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  • Against Technology Integration
  • Extending understanding
  • Rewordify
  •   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...

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  • 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...

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  • Collaborative Google Doc Notes for this Session   Transmedia storytelling for earcos pdf from Robin Montgomery Loading…

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  • Do you ever have your students use an electronic resource that has written vocabulary that is a bit too challenging? Rewordify.com is a website that simplifies English so readers can understand more. You can paste text into a box on the rewordify website to simplify it, or you can put a...

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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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Still not doing this right

May 27, 2014
Still not doing this right

I don’t think I’m crediting Creative Commons photos correctly yet. I’m going to embed this convenient infographic  from Fotor here to help when I next need a photo. And I’ve noticed that when I copy the embed code, it automatically has the required attribution. Love it! How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter
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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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Down on the digital farm

May 16, 2014
Down on the digital farm

In my last post, I wrote about a school in Indiana that was raising cows for slaughter to supply beef to the cafeteria. The “Where’s the Beef?” program allows students to learn animal sciences while providing a tangible (and edible) resource for the school. If you should think that raising cows as part of...
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Nathan Williamson, Pioneering Teacher & Cow Farmer

May 16, 2014
Nathan Williamson, Pioneering Teacher & Cow Farmer

Have you heard of Nathan Williamson? A pioneering teacher and pedagogical hero, lauded in such diverse publications as Hay and Forage Grower and The New York Times, Mr. Williamson is the agriculture teacher behind the groundbreaking idea for Hagerstown High School’s “Where’s the Beef?” program that puts the lives of cows in the hands of high...
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If we are afraid of wearing technology

May 8, 2014
If we are afraid of wearing technology

One of my main projects this year has been to roll-out iPads in our elementary school. It’s been a very rewarding learning experience for me and many of our staff and students. As with all change, there is some resistance. People are comfortable with the way things are. Placing expensive devices that only have...
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Playing TPACK in my basement in 1979

April 22, 2014
Playing TPACK in my basement in 1979

According to figures published in USA Today in June 2013, “More than a third of recent marriages in the USA started online.” When I was in grade school, every year we seemed to practice writing the friendly letter (why didn’t we ever practice writing the letter of complaint?) When my sister was in sixth grade, like most...
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Enhanced Sketchnotes for KORCOS 2014

March 14, 2014

Thanks for coming to my KORCOS presentation. Please complete the evaluation here. Because this session is part of the ADE track, you do not need to complete the official KORCOS form for this session. Apps and Web Tools Paper by 53 Drawing app. App is free, but full set of brushes cost extra. Doodle...
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