changing for many students. In reality sometimes it is about…

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(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

A few months ago while traveling for work, I heard a morning weatherman rationalize why he did not have @instagram. Of course, I tweeted. The weatherman is just misinformed or uninformed. His enlightenment comes from all of us revealing the benefits of connection. Valued member…

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As I Lay Dying/End of Year Classroom Packing

As I Lay Dying/End of Year Classroom Packing

Almost two decades have passed since I read Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. As I considered the end of the year traditional classroom routine this evening, the reading came to mind. As I Lay Dying is more complex and involved than I will explain…a woman…

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That’s not a given

That’s not a given

I loved hearing Will Richardson say at the Iowa Association of School Boards conference last November that ‘curriculum is a strategy.’ Because he’s right. Standards are a strategy. Bell schedules are a strategy. Bubble-sheet testing of low-level recall is a strategy. School calendars, grade levels, siloed…

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What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

A month ago I was approached by a middle school principal who was interested in having a philosophical conversation with her staff about transformational ideas for changing teaching and learning.  She started with a few what ifs and asked me if I could find or…

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The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace….

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The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

What a backwards bicycle can teach us about learning… Fascinating. Hat tip: Will Richardson [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Failing on an Island

Failing on an Island

Failure in education is a pretty common topic. Whether it’s a negative connotation: failing schools, failing kids, or a positive connotation: First Attempt In Learning, failing forward, it’s hard to go a day without the topic coming up. I want to bring you another facet…

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#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that semester/trimester tests are preparing students for college exams. that students’ homework is not complete and of poor quality because students are lazy or don’t understand the concept. that the best way for students to…

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Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Tagged by my dear friend, Shaelynn Farnsworth, who was tagged by Beth Still, who took Scott McLeod’s challenge, which asked educators to create a top 5 list of things to “Stop Pretending” (in education) I offer my response: 1. Choosing the one right answer equals understanding. 2….

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Challenge: 4 Variations of the Same #nationalpoetrymonth

Challenge: 4 Variations of the Same #nationalpoetrymonth

Processing through poetry provides insight. Poetry breaks rules. My thoughts can run into one another as people do in a crowded shopping center. My sentences can really be phrases joined by dashes and what ifs and conjunctions and semicolons and…Words are not confined by subject…

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Classroom…

Classroom…

  classroom by eolsonteacher on Polyvore

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My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

Last week, I was fortunate to be one of the speakers at Newell-Fonda’s annual event: My Future, My Career Responsibility. Educators, Mrs. Nieland (@nieland10) and Mrs. Carlson (@glccac97) created the day to be “more than a typical career day or college fair…to discover information and…

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Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Last week I wrote a post on my own blog about what it means to live your legacy. After publishing the initial post, I decided to go out and find students who are doing just that. So for my first interview, I’d love for you…

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The Enemy of Excellence in Education

The Enemy of Excellence in Education

Back in January John O’Sullivan wrote a post called “The Enemy of Excellence in Youth Sports” – and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. The number of quotes I want to share from his post would be borderline plagiarism, so please, PLEASE, go read the post….

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What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

Too often a misunderstanding or a fear breeds an untruth. Too often all that is sensational sells as gold when really it is nothing more than a cheaply painted metal ring about to leave its green mark on our finger. It is easy to accept…

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Suppressed

Suppressed

How many of us have students like this in our classrooms? …but in our classrooms student excitement, creativity, engagement, deeper thinking, and joy are suppressed by classroom structures such as: teaching to the test, using cookbook science activities, allowing suppressive schedules limiting divergent thinking. All…

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VOXER for capturing the learning process

VOXER for capturing the learning process

If we’ve chatted recently, you probably know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Voxer. In fact, I even find myself getting annoyed with people that I have to send text messages to, because I’d much rather just Vox them. If you are unfamiliar with Voxer,…

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Who will tell your story?

Who will tell your story?

Each week I get the opportunity to work with children as they try to make a difference in the world. Each week I get to experience amazing stories, first hand. In Laura Seiser’s 2nd grade class students are working on writing and illustrating their “dreams for the…

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