I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. ~ Jay-Z
A great video from the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) that again hammers home what i have so often written about in this blog, that is that the real IS the deal when it comes to engaging with learners through better questioning and Problem Based Learning:
I am currently training to become a member of BIE’s National Faculty and I could not be more excited to continue to learn and grow alongside some fantastic educators. In time I hope to share my personal PBL experiences and the essential elements of PBL with teachers around the world.
“What, in your opinion, is the most ‘disruptive’ technology impacting teaching and learning for K-8 schools?”
I was recently asked to speak for a short period on this topic. Its not an easy one, made more difficult in that I need to wrap it into a short presentation. My answer – Blended Learning. I feel this is going to redefine roles of student, teacher, community, and technology in education and provide an opportunity for transformative change in education.
“learners first, teachers second” ~ Will Richardson on teachers in the “New Tech World”
Three presentations to help Novato Unified technology leaders launch Google Apps for Education across their schools. I shared these with the district’s tech leaders then passed them on, in the hopes they make them better and personalize them for their needs in bravely innovating:
No Voice; but oh! the silence sank like music on my heart. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
A group of five educators and myself went to the North Bay CUE conference in Napa over the weekend.
LCMSD @ NorthBay CUE
It was a good day and I attended sessions on multimedia presentations, QR codes, and EdModo. However as so often is the case at these conferences … our group was most blown away by something that had nothing to do with our sessions*.
Indeed it came up in a side conversation – adding voice comments in GoogleDocs. What a great way to give students feedback! Its quick, its easy, it allows students to hear your voice in the feedback and, i believe, more students will listen and think about the feedback you are giving them**
Here’s a great tutorial in less than three minutes by J. Roberts:
My 10-year-old son is miserable since I took away Call of Duty–what do I do?
Q: My 10 year old used to be an avid skateboarder and baseball player—until Call of Duty on XBOX Live arrived. I didn’t in my wildest dreams think that he would become addicted to a video game. I have a 21 year old who played all of the games but was never ruled by them. Since my awakening, I have removed the game, but my son is miserable. How long does it take to deprogram him?
—Problem Gaming, in Kansas City, MO
A: Dear Problem Gaming,
More and more young people are being referred to me for Internet or video game behaviors that are causing real problems in their lives. It sounds like your 10-year-old son falls into that category. Unfortunately, time away from the game may not be enough to deprogram him—he probably needs professional help.
In the meantime, when talking about this with your son, frame this as a health issue, not as an issue of misbehaving. Your son’s excessive game play could be a symptom of another issue—like social anxiety or depression—and it could be his way of taking refuge in a world he can control. Explain that you see how miserable he is, and that although he may not understand yet, the goal here is not to punish him but to make his life better.
I generally start each of these posts with a quote. This post is a short one and is all about a quote. I just had to share one that I found here last night. I was drawn to the article through my PLN and it held onto my attention particularly tightly after a great conversation I’d had that day with two mothers (both ES principals) about the mystery of why our kids are so drawn to video games. The article is great and definitely worth the read, but the quote dazzled and i feel is one of the best I’ve seen in some time:
In times of change learners inherit the Earth while the learned find themselves equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ~ Eric Hoffer