"While I did enjoy David Burgess’ Teach Like a Pirate, and the hangout that she shared with us, I’ll admit… it made me kind of sad. Not because of the content itself! But because of the hard memories it brought up. I used to teach creatively and encourage innovation in my classroom like that. When I graduated college, I was chock full of ideas and adored hands-on learning. But my communication skills was parents was very weak and my administrator was a frustrated man who decided his best way of control was micromanaging. It’s a bit of a long story, but the end result is I was knocked down to stop being creative; to just follow the curriculum and to push worksheets. "
Wow. As I read this teacher from Dr. Lee Graham's class (they are in gamifi-ed with my students) I'm so touched by how the teacher helps us feel what is happening to TOO MANY TEACHERS. Too many teachers are being pushed down to teach the wrong way. Worksheet wonders and we wonder why no one loves to learn. This is sad and must change. I hope you'll comment.
Mia MacMeekin at "An Ethical Island" has made a profound infographic "27 Ways to innovate" that you'll want to share and read.I love the quotes and suggestions throughout this graphic which is inspiration, insightful, and very motivational.Why not get each teacher to pick something and come back together and discuss.
How research paywalls keep today's research from becoming best practice
Not sure why everyone is 3D. While I do think holograms and virtual presence are likely next, I'm not so sure about the type of 3D that is really an optical illusion. It just seems like an intermediate step to me. What is the purpose of 3D -- to make things seem more real. Honestly, seeing my son's face on facetime is more than enough for me -- if I could just get him to take my calls! ;-)
Is a teacher's non-use of technology an excuse to be demoted?
Simple ways to use mood music in your classroom to amp up learning
Sylvia Martinez and The Maker Movement: Invent to Learn, Tinker to Teach! #makered #makerspace
Reading Tips to Program Your Mind for success
Why you should set soft goals for your classroom this year
My wish for everyone attending #iste13
Karen Lirenman: Interview with outstanding K-2 Teacher 2013 #iste2013 @klirenman
4 Reasons I bought Microsoft Surface after wrestling alligators (guest post by Mark, my nephew)
Alfred Thompson: How we can teach computer science to every age @alfredtwo
Flipboard Magazines make curation for your classes EASY. #ipadchat
You might think this is dumb, but I don't for one reason. If you look at the various senses, smell is one of the most powerful. I recall reading a study stating that if students smelled a certain smell in math class and smelled that same smell as they took the math tests, that they scored better. You can literally recall a smell years later. It is one of the most basic senses. So, although some think the smell-o-vision talked about in this Gizmodo article is "dumb" I know that there will be applications in education (and sales, most likely - just travel to the mall and smell the smells they pump out front of a Cinnabon or Starbucks.) Smell is powerful but it will likely be a bit more time until the practical applications come to market.
This Edudemic article gives an overview of PaperTab technology - epaper that is location aware. It could do fascinating things for our kindles, etc. If you watch new technology, read this article.
Impressively, this website has a hashtag #digitalgov to encourage and help "join the movement to make 21st century digital government." You can join the website and see how you can be a part. If you're a software company or providing services, you can be part of the innovation happening here or just reap what others decide for you. This is part of the US government open government initiative.
Cell phones will be able to see through walls according to new research. Perhaps the pundits would do well to watch a few old episodes of Star Trek since the tricorder seems to be getting closer to reality than ever. Such things have all kinds of privacy issues at the helm deserving discussion now before we see our way to a future of things that cause big brother to be everywhere.
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