New #EdTech, Old Teachers, The Adoption Myth #ISTE

An unfortunate assumption that edupreneurs frequently make is one that is also made by administrators inside the system; the ageist assumption that older teachers are unlikely to change their practice. It is a small minority of teachers in their later years that refuse to change their practice. My experience has been just the opposite of […]

Flipped Classroom sounds like an old best practice reborn #Edtech #ISTE

Constructivist education, for those who don’t already know, is when a learner actively participates in creating their own knowledge. There are myriad hierarchies that rank the effectiveness of the different ways we can learn, but an old favorite of mine goes something like this.. We learn some of what we hear We learn a bit […]

A critical examination of School of One pilot study

School of One is all over the blogosphere. I took a close look at their website tonight for the first time. The program is interesting. It appears that the company is using a comprehensive algorithm that is not only adaptive inside of the box, but outside as well. The algorithm considers how best to meet […]

Market Sustainability Depends on Teacher Commitment

HS teachers are keenly aware of the value or distraction provided by technology in the classroom. You might sell a district’s leadership on the idea that something will increase student engagement, like interactive whiteboards, or decrease operating expenses, like online professional development videos, but if the teachers can’t find the added value, good luck with […]

Lesson Plans Are Personal

Most HS teachers do not want or need lesson plans. A lesson plan is particular to a context. Teachers want resources. Short videos, images, simulations, and well written test questions (both formative and summative); these get our attention.