Category Archives: EDUCATION

How to Stop Email From Stealing Your Soul: 30+ Ways to Manage Email Better (IDI)


Our relationship with email needs to change. We need counseling. We need ground rules. We need to rebuild and perhaps redefine our relationship with email. We might not ever be in love again, but we can at least try to be more civil with one another. Continue reading

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Civil Rights, Broken Things & Six Bags of Potatoes: Thoughts on the Incremental Education Revolution


If you really dig under the surface and trace the tangled roots of any revolution, you will see that there are seldom any revolutions that sprout overnight. There may be landmark decisions, massive uprisings, and paradigm shifts which seem to explode at the surface from time to time. But almost invariably, these are the result of slow, steady (and often unnoticed) build-ups. Continue reading

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Computational Thinking Problem-Solving Apparatus


I would love your edits / contributions / ideas please! Feel free to share with attribution. (See end of document for attribution details) PDF version: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING PROBLEM-SOLVING APPARATUS  

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Why We Will Never Stamp Out Bullying in Schools


Schools mirror the communities and societies in which they are located. And we know that young people learn most powerfully by emulating the adults in their lives. Children look to adults to glean clues on how to adapt themselves to … Continue reading

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20 Things I Love About Living in a Technology-Drenched World


My clever Apple TV can stream programs for me when I want to watch them. And it even can turn my TV on and off automatically. With almost all my payments and bills handled electronically, I don’t really need a … Continue reading

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The Best of 2017 – The 50 Most Useful Apps, Websites, & Tools for Teachers (As Suggested by Techy Teachers)


Please follow the hyperlinks on the names of the apps. (Photos and images are not hyperlinked!)   Google Classroom A definite winner for distributing and collecting assignments digitally, as well as for posting announcements, questions and enrichment tasks. Can now … Continue reading

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The 18 Best Apps, Robots & Tools for Kids to Learn Coding


The 18 Best Apps, Robots & Tools for Kids & Teens to Learn Coding For about two years now, I’ve been trying to narrow down the plethora of apps, websites, robots and other tools which allege to be THE BIG … Continue reading

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Technology Suggestions to Enhance Visible Thinking and Cooperative Learning Routines


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On Pain


Pain deprives us of our humanity. It bleeds away our energy, bruises our spirit, and cuts us off from our dreams and ambitions. Acute pain keeps the mind on the immediate present, with only the option of dull barbiturate oblivion … Continue reading

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TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IDEAS 2018


Below are some ideas on fusing technology into your lessons. This list will be updated periodically. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. (Please view in a browser or request desktop view on your tablet)

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Why Most Schools Don’t Hire the Best Teachers


(Today is my fifth anniversary on WordPress! I’ll celebrate with this little post. More to come!) In the last 5 years or so, teacher turnover at many schools has increased dramatically. Depending on the school, there may be many reasons … Continue reading

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Why We Don’t Need to Panic About Digital vs Paper Textbooks (On False Dichotomies, Placeholder Technologies and Engaged Learning)


Recently, I came across an article titled The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world – which was reblogged by the WEF and retitled Students learn better from books than screens, according to a new study. Leaving aside … Continue reading

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Teachers: Masters in the Art of Living


I came across this quote the other day. It really makes me think of the many passionate teachers I know.  The picture is of me playing Google Expeditions with a really sweet Grade One class – such fun! We were … Continue reading

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What is Visible Thinking Really?


Introduction When you think about it, defining thinking is harder than you think. And getting students to think hard is even harder. Think back to when you last had to build something and you didn’t have exactly the right tools … Continue reading

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Never Be a Mark: The Final Word On Critical Thinking From My Favorite Hustlers


Anyone else love the BBC TV series Hustle as much as I do? Here, some advice from the final moments of the final episode of season six:

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Chess and Strategic Leadership: The Overlooked Middle-Game


Chess is about making strategic decisions. From the very first move to the last, it is all about how you deploy, position, support and utilize your resources to get the best results. As such, chess is a very useful analogy … Continue reading

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What is the Capital of Western Sahara? (Why We Need to Rethink ‘Geographic Literacy’)


Being able to point out the countries of the world, together with their capitals and major cities is a cache of knowledge many people assume to be as essential as knowing your ABCs or your times tables. In fact, people … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (8: Notability)


Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (8: Notability) Students in a 1:1 environment should never type notes. It is not neurologically sound. But that doesn’t mean they can’t take notes digitally using a stylus. The only issue with this is that … Continue reading

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A New Culture of Learning


This, after Thomas and Brown’s book: PDF Version: A New Culture of Learning 2

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Never Send a Machine… Re-imagining Technology in Education (Excerpted From Yong Zhao)


I absolutely love what Yong Zhao has to say especially about the shortcoming of standardized assessments. Some of my favorite Zhao blog posts: How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 1): Romanticizing Misery Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict Test … Continue reading

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