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Jul. 11, 2010

Let the Learning Begin

Getting ready to travel to Boston is always exciting, but tonight it is especially so because tomorrow is the first day of BLC10 – the pre-conference. If you haven’t been before, but are joining us this year, get ready for the learning experience of a lifetime. Alan November has a knack for collecting energetic, innovative, inspirational advocates for education. This will make the eleventh year that they have converged together for one week during the summer months to push, stretch, and invigorate the path of educators from all over the world. All levels and disciplines are represented; superintendents, university professors, […]

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Dec. 10, 2009

Choices

Last summer, I had the opportunity to work with a lovely group of educators from the Montcalm School District. They invited me to lead a two-day teacher workshop on using technology in the classroom. Recently I had a chance to visit their schools and talk to a few of the teachers that participated in the summer training. I’m glad I did. I was pleased to learn that the teachers were using some of the ideas and tools we had discussed in the workshop. It felt good to know that I had a small part in bringing about changes in their […]

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Mar. 27, 2009

Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom

In this video presented by Mobile Learning Institute, Alan tours his hometown of Marblehead, MA and comments on the historical global vision of his community.

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Alan challenges us to think about the emerging role of “student as contributor” and to globalize our curriculum by linking students with authentic audiences from around the world. (For more on this topic read Alan’s article, Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm.

He also discusses three myths regarding the impact of technology on student learning:

Myth #1: Technology is going to be the great equalizer of society. In reality, technology is actually polarizing society.

Myth #2: […]

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Mar. 26, 2009

Tutorial – Introducing Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere ( http://www.polleverywhere.com ) is a service that allows groups of individuals to vote within user-generated polls using a mobile phone’s text messaging capability or a simple web form. This system has quickly become a part of major presentations given by Microsoft, Cisco, MIT and more because of its ability to capture an audience’s thoughts and understandings at a given moment in time. This reason alone makes Poll Everywhere a powerful classroom tool.

We have created a new handout on our resources page which can be viewed and downloaded here. For a brief introduction to the Poll Everywhere service, we […]

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Jan. 28, 2009

Maybe I’m the Slow Kid

On the CAST web site they introduce Differentiated Instruction by stating:

Not all students are alike. Based on this knowledge, differentiated instruction applies an approach to teaching and learning so that students have multiple options for taking in information and making sense of ideas.

Teachers some times think they are being asked to “water” down the curriculum and that differentiated instruction is for the special education or slower students in the class. It is really for everyone. The recent cold weather brought me to a great example of differentiated instruction on a personal level. When I want to know the weather […]

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