Category Archives: Change

STEM: Cantilever Spans

              Background on Cantilever Spans (click on any photos in post to see enlarged) We participated in a school’s Family STEM/Science Night recently, which always ends up being a kick. Having families participate together and … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Change, Education, Inclusion, Messy Learning, Project Based, Reform, STEM, Student Access, Teacher Access, Technology | 19 Comments

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

Sharing Real-World Projects Sharpens the Literacy Skills of Connected Students

I have a new post up over at the Powerful Learning Practice Blog entitled: Sharing Real-World Projects Sharpens the Literacy Skills of Connected Students. Head over and give it a read … and comment as well. I’ve been making the … Continue reading

Posted in Change, Education, Literacy, Messy Learning, STEM | 2 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

Posted in Change, Education, Student Access, Teacher Access, Technology | 1 Comment

HackEd ISTE 2013

  Just spent the day at what used to be called EduBloggerCon (and a few other iterations over the years). As always great folks having conversations about where education could / should be going. Now I’m actually sitting in the … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Change, Education, ISTE13 | 4 Comments

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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STEM Education – What Could/Should That Look Like?

As I started my new job as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) facilitator for six counties in northern Nevada not long ago, one of my first self assigned tasks has been to clarify just what being a  STEM school … Continue reading

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Well Said

(UPDATE: 4/24/2012 – see the update below-) Mary Broderick, President of the National School Boards Association, wrote a heartfelt letter to President Obama about the sorry state of education in the US after years of “reform.” I especially appreciated points … Continue reading

Posted in Change, Education, Reform | 8 Comments

Leaving Their Mark – Redux, Redux

This is a first I think, a second repost of a post on my blog. I’m doing so because of my appearance on NBC’s Education Nation Teacher Townhall. I talked about things my students have done and an innovative pedagogy, … Continue reading

Posted in 1:1, Blogging, Brian Crosby, Change, Cooperative Learning, Education, Field Trips, Grace Corrigan, Inclusion, Literacy, Podcast, Project Based, Reform, Skypecast, Student Access, Teacher Access, Technology, Video Skype, Web 2.0 | 10 Comments