Tech Training Outside of Content

Our district is distributing 13,000 iPads in the next 24 months. We have ~1,300 staff who need to be trained on instructional methods with technology in addition to functional training on a new platform, using GSuite effectively and building a course in Canvas. Training has been touchpoint number one for our team. We're not inRead More

Badges? We Might Want to Think About Stinking Badges…

Some initial, mostly unfiltered thoughts on digital badges from a professional development perspective: Most badging programs are too simple. They focus on rote skill and don't have a clear pathway for building competency on a holistic level. Buy in, like any other initiative, is extremely important. Badging isn't enticing on it's own. And being enticingRead More

Privacy Concerns are Just Beginning

Bill Fitzgerald already wrote an analysis of what can happen now that Congress has essentially erased privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers can gather and sell your information indiscriminately, so I won't get into that here. If you're in #edtech, listen up: School data can now be used by the service provider to gatherRead More

No, Today’s Students Don’t Learn Differently

If you're working in instructional support (#edtech, instructional tech, learning support...whatever you want to call it) you've probably heard, "Today's students just learn differently." No they don't. Writers will write. Storytellers will tell stories. Musicians will make music. Athletes will compete. People have drives to be creative, curious, playful, impactful, relevant... What's different is theRead More

Teach Like a Teacher

Teaching is being overrun by impostors. Perhaps I'm reading into something, but the explosion of "Teach Like a [thing]" culture scares me. Culturally, have we reached a place in education where taking on a persona to find inspiration for change is the best option for our students? Simile is powerful and inspiration comes in manyRead More

Review Questions with Spreadsheets

I wanted to use a new method of reviewing with students as we wrap up our cell activity unit. I've been working with my students on forming questions with the question formulation strategy around content as well as finding new ways to build content knowledge resources. We're at the point in the year where detailsRead More