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Teaching and Learning Book Project

This is part three of an ongoing series about a project my students complete as part of a “Technology Integration in K-12” course I teach at Indiana University Bloomington.

After students have read their books, and posted a review to amazon.com, they choose an instructional approach that they would like to learn more about. Once they have made a decision about the instructional approach, students create a short book trailer for the book.  [click to continue…]

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Teaching and Learning Book Project

This is part two of an ongoing series about a project my students complete as part of a “Technology Integration in K-12″ course I teach at Indiana University Bloomington.

As I mentioned in the overview of this project, the first step in this project is that student read each of the following books:

  1. Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day
  2. Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom
  3.  The 5-Minute Teacher: How do I maximize time for learning in my classroom?

After students complete reading each book, they are responsible for completing book reviews on Amazon.com. Read below to learn more about this aspect of the project.  [click to continue…]

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Student using an iPad

Over the past few years I have worked with several schools and districts that have implemented a 1:1 program with iPad. One of the biggest complaints I hear is how difficult it is to set-up and deploy hundreds of iPads. In the past each device has to be touched in order to set it up for the end user. Well, if you are using a MDM solution, managing a 1:1 program, or deploying hundreds or thousands of iPads should no longer be a headache. [click to continue…]

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I was recently interviewed by Kaitlyn Davis (@Ms_Davis14) for a project in one of her courses. The topic of the interview is technology integration in K-12. In this interview I discuss the benefits of technology in the classroom and provide some resources where teachers can find apps for their classroom [click to continue…]

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Teaching and Learning Book Project

This is part one of an ongoing series about a project my students complete as part of a “Technology Integration in K-12” course I teach at Indiana University Bloomington. 

Part of my work as a doctoral student is teaching courses in Indiana University’s Computer Educator Licensure (CEL) program. This program offers undergraduate, on-campus course for preservice teachers, and online graduate level courses for in-service teachers. The Computer Educator license certifies teachers to teach several computer related courses and be a technology coach.

Over the past two years I taught the undergraduate and graduate level “Technology Integration in K-12” and “Technology Leadership in K-12” courses. Two aspects of the courses that I feel really good about are the field trips we took to visit innovative schools, the field experiences I instituted  in both courses (you can never provide enough experiences in classrooms), and the opportunities I created for students to connect with innovative educators from across the country. The Teaching and Learning Book Project  (I know, I know…how could I think of such a creative name?) is an example of one project in which students connect with innovative teachers. [click to continue…]

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Flipped Learning Network on EdReach

Two of my students (Danielle and Emily) from the Computer Educator Licensure (CEL) program at Indiana University Bloomington were able to join an episode of the Flipped Learning Network on the Edreach Network. The host, Troy Cockrum (@tcockrum), was selected as a 2013-2014 Jacobs Educator and has been a great asset to IU’s teacher education program. Troy recently published his own book, Flipping Your English Class to Reach All Learners: Strategies and Lesson Plans that is worth checking out, especially if you are interested in re-examining how you run your English class.  [click to continue…]

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Instead of prescriptive commands issued from headquarters here in Sacramento, more general goals have been established for each local school to attain, each in its own way. This puts the responsibility where it has to be: In the classroom and at the local district. With six million students, there is no way the state can micromanage teaching and learning in all the schools from El Centro to Eureka — and we should not even try! - Jerry Brown 2014 State of State Address

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Over at his Brilliant or Insane? blog, Mark Barnes made a New Year’s resolution to eliminate traditional grades in every school. I am joining this mission with a contribution from Dylan Wiliam’s excellent book Embedded Formative Assessment.

I made a video that provides an overview of two studies that Wiliam describes in his chapter on providing feedback that moves learning forward, and provides a starting contribution to this much-needed conversation. [click to continue…]

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This video does a nice job of summarizing the latest OECD report on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and how it might shape our local, state, and federal policies. Learn more here.

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Arrow breaking through brick wall

According to Chris Dede, “The highest barrier to education improvement is high-stakes assessment.” I am glad more parents are realizing their power and speaking up about the kind of education they want for their children. How we educate our children should not be determined by corporate profits.

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