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Education Fast Forward

Education Fast Forward

The July 17th 2013 Education Fast Forward Debate 7 (EFF7) will address Access & Quality in Education, and asks, “Can we do both?” Joining the EFF Fellows at the 13:30 BST (8:30 AM EDT) debate will be Carol Bellamy, known for her United Nations work (UNICEF/Peace Corps), and Andreas Schleicher, PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) expert. More about all the EFF7 speakers can be found here. Most educators, in our daily classroom thinking and preparation, … Read entire article »

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ISTE13: Emphasis on Presentation

ISTE13: Emphasis on Presentation

ISTE conferences have always been just a little different from others—and in a good way. The emphasis at ISTE, which was so obvious at ISTE13, was on great presentations, and the ability to move from one to another like one of those street festivals, where you get a chance to sample different kinds of food. While all the presentations may … Read entire article »

Mobile Learning: Top 7 Recommendations

Mobile Learning: Top 7 Recommendations

I’ve written about mobile learning on more than one occasion, including Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device, but the digital times remain unsettled and uncertain, which makes the subject fresh each day. I find myself thinking about mobile more, and wondering first of all, what advice to give, and furthermore whether the advice I give is not only … Read entire article »

Biggest EdTech Question: How?

Biggest EdTech Question: How?

I had a conversation with a young principal the other day. He has sixty staff, teaching K-5 level students, and he was looking for technology ideas. I had just written something about using apps in the classroom, and felt pretty good about the direction classroom technology was headed, so offered some ideas. I began with mobile devices… tablets… and talked … Read entire article »

Learning from Vine

Learning from Vine

There’s a very useful lesson that works well for most grade levels, where you have students document procedure for doing some very seemingly simple things, such as tying shoes, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or tossing a ball. It’s not easy to do, but students enjoy seeing others attempt following their directions. I always thought the task was … Read entire article »

Reflections on Smudged Screens

Reflections on Smudged Screens

Forever ago, I begged for software that would allow my special needs and primary students to touch the PC screen in the way fast food attendants could when placing an order. Looking back, I should have asked it for all students. Bottom line, I unfortunately didn’t get it for any. To me, wanting touch screens in classrooms was really like … Read entire article »

Thank-A-Teacher Educator Bound for #ISTE13

Thank-A-Teacher Educator Bound for #ISTE13

A short time ago, I reported on Promethean’s Thank-a-Teacher appreciation contest that would send a teacher to #ISTE13 (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in San Antonio, TX. While there were plenty of recommendations, there was a standout educator, Linda Yollis, who was nominated by her students, district parents, and her principal. You may already know Linda Yollis, 2nd/3rd … Read entire article »

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Most tablets can do what other tablets do, including getting students and teachers to the Internet, which is big for Google schools, especially with Google’s recent announcements to provide more in the way of education apps at their Play Store. But what can separate the right choice in tablets from the pack, today, is what comes with the tablet—out of … Read entire article »

Learning Communities and Collaboration

Learning Communities and Collaboration

A friend of mine, Jim Wynn, is a respected global education spokesperson at Promethean, and he recently sent me some very interesting research about the importance of community in the way learning happens. Most of us who have PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) understand that learning communities can be vehicles for change, because change, including learning change, cannot happen in a … Read entire article »

Contest Thanks Teachers with Trip to #ISTE13

Contest Thanks Teachers with Trip to #ISTE13

If any individual or group should have a day of appreciation—it’s teachers! I figure if you were to break down teaching performances over a 35-year education career, where a teacher has just 5 classes a day for an 180-day school year, it would amount to about 31,500 teaching performances. I know it’s more. There are all those encore performances for … Read entire article »

ActivBus: A Field Trip That Comes to You!

ActivBus: A Field Trip That Comes to You!

I knew an Australian technology director, who planned regular field trips for his staff. He’d pack a school bus with all sorts of gadgets, and while holding a laptop like a picture book, would give a tech talk as they rode. He planned these tech tours to always stop somewhere for some picnic food and drink. At that time, most of … Read entire article »

Prioritizing Education: Technology 5 Out of 7?

Prioritizing Education: Technology 5 Out of 7?

I recently had a unique experience. I had to prioritize 7 things necessary for me to do in order to have my students succeed. The 7 choices included a few about what students could expect, such as “My teacher cares about me as an individual” and “I trust my teacher to create lessons to suit my needs” as well as … Read entire article »

Google Glass: Exploring Education Possibilities

Google Glass: Exploring Education Possibilities

Google Glass, in the long run, may not be the next greatest “Thing” in education or anywhere, but it may start us thinking ideas beyond what we’ve been doing to what we could be doing. For me it is long overdue. There are some educators, with the spark of creative invention, who can light up a room with possibilities—and interestingly … Read entire article »

It Works! Show Me It Works!

