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Tori Mazur

October 26, 2014

Living in the Wild, Wild Web

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The year was 2000. The web was akin to the Wild West.  It was exciting and unbridled.  There were no rules.  There were no sheriffs.  In some ways, the internet is still in its adolescent period. We've just added everyone and his grandmother to the show.  It's hard to think about what's acceptable and to be pro-active about teaching it, when the changes come so fast now.

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Bill Ferriter

October 21, 2014

Canva Makes Your iPads Even MORE Useful

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One of my biggest beefs with schools that spend thousands of dollars pushing iPads into classrooms has been the fact that the iPad has never REALLY been a great creation tool.  Instead, iPads often end up doing nothing more than reinforcing the kinds of passive consumption behaviors -- watching videos, reading text, searching the Web -- that I think we ought to be pushing OUT of our classrooms.

That's why Canva's new iPad app has caught my attention.

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Bill Ferriter

October 14, 2014

In Celebration of Teaching Geeks!

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One of my professional mentors is Tom Many — longtime superintendent in the Chicago area and full-time consultant with expertise in setting up professional learning communities.  Tom — who writes a regular bit for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association — reached out a few months back, looking to interview me for a column on teaching with technology.

Thought you’d be interested in the conversation that we had:

Tom: I often hear that technology motivates kids? 

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Brianna Crowley

October 9, 2014

From Connected Educator to Connected Classroom

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This year I embarked on a new challenge. One that strives to include my students in the powerful world of connected learning. One that offers to model for them the power of social networking beyond their peers. I want to make the leap from being a connected educator to being a connected classroom full of connected learners. Because if the learning is so powerful for us, we should also be sharing it with our students. 

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Bill Ferriter

October 8, 2014

Problemitizing the Curriculum [SLIDE]

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The thinking of Garfield Gini-Newman has been a source of challenge for me lately.

One of Garfield's arguments is that problems should be used as an invitation to bring students into the learning process.  Here's a slide that makes Garfield's point:

(click here to view and download image on Flickr) 

 

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Related Radical Reads:

My Kids, a Cause and our Classroom Blog

My Beef with the Gamification of Education

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Bill Ferriter

October 8, 2014

Problemitizing the Curriculum [SLIDE]

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The thinking of Garfield Gini-Newman has been a source of challenge for me lately.

One of Garfield's arguments is that problems should be used as an invitation to bring students into the learning process.  Here's a slide that makes Garfield's point:

(click here to view and download image on Flickr) 

 

_______________________

Related Radical Reads:

My Kids, a Cause and our Classroom Blog

My Beef with the Gamification of Education

Continue Reading…

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