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What I Want for Virtual Reality in Education


So, the release of the Oculus Rift is getting us tech geeks all excited. And Microsoft is working towards making the Hololens a viable prospect. HTC is also ready with a cool-looking system, and I'm sure many others will be … Continue reading

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Why Television is Really Ruining Our Kids


  I'm not one who believes that watching TV makes our kids violent. But I do think it can be dangerous by irrevocably warping their thinking. Here is why I think television is REALLY hurting our kids:  

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One Reason for Using Tablets in the Classroom: Agency


Image source: http://owl.laptop.org/media/countries/Ethiopia/Kids%20with%20Tablets/Kids%20using%20tablets%203.jpg (In response to David Didau's recent post titled: Just give me one good reason to use a tablet in the classroom)   Without any scene-setting to wade through, here is the one good reason for using tablets … Continue reading

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10 Alternative EdTech Terms That Make More Sense


    “Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul   Hello Blogland So I've been thinking … Continue reading

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Here Be Dragons: A Parable of Learning


  Once upon a telling, a score of young adventurers set sail on adventure across the wide seas. They had a wise ol' captain and an ultimate destination, but they would each take turns to steer the good ship Learning … Continue reading

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Something Strange Happens to Time When You Teach


(Excerpted from my farewell letter to the staff of Crawford College Lonehill at the end of 2015.) I love the subject I teach. (Actually, I just love teaching.) But teaching Geography is especially nifty, mostly because of how it teaches … Continue reading

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Things I’ll Never Do Again


This is a personal post. One of those cathartic things. Skip it if you're not into that kind of thing.   So everyone's still thinking about how 2016 is going to be different and pondering all the new things that … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Kids’ Minds Are Like Rainforests


  In a recent post discussing a favorite quote, I wrote that… [Young] minds are more like a rainforest: teeming with life and growth, filled with verdant mysteries, potential discoveries and unique richness, and we need to take care that … Continue reading

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20 Predictions for 2016 (And How You Too Can Become a Psychic Fortune-Teller Type – But Not Really)


  This is the link to last year's predictions. I've cast the bones for 2016, and the ancestors have spoken. And here's how you too can learn to tell the future. (Spoiler alert: You can't really, all you do is … Continue reading

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What Education in South Africa and Our Ailing Electricity Supply Infrastructure Have in Common


  South Africa has a major problem with supplying its citizens with enough power. It also has a problem in supplying a good education to its young people. Here are a few things both of these problems have in common: … Continue reading

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How NOT To Teach Critical Thinking (And What To Do Instead)


I ran head first into this piece of nonsense the other day: What is critical thinking? It’s the ability to: solve problems make products that are valued in a particular culture be flexible, creative, and original think about thinking locate … Continue reading

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Lock, Stock & 200 Smoking Barrels: My Favorite Movies


The are my favorite movies. Click on the link below or the picture to be taken to my IMDB list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031254587/ Did I miss any of your favorites?  

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The Best Way to Teach Empathy (and How it Can Revolutionize Schools)


“ I blog because I feel strange compulsion to gather my wild thoughts together and to sort them into relatively neat little arrangements. Mostly, I order my ideas together beforehand and then offer snapshots of them as blog posts. They … Continue reading

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10 Things All Kids Should Be Taught in School


  A typical mix of subjects at a school would include the STEM subjects, the Humanities / Social Sciences and perhaps a spattering of Business related subjects, some IT, and the Arts. It hasn't really changed for decades. Now imagine … Continue reading

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We Need to Take the ‘Grind’ Out of Education (Thoughts on Thomas Gradgrind)


  We all hijack quotes for our own purposes. The following are among my favorites. They come from the mouth of Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian school board superintendent in Charles Dickens's Hard Times. For me, the quotes below speak to … Continue reading

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Giving Teachers Independence from the Interference of Bureaucrats & Bigots


  This is one of my favorite quotes. It speaks to the importance of giving teachers more freedom to determine what is best for their own students. (I have added a few extra paragraphs to make the reading slightly easier.) … Continue reading

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Beyond Marks and Standardized Assessments (Part 1: How High-Stakes Assessments Hurt Kids)


  Here's the reality: summarizing a student's performance by means of marks and symbols isn't going away any time soon. The reason is simple: they're convenient and easy. The overwhelming majority of universities use them to benchmark students and award … Continue reading

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What is Stupidity? (A Quick Guide for Young People.)


  What is stupidity? Making silly mistakes doesn't make people stupid. Absent-mindedness and forgetfulness also don't make people stupid. Not knowing things doesn't make them stupid either. And doing things the wrong way now and then definitely doesn't make any … Continue reading

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20 More Top Educational iPad Apps Teachers Can Actually Use By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them


It's been about three years since I posted my original list of iPad apps teachers can actually use. Since then I have compiled a few other app lists: Chess Apps to Improve Your Game and Your Mind Creativity Apps Critical … Continue reading

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20 More iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography & Earth Science


This is a follow up post to one I wrote almost two years ago titled 48 iPad Apps For Teaching & Learning Geography and Earth Science. All of the apps on the previous list are still around and still working, … Continue reading

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