February 12, 2015
A history lesson taught well results in more than simple memorization of names and dates; rather, it inspires and equips students to be lifelong citizens. It teaches them to support their arguments using research, determine whether different sources of information are reliable or not, and be informed participants in society. At the Ransom Everglades School in Miami, history teacher Jen Carey does just that by assigning her students an inquiry-based project that hones their skills in both traditional and digital media: making documentaries. Students research and find sources to answer...
February 11, 2015
In my last blog post, I reviewed several lessons that I have learned about integrating technology as an administrator. Today, I would like to revisit Lesson 4, Professional Development: Lesson 4: Consider implementing opportunities for differentiated professional development to reach the needs of all teachers. Structures such as edcamps, unconferences and flipped professional development can provide teachers with just right and just in time professional development. After careful reflection, I realized that I should rephrase lesson 4. It should read: Consider opportunities for...
February 06, 2015
One of the most important skills students learn in math is being able to explain why a problem is solved a certain way rather than just memorizing or intuiting the answer. Problem sets can’t help them here – they need a chance to focus more on the process than the final result. At Linus Pauling Middle School in Oregon, math teacher Dan Bowdoin gave his sixth graders a chance to do this creatively by combining their normal pencil-and-paper work with digital technology. First, he had his 19 math peer tutors create one-step equation “how-to” videos for students with the app Explain Everything....