Inspiration, Part 2
Inspiration, Part 1
On Interactive Whiteboards
A few days ago, I posted to my Twitter feed that my district had abandoned our plans to purchase 40 new Promethean ActivBoards, instead opting to connect Apple TVs and iPads to existing projectors and use AirPlay. I was contacted by a parent advocacy group in Maryland who indicated that their district had recently just ordered 2,000 ActivBoards (which I’d imagine would have cost the...
Grading, Penalties, and a Tale of Two Cell Phone...
I’m spending this week doing a Project-Based Learning workshop for some of the teachers in our district. Yesterday afternoon began our discussion on rubric design. I started with a question “why do we grade?” I received the typical “to assign a value to the work”, etc as responses. The idea of providing feedback, and as a tool for growth wasn’t mentioned,...
Engagement: It's Not Just For Students, Anymore
Yeah, I know I’ve been horrible about blogging recently. Well, not recently, actually. I’ve actually always been horrible at blogging. You’ll know this for no other reason that I start most blog posts this way. But I guess I need to get to a point. Or maybe a better strategy is to say that this blog will only be updated twice yearly. Oh well, I’ll deal with that...
TED Talks in a Google Doc →
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE fan of TED Talks. It’s my daily source for thought and inspiration. And there are practical, constant applications to education. This is a searchable Google Doc that contains all of the TED Talks that are out there.
Education Reform Doesn't "Sweat the Small Stuff"
One of my favorite things to do to pass time is to watch TED Talks. So, I usually include them as a starting point for discussion. Here’s one by Rory Sutherland, entitled “Sweat the Small Stuff”. As I watched it, I started thinking about the implications for education. Sutherland argues that the “devil is in the details” - that large changes in behavior can...
The Decade According to Nine Year Olds
This is a post I originally wrote two years ago. I was hoping to create some original content, but this is time-appropriate, being around New Years Day. The decade according to 9-year-olds from allison louie-garcia on Vimeo. I know I’m supposed to be providing cool tools for you to use after Christmas, but I couldn’t resist posting this. I’ve seen a lot of decade in...
Welcome to the show that will probably end soon...
If I go back through my storied social networking past, I can see a variety of posts along the lines of “Welcome to my new blog”, or “I’m back to blogging”, or “I’m going to keep this blog up this time”. Guess what never happens….. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, because anyone who knows me knows that I never run out...