One of the great things about working in District 75 in New York City is that we have regular bi-monthly meetings where the tech liaisons from our 60+ (and 100s of sites/buildings) schools get together to share and learn. We recently had the opportunity to talk about what tools are benefitting us most in the … Continue reading 50+ Useful EdTech Tools
Google has provided a variety of methods for students to begin exploring their world. One of the most exciting ways students can go on a Google adventure is through Google Expeditions, a means for students to go on 360° panoramic virtual tours of the world around them, into ancient history, into outer space, or inside their … Continue reading Our Google Augmented Reality Adventure
This post provides an overview of the differentiated instruction (DI) model. For more insight on DI, see my posts Is Differentiation a Dirty Word? or The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. An Overview There seems to be a lot of confusion about what differentiation actually entails. There are problems with conflicting definitions. In one sense … Continue reading What Is Differentiation Really?
This post addresses many of the challenges presented by those who oppose the differentiated instruction model. For an overview of differentiated instruction, see my post on What Is Differentiation Really? and The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. Having worked with some of the most severely challenged students for the vast majority of my teaching career I have found … Continue reading Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?
The idea of robots in a classroom is likely to cause you either a feeling of excitement or dread. Perhaps you, like Elon Musk, are worried about some future robot armageddon brought on by the artificial intelligence that will enable the bots to harm your digital information, take your job, or endanger your personal well-being. Perhaps though, … Continue reading 8+ Ways to Bring Robotics To Your Classroom
After doing quality reviews of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for a few schools I began to realize a few things. The first is that a well written IEP should really give you a sense of who a student is on a personal level in addition to informing you of their academic needs and progress. There … Continue reading 6 Tech Tools to Improve IEP and Special Education Services
BACKGROUND There are few students I have met that don't enjoy art to some degree whether it's full-on finger painting or just doodling in a notebook. The only question is what form that ‘art’ takes. It might be photography and selfies, sculpting clay, graffiti, or cutting up pictures in magazines. Most students also enjoy the concept … Continue reading Digital Art for Students: No Photoshop Required
You can read the related posts on the Teaching Your Children & Students About Tragedy, Teaching Your Children & Students About the 2nd Amendment, The Problem With Kids Today Is…, and 12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning. The BackgroundNearly every aspect of American society has become overtly politicized (for good/for … Continue reading School Un-Safety: Can Classrooms Be a Safe Space In a Nation Where Shootings Are Commonplace?
Expectations What do you expect to finish that sentence? Should we blame violent movies and video games, that 'misogynistic hip-hop music', poverty, the lack of discipline, selfishness, cell phones and the internet, or just good old-fashioned godless heathenism? Is there any truth to any of that or does it just 'feel right' compared to our … Continue reading The Problem With Kids Today Is…
There are so many things outside of our control as a teacher. We can’t control the poverty level of our students, or the education level of their parent, or whether that parent is too busy working to feed their kids to meet with us. We can’t change any of the tragedy they may have happened … Continue reading 12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning