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I saw the online letter above as a personification of all the things that America asks of its educators in the midst of pandemic. Apart from America I’m not sure who to credit it to. It is clear though, apart from other things America needs are lessons on punctuation and grammar. Beyond that I thought … Continue reading Teachers’ Letter to America
A protester flies an American flag while walking through tear gas on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) First Amendment freedoms are so often spoken of in relation to our American ideals, especially right now. Throughout the pandemic people have been furious about events being cancelled, about not being allowed to go … Continue reading Masks, Marches, and Mass: Teaching the Truth About 1st Amendment Freedoms
Should I remain quiet and simply listen to those who could better teach about the lived experience of inequity in America? Yes, because now is a time to listen. Should I speak instead up and join my voice to the chorus of those shouting for change? Yes, because silence is being complicit. Won't speaking risk … Continue reading A White Educator Discusses Racism…and How To Teach Students About It
There is so much to be concerned about, but there is so much to hope for too.
I love watching a good nature documentary, playing some brain games with my family, or binging on weirdly graphic Dr. Pol veterinary episodes even as I eat dinner. So I would clearly have a bias towards the wonderful work of National Geographic even I hadn't been obsessed with the magazines as a child. But I … Continue reading Nat Geo Is Wild About Learning
This is part of an ongoing series of posts on my experience in becoming a Google Education Certified Innovator. You can view the other portions As Well. Part 1: The PeoplePart 2: The Application Process & TipsPart 4: Taking Action So I hope it's clear that being allowed to take part in a Google Innovator Academy … Continue reading An Innovator’s Journey: Part 3-The Academy
https://youtu.be/wGeesJRDf2Q 2019 New Visions Throwdown So on the evening of the 31st, I presented on 21st-Century Learning at the 2019 New Visions Innovation Throwdown along with other educators. I will attempt to link the actual recording if that's possible, but here is what I covered. Below is additional information on related topics 21st-Century Learning: The … Continue reading Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown
In a city of a million students with only 15% being white, how much of a role should equity play in our choice for the "right" school? Are those extra efforts by parents part of the problem or just reflective of a larger issue?
It does seem strange that in my decade-plus of educational technology instruction that I have attended multiple national conventions like ISTE, but I had never, before this year, attended NYSCATE, New York's equivalent EdTech conference. There are a number of reasons for that. It's a 6-hour drive to Rochester in the cold close to Thanksgiving. … Continue reading 24 Insights From NYSCATE