Category Archives: Field Trips

Can Computers Help Schools?

Jay Mathews, Washington Post Education Reporter, delves into the topic Can Computers Help Schools? Mr. Mathews immediately shows his lack of background in educational technology or best practice use of technology when states: “School districts have embraced the computer age … Continue reading

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Response to: Is Experimentation Ethical?

Doug Johnson over at The Blue Skunk Blog made me write this post in response to this: Questions that come from the dark side of the force… Why should a teacher be given any more latitude to be “creative” with … Continue reading

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Learning Is Messy – A Modest Beginning

There’s a lot more to do, but at least I finally got some of our “Messy” work archived on our Learning is Messy web site. I have a backlog of video work to add as yet – 4 more geology … Continue reading

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An Important Part of the “New Story”

Let’s face it, one of the biggest obstacles for elementary school teachers to overcome to feel safe teaching and doing much outside of language and math instruction, is the notion that students have to have mastered those subjects to be … Continue reading

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Sticklebacks, Diatomite, and a Whole ‘Lotta’ Learning

At the same time we are working on our trip to Mars (see below) we are making a digital video about stickleback fish fossils. About 35 miles east of Reno is a tiny town called Hazen, Nevada. Hazen is one … Continue reading

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Just Do Reading and Math?

The New York Times reported today that schools have been cutting back on science, social studies, art, PE, and other subjects to push reading and math. Like where have these people been? This is just coming to light? They don’t … Continue reading

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Learning Is Messy

“Messy” learning is: Maybe not being sure where to start or how to start. Trying and failing and trying again. Frustration, focus, idea, arguing, agreeing, experimenting, glue, paint, string, cardboard, scissors, what else could we use? not quite, better, worse, … Continue reading

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Why Field Trips, Technology and Project Based Learning?

Why Field Trips and technology and project based learning? They build schema and experience many of our students don’t have. School mission statements have revolved around developing students that know how to learn or teach themselves for many years. “Students … Continue reading

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