Category Archives: Education

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

Posted in Change, Cooperative Learning, Education, Inclusion, Messy Learning, Project Based | 6 Comments

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 | 9 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

Constructive Learning Is …

7 Years ago Doug Noon, an elementary teacher in Alaska, who some will remember for his fantastic blog “Borderland,” which unfortunately he decided to end awhile back, challenged his readers to write their own blog posts about what constructive learning … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Inclusion, Messy Learning, Project Based | 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

Who Gets Noticed? Telling? Or Not So Much? You Decide

A few weeks ago I noted to a local education reporter here that their Twitter follows included basically zero (or only VERY few) educators – almost all politicians and other media people and  neo-reformers (Rhee, Broad, Students First, etc.). To … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Reform, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Blogging, Brian Crosby, Education, Literacy, Making Connections With Blogging, Student Access | 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

A Professional Learning Community/Network Example

Or: “Why many educators find Twitter and other social networks indispensable.” I’m currently attending the NSTA STEM Forum and Expo in St. Louis. Last night while taking a class on using telescopes in the classroom,  not far from my house … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Messy Learning, STEM, Teacher Access, Twitter | 4 Comments