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Against Technology Integration

September 9, 2015
Against Technology Integration

  Technology integration is a noble-sounding aim, but it is a concept that does not go far enough.    Picture technology integration as a ham and cheese sandwich. The ham is the content and the cheese is the technology. The ham and cheese remain two separate things. You can pull them apart and eat them...
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Extending understanding

September 9, 2015
Extending understanding

This is my new home. Or at least, this is the stereotype of my new home.   Truth be told, this is the view out  my kitchen window: Two weeks ago today, I arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I’ve started a new job as a Digital Learning Coach at Dhahran High School....
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DEAR Reader

December 11, 2014
DEAR Reader

Recently I have started to think about reading online. By reading, I don’t mean skimming or scanning. Certainly, when confronted with millions of results on a google search, we have to be able to quickly discern what links will be of value. But once we follow those links, can we stay put, parked on...
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Redefining Reading

November 24, 2014

As I sit down to reflect on COETAIL in general and my final project in particular, I’m having a much easier time thinking about how I tailored the courses and projects to my needs than how I followed the specific instructions students were given. When reviewing the guidelines Kim posted for our projects, I find that...
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Reaching beyond myself

November 24, 2014
Reaching beyond myself

Participating in COETAIL has been a fantastic way to meet educators around the world who share similar interests and passion for redefining education. Although significant portions of the material were review for me, it was always good to be reminded of how revolutionary some of these ideas are. It is easy to forget how new...
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The sport of arithmetic

September 24, 2014

Last October, I wrote a post “Do we need math” that was inspired by Good’s Future Learning Mini Documentary.     This past weekend, my son struggled with math.  Now in lower secondary school, his vague math abilities are finally catching up with him. His assignment entailed dividing decimal numbers. (Cringe in horror.) I had to go quite...
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Anyone notice?

July 14, 2014
Anyone notice?

  Earlier in the year, Gary Turk’s video “Look Up” went viral. In the video, Turk poetically pointed out that our rapt attention to our digital devices instead of one another is killing our relationships. For many it was easy to watch the video and hit “like” (oh, the irony). Jaime Franchi wrote a...
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While teachers and legislatures debate cursive

July 9, 2014
While teachers and legislatures debate cursive

Could you read this? “Constitution of the United States, page 1” by Constitutional Convention. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Teachers and legislatures debate the need to teach cursive, but in what may seem like another universe, researchers of all sorts are developing technology that is already disrupting modern life. Some lament the loss of...
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Course 4 Final Project

May 26, 2014
Course 4 Final Project

Course 4 Final Project The Course 4 Final Project entails examining several ideas for the Course 5 Project. The task is to “re-designing a unit from the ground up to embed technology meaningfully and authentically as a means to enhancing learning.” For each project, I will try to answer the following questions. Why do...
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Science for science’s sake

May 26, 2014
Science for science’s sake

A dialogue you won’t hear: Speaker 1: I don’t believe in science for science’s sake. Speaker 2: Neither do I. I feel like we should stop wasting money on science unless we can demonstrate that it really helps learning and that it’s something our kids need to know in the future. Speaker 1: Yes,...
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