It Works! Show Me It Works!

I was pleased by something Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer, Promethean said recently about interactive technology research.  “It’s time to accept the evidence and develop policies to encourage a wider proliferation of these teaching and learning practices.”  I think that really hits the nail on the head. Educators and administrators know when something works, when something helps students achieve better … Read entire article »

SXSWedu Is InBloom

SXSWedu Is InBloom

I’ve been telling EdTech people to get to SXSWedu for 3 years now.  It’s an interesting place with a mix of educators, education marketplace experts, and a lot of future-thinking tech people interested in technology, as well as the way students and educators use it. Individualizing that learning, offering ways of collaborating, and figuring out ways of assessing and using … Read entire article »

Reading Aloud: Are Audio Books Reading?

Reading Aloud: Are Audio Books Reading?

Watching kids boarding the school bus dressed as Dr. Seuss characters has me applauding, again, the whole idea of reading aloud to kids. It has EdTech ramifications as well, which I’ll talk about later, but I personally know that reading aloud, daily, to students makes a difference. As a fifth-grader, I was a non-reader. That changed in my 6th year … Read entire article »

STEM Process: Know The Steps?

STEM Process: Know The Steps?

I remember helping students understand why following the steps of the scientific method was important in my life science classes—all the time holding them back from those experiment materials. “Why can’t we do the experiment now?” The excitement for experimenting of 1st graders and 7th graders is very similar—just the body sizes are different. What starts out as frustrating, and … Read entire article »

ICT Move to Computer Science More Than A Makeover

ICT Move to Computer Science More Than A Makeover

I’m following the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to Computing and Computer Science, National Curriculum change the UK is headed for in 2014. There may be some correlation to Common Core Standards in the states, but the UK curriculum has some real computing clout to it, going a bit beyond suggestions of computer and Internet use. “At the core of computing … Read entire article »

New Tablets Responding to Classroom Demand

New Tablets Responding to Classroom Demand

In March 2012 I wrote Reverse The Presentation in an effort to point the way digital classrooms should head, especially in light of the abundance of tablets, laptops, and handheld devices heading into classrooms for teachers and students. A year later, those devices are making their way into classrooms in incredible numbers, and that influx shows no signs of slowing. I … Read entire article »

Many Hands Touching Digital Mysteries

Many Hands Touching Digital Mysteries

At BETT13, in London, a friend of mine asked if I had met Ahmed. I hadn’t. “You have to see Digital Mysteries,” said my friend. So he calls Ahmed over. Ahmed, it turns out is Dr. Ahmed Kharrufa (see him in video at end of post). Now, it’s the end of a very long day, and I’ve been carrying a … Read entire article »

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

I’ve heard the word collaboration used a lot lately. But what does it really mean? Collaboration is more than sitting students in a group at a table, device, or large sheet of poster board with colored markers. That’s just grouping, and something educators have always done for everything from field trips to choosing sides for games. There’s nothing new there. … Read entire article »

IWBs, ActivTables, Tablets, Touch Marvelous With Win8

IWBs, ActivTables, Tablets, Touch Marvelous With Win8

I might not have given Microsoft’s Windows 8 a fair shake. Initially, I was one of those grumpy long-time users crying about losing a start button. I shouted aloud, “What are they thinking? Who, in his right mind, would want to give up Windows 7—it actually works!” Having lived through Vista, and maintained my beloved XP—longer than my favorite sweatshirt, … Read entire article »

Listening to Educators at BETT 2013

Listening to Educators at BETT 2013

At BETT 2013 in London, I had a great opportunity to speak with educators from the UK, as well as other parts of the world. It’s interesting that most of them have no problem with more than one language, and it’s amazing that most of them have the same concerns, wishes, and request as educators in the states. For example, Pip … Read entire article »

BETT13 An Education World’s Fair

BETT13 An Education World’s Fair

I’ve joined an education company called Promethean, recently, so I had a great opportunity to see what the world has been talking about for fourteen years—it’s BETT—the British Education Training and Technology show in London. That also gave me a chance to meet with and talk to educators, and edtech supporters on a global level. I’ve always thought global, probably … Read entire article »

BETT Is Where Dorothy Should Have Landed

BETT Is Where Dorothy Should Have Landed

I think modern day Dorothy would have preferred BETT13 and London to landing in Oz and visiting The Emerald City. 1st though, I’d caution her to lift those ruby slippers high, because all of BETT’s a stage—with most education and education tech exhibits raised a few inches higher than the rest of London. If your toes get caught, landing on … Read entire article »