Don’t Call it a Sheep

Test prep is becoming more insidious. Rather than being outright drill-and-kill for the multiple choice marathon students are forced to take, now it masquerades as "critical thinking skill development" and "article analysis." We've spent the last few months at school designing writing prompts based on articles. We then had the students read the articles, discussRead More

Student Rubrics with Google Forms and docappender

Every other month, we give students an argumentative writing prompt which is then scored against a standard rubric. One of our school goals is to improve the quality of writing from our students, so we teach them not only the content, but how to make a good argument. Using things like facts along with applicationRead More

Let’s Forget EdTech in 2013

I want to propose something crazy: I think we talk too much about education technology. I'm guilty of it, and it's been weighing on me over Christmas break. Maybe I'm projecting some of my concerns out there, but let me explain a little bit. 2012 seemed like an edtech explosion to me. Every week, IRead More

Guest Post: Dan Spencer on Literacy in the Digital Age

Today's post is actually from Dan Spencer, a technology coordinator in Michigan. Dan was recently asked to write an article for a local newspaper about student literacy in the digital age. Dan was kind enough to let me post this on my blog as well because it is that good.  This is longer than whatRead More