New Visions Innovation Throwdown 2019

Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

https://youtu.be/yMAxAJNRDPc 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 7 Cs, 3 Rs, … Continue reading Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

CS Teachers Conference photos

24 Lessons Learned from the CS Teachers Conference

This weekend was ever New York City Computer Science (CS) Teachers' Conference, a day of presentations by CS teachers and partners with a gallery of presenters, breakout sessions, keynote speakers (like Chris Emdin), CS authors, and activities all organized by the Computer Science for All team. It was a wonderful opportunity for teachers to connect, … Continue reading 24 Lessons Learned from the CS Teachers Conference

Virtual Voyages-Part II: 4 Ways To Create Your Own Extended Reality Classroom Experiences

I explored the physical and societal ramifications of extended reality experiences as well as the instructional context for its use. If you want to dive into the what and why of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (collectively XR or extended reality) as well as best practices in the classroom, you can … Continue reading Virtual Voyages-Part II: 4 Ways To Create Your Own Extended Reality Classroom Experiences

Virtual Voyages-Part I: Why Extended Reality Matters In Education

This is the first part of a 2-part series exploring ways for teachers to create XR experiences for their students. Check Part II for 4 specific ways to build those experiences. Does Tech Matter? It seems that any education technology conference I go to, extended reality activities are what everyone is talking about the most … Continue reading Virtual Voyages-Part I: Why Extended Reality Matters In Education

Changing The Game: Using Minecraft to Address 21st-Century Learning For Student With Autism

This post was originally a guest post for EdSurge. Power of Play Renowned philosophers and educators throughout history, including Plato, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Froebel, Piaget, and Papert, have lauded the power of play in teaching, especially for young learners. Modern research continues to demonstrate that playful learning, especially when digital and multi-modal, improves educational outcomes. It’s baffling that I still have to … Continue reading Changing The Game: Using Minecraft to Address 21st-Century Learning For Student With Autism

Hands-On Computer Science: Robotics in the Classroom 2.0

In the past, I have shared how hands-on learning empowers students to learn actively in ways that challenge them to solve real problems rather than with contrived word problems or worksheets that lack rigor and incentive. It is effective in early childhood learning and at the elite levels of MIT's Media Lab. It is particularly … Continue reading Hands-On Computer Science: Robotics in the Classroom 2.0

The Latest From Minecraft EDU

I have long advocated playful learning for students that incorporate hands-on design and learning. I began using Minecraft in the classroom about 7 years ago because I saw it's potential for both of those. Then a couple of years ago Microsoft purchased Minecraft and created an education edition that I was eager to explore. I've … Continue reading The Latest From Minecraft EDU

2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

For more insight check out How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week and Responsible Digital Citizenship. So as we venture once again into Digital Citizenship Week I'm worried that the focus will, as it usually is, be placed on avoiding what is scary on the internet and all the problems modern students face in a digital world. While … Continue reading 2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

What’s New With Google EDU

On Google and Growing As An Educator Whether it makes you feel good, bad, or indifferent Google reigns in the world of educational technology. There are several reasons for that. Some of them may be about marketing. Administrators are happy that Chromebooks allow them to claim to have a 1:1 program for a small price … Continue reading What’s New With Google EDU