Category Archives: Student Access

Rethinking School District Social Media Policies for Teachers / Students

I’ve been fortunate enough to teach in a school district that blocks very little – blogs, Twitter, Flickr, wiki’s, YouTube, Cover-It-Live, and more are all open. FaceBook and the obvious porn and other sites are blocked. However in my job … Continue reading

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Unleash the Learning Power of Blogs By Actually Using Them Consistently!

Blogs are an incredible learning tool. But like an exercise bike, having one does not lead to self improvement unless you use it. And using it sporadically is only barely helpful. You have to invest time to get the great … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Change, Education, Literacy, Making Connections With Blogging, Messy Learning, STEM, Student Access, Teacher Access, Technology, Wikis | 8 Comments

Tales Out of School

In my travels I’ve recently heard some interesting, if not disheartening tales. Several teachers I met shared being at a school board meeting where a school board member told about visiting middle and high schools and being appalled at seeing … Continue reading

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Beginning of the Year Classroom Learning Ideas

Over the years I’ve posted about lessons and activities I’ve used successfully to start off the year. Here are some of them in case they help: 1) “Getting To Know You” is how I started my year with my students … Continue reading

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STEM-ing the Tide of Education Reform

NOTE: This post was originally published at the Voices from the learning revolution blog. “Everybody in this room understands that our nation’s success depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation. And that leadership tomorrow … Continue reading

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A “Crushing” STEM Experience

Today was one of those great days when I get to work in classrooms … 3 fourth grade classes … 2 of them in the same school I visited, and 1 class 2,000 miles away. First I helped set up … Continue reading

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RECON – Recruiting citizen scientists to explore the outer solar system!

I’ve been busy of late. This week is the NSTA conference, but last week I was included in a team being trained to be part of a project funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) called RECON - Research and … Continue reading

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Help make sense of this (Updated)

UPDATE 2/12/2013: I’ve had several responses to this post through Twitter and face to face that have used logic to make their point. I totally agree this is nonsense, but I’m looking for written or spoken authority that has clout … … Continue reading

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Trout In The Classroom

Trout in the Classroom from Nevada Department of Wildlife on Vimeo.     One of the more engaging aspects of my job is supporting teachers doing science in their classrooms. Today I helped deliver trout eggs to 2 fourth grade … Continue reading

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“Making Connections With Blogging” Is Published!

Our new book “Making Connections With Blogging” is out. Actually the book has been out for more than a month. The “Making Connections” part of the title is really what is stressed. From the ISTE web site: “Some students find … Continue reading

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