In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

For other content related to the 2018 ISTE Conference, check out 25 Insights From the ISTE Conference or What’s New With ISTE. Where It Was Right Recently Medium published an article titled Google, ISTE, and the Death of EdTech written by Belgian administrator Mike Crowley. It is a purposefully provocative title that ventures into the type … Continue reading In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

The Perfect Lesson Plan

Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

So let's begin with the basic premise that there is no one perfect lesson plan or format. That's simply because there are a variety of different needs across subjects, ages, and ability levels. The best lessons are personalized for the needs of your students, so some cookie cutter lesson is bound to be shortsighted. In fact, many of the … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

Innovative Leadership

20 Takeaways From the 1st Annual NYSCATE Digital Leadership Conference I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Annual Digital Leadership Conference sponsored by NYSCATE and the Educational Administrators Association. There were sessions led by Thomas Murray, author of Learning Transformed, Jason Green, the author of Blended Learning In Action; as well as notable administrators and educational … Continue reading Innovative Leadership

The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

I remember taking an online course about 21st-century learning about a decade ago about when MySpace started fading, so 21st-century. So it's been spoken of in numerous courses, books, and diatribes, so what could I possibly add (other than my sparkling wit and charm, he said sardonically). I suppose I just wanted to add my … Continue reading The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

What Is Differentiation Really?

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?

Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?

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?

12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning

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

16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms

For more information check out Is More Technology the Answer? As I have previously said, technology alone cannot solely solve all the ills of education nor should it be expected to. You may have heard of schools or whole cities that adopted 1:1 technology programs. Some places like Savannah and Mooresville have done it successfully while others like Los … Continue reading 16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms

Is More Tech The Answer? Questions Of Morality, Effectiveness, and the Role of Teachers and Technology in Learning

See more about the role of EdTech 16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms. Whether it's being slaughtered by clones or robots from the future, science fiction has clearly indicated that new technology is something to be approached with fear and trepidation. Even if it's not our imminent death, we should fear it for its … Continue reading Is More Tech The Answer? Questions Of Morality, Effectiveness, and the Role of Teachers and Technology in Learning

Cell Phones In School & At Home – Ban Them Or Use Them

The topic of whether cell phones should be allowed or banned in schools has been discussed ad nauseam across blogs and message boards over the last several years, so I hadn't planned on talking about it at all here (but it means I can link to a lot). Then a college friend who is also … Continue reading Cell Phones In School & At Home – Ban Them Or Use Them