Interested in delivering an awful professional development session? Of course you aren’t! But we’ve all attended a bad PD session before, haven’t we? Trapped in a room for multiple hours on end, no escape strategy, and wondering: “How is this supposed to help me become a better educator? Is this really the best use of… Continue reading How to deliver an awful PD session in 5 simple steps!
This is purely anecdotal – but it practically confirms something that I’ve thought for a long time about students and EdTech: If students are forced to learn from each other or problem solve themselves, they will do it just fine! If there’s a knowledgeable tech person within shouting distance, their hands will shoot up, and… Continue reading Curse of the “Tech Guy” in the Room!
Did you know that filmmaking helps to develop higher order thinking skills? Check out Niko Theodosakis’s The Director in the Classroom: How Filmmaking Inspires Learning, and explore how making movies fosters important skills like visioning, research, problem solving, logic, planning and analyzing. With apps like iMovie, making quality films in the classroom is easier than… Continue reading 10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom
It is folly!
This is true for our students…but it can breed dangerous assumptions in the classroom. We still need to facilitate the learning of technology skills – make sure to set-up a system where this occurs.
I read an article recently called They’re Not Natives, They’re Digital Tourists! – basically the gist is that students aren’t as naturally tech-savvy as we think they are – the myth of the 21st century learner, if you will. The author makes many good points, and I largely agree with her. I see students every… Continue reading 5 Steps to Create Self-Taught Tech Learners in Your Classroom