Sustainable Modern Pedagogy or “Boutique” Solutions?

Written by Coby Enteen Our lives have changed drastically over the course of the last three of decades; job stability is slowly declining, manual labor is rapidly being taken over by machines, and the collective knowledge of the internet is […]

Moving from Independent Islands to a Nation State

Cross-Curricular Multi-disciplinary Learning: Moving from Independent Islands to a Nation State

Written by Coby Enteen The value of creating in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for students through a cross-curricular or multidisciplinary teaching approaches have long been justified; however the feasibility of teaching this way, is somewhat questionable.  This is due to a large degree […]

New teaching practices, should we really change the way we teach? Understanding The “Thawing Principle”

Written by Coby Enteen Every so often we are overtaken by new teaching practices and learning methods such as Flip Classroom, Project-based Learning, MOOC’s, Blended Learning and so on.  We often hear about them at conferences, from a school administrator or from fellow teachers and they make […]

Finding a Diamond in the Rough

By Coby Enteen Attending regional, national and international professional conferences are often times a confusing experience for educators, whom are sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number and scope of technology solutions presented.  Vendors are trying to promote products and increase sales, […]

QBL – A Practical Solution to Teaching

By Coby Enteen Project-based Learning (PBL) has gained a great deal steam and has been adopted and implemented in many forms, over the course of the last decade.  Teachers invest endless hours in dissecting topics, planning activities, writing questions, organizing […]

 

Teachers make money selling materials online – Yahoo! News

SEATTLE (AP) — Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class — and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers.

Teachers like Nannini are making extra money providing materials to their cash-strapped and time-limited colleagues on curriculum sharing sites like teacherspayteachers.com, providing an alternative to more traditional — and generally more expensive — school supply stores. Many districts, teachers and parents say these sites are saving teachers time and money, and giving educators a quick way to make extra income.

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An Inside Look At How Project-Based Learning Actually Works | Edudemic

Project-based learning is one of the most popular terms in education innovation today. We talk about PBL all the time and how it, combined with flipped classrooms, can basically change the way education works. It’s an exciting time to be sure.

via An Inside Look At How Project-Based Learning Actually Works | Edudemic.

Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the flipped classroom, why I loved it, and how I used it. I have to admit, the flip wasn’t the same economic and political entity then that it is now. And in some ways, I think that matters.

via Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction.

How To Keep Students Focused On A Single iPad App

We talk every day about how iPads and other technology can be implemented in the classroom. But many devices cough iPad cough are designed to do a myriad of different things. Sure, they’re terrific learning tools but they’re also great distraction tools. Just ask any student able to quickly check their Facebook account while they’re supposed to be using an iPad for research.

via How To Keep Students Focused On A Single iPad App.

New program prepares educators for blended learning | eSchool News

Many brick-and-mortar schools want to incorporate more online instruction—but how should teachers prepare for the newly popular blended classroom? An update to a national certification program for educators promises to help them teach in a blended learning environment.

via New program prepares educators for blended learning | eSchool News.

Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch

More schools are embracing what was once considered a disruptive force in the classroom: cellphones.

Districts have relaxed their rules, allowing students to plug into their phones, iPods and other electronic devices during lunch, recess or class time when permitted by a teacher.

via Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch.

Education Week: Q&A: Quest for ‘Digital Wisdom’ Hinges on Brains and Machines

Marc Prensky has written a number of books about the integration of technology and education. In his latest, Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, he argues that technology can be used to enhance the human brain and improve the way people process information.

 

via Education Week: Q&A: Quest for ‘Digital Wisdom’ Hinges on Brains and Machines.

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads And How To Correct Them

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.

via 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads And How To Correct Them.

5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have

This is an excerpt from a larger article all about the real world ways teachers can use the technology they already have in their classroom to have a high-tech learning environment. 

via 5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have.

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking — THE Journal

Experts maintain that regular opportunities to engage in activities requiring use of higher order thinking skills can significantly improve student achievement as measured on standardized tests. My own experience as a classroom teacher, site administrator, and professional development provider supports this assertion.

via 5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking — THE Journal.