Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Disruptive Innovation: Gaming as the Future of Education [Part 2]

    on Apr 22, 14 • in Educational Apps, Educational Reform, Featured, Technology • with Comments

    smilingteacher

    Like most boys his age, my 11 year-old son is a gamer.   He plays a myriad of video games, and together, he and I are avid tabletop gamers.  His gaming life is full of colorful characters, mysterious landscapes, adventure, challenge, triumphs, and, yes, lots of failure.  But no matter how much failure he encounters, he continues to press on, to learn more, to beat the challenge and defeat the monster, understand the physics, or build the massive castle.  He has that essential element of resilience we talk about in education: grit. And he has confidence

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  • Generating Work Flow in 1:1 iPad Classroom

    on Apr 18, 14 • in Educational Apps, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    bmcldrev

    I’m finishing this first full quarter with the 1:1 iPad classroom but apps do not hold attention spans this time of year. With April, love springs to life in all of its awkward forms. Attention spans are diverted towards prom invitations and long looks out windows; lacrosse, melting snows on the softball diamond hold great appeal. Thus the last quarter begins with incentives and compromises to motivate students. I turn towards studies of current events and apps that generate discussion and negotiation, simplicity and possibility. My choice apps are Croak.it and Explain Everything. Before introducing new apps

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  • How I Flipped My Classroom

    on Apr 7, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Technology • with Comments

    bmcldrev

    It was just over a year ago when I first heard the term “flipped classroom,” and I recall wondering what part of the classroom was flipped.  I saw pictures of desks and books upside down, but never thought much about the concept.  I never thought this theory would lead to a new approach to the classroom and quite possibly revolutionize education, especially in the digital age.  I remember my high school days, 1998—2001, when we, the students, walked into the classrooms, took out our notebooks, and rigorously recorded every single word the teacher said from

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  • Teachers Lead In-Service… Unthinkable Possibilities!

    on Apr 2, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments

    bmcldrev

    The unthinkable happened. Our faculty provided expertise for a recent In-service. Incentive to turn the reigns over to in-house professionals result from either our successful embrace of the PLC model or because the budget is frozen. Whatever the reason, the opportunity to explore the Ed Camp model of professional collaboration is a turning point in our school wide move towards 1:1 iPad instruction. Our school is committed to 8  days of in-service development, working to unify the K through 12 curricula under mandated structures. Usually the 30 minute breakfast serves as our only opportunity for

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  • The Absent Educator in a 1:1 iGen Classroom

    on Mar 21, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    bmcldrev

    Every once in a while, I have to take a sick day as a result of my own human frailty. A foot surgery scheduled for April was suddenly bumped up to last week, leaving me three days to prepare. As an educator, I hate missing school and I despise writing sub plans. Even with the most intuitive and competent substitutes, the dynamics in the classroom change. Students will put off or set aside the classwork hoping that it somehow doesn’t hold the same value. If I set up a video or film, students will ignore

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