• foxm wrote a new post on the site And so it goes… | 2 years, 3 months ago

    Final Project Reflection

    Maybe it’s a lack of vision. Or perhaps unrealistic implementation. Either way, I have demonstrated yet again that there is a lot to learn from failure. I wanted to leverage technology to create a virtual,

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    Hey Rock, yeah, I thought Pariser gave a great presentation…especially when he called out the Google and Facebook folks in the audience to acknowledge their culpability in this insidious process. (On a side […]

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    Ha!!!! You can’t say you didn’t know that Rock was fast and slick! But you have to remember, Michelle, that life on the internet is all about recency, not primacy! Jeff said something about the average life of […]

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    These look pretty cool, Ms. Maguire! I want to see how you did this in Camtasia. Congrats on this and being done!

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    Great job, Alli! Really cool to have access to this…despite having missed it by a day so listening asynchronously. Love that you hooked into Tunisia, too!

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    What will the classroom of the future look like. With MOOCs, iTunes University, and other surrogate content providers changing the nature of how information moves, the classroom will need to be different. I certainly believe flipping will be a major component of the future. But the teacher will only be obsolete if they make themselves [...]

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    Jennifer, It’s funny you included the Kitty Genovese case and the subsequent field of psychology concerning the “Bystander Effect” as Wally and I just taught this concept to the HL Psychology kids on Wednesday. We used the same London Tube station video to have them recognize the “five factors of bystanderism”. Your other video clip [...]

  • Could I function in my classroom without my computer?  I don’t think so.  I use it every day, all day, in every class.  All my materials are digital (and so far I have only printed 120 sheets of paper for my 85 students in just over a month of school).  This means that I’m on trajectory [...]

  • Great, Eric. Hysterical. I sometimes wonder if IT will become a new form of social ill, like smoking, that gets banned in restaurants and public buildings. Maybe that’s not likely, but I have heard that one of the reasons they have not opened up cell phone service in airplanes is because they fear the social [...]

  • Without a doubt, the single most revolutionary idea I have heard in nearly 20 years of teaching is the flipped classroom (reverse instruction) model. Embodied in any “revolution” is the promise and terror of that word. Destruction and Recreation all at once. Om, Shiva! Ugh!!!  I just lost four paragraphs!!!!!  Technology giveth and technology…[Read more]

  • I like your concept of “camouflage” as a synonym for Jeff’s “embedding” or the traditional and somewhat cyber-evocative “integrate” (for some reason I think of Steve Austin). However, I am concerned about what it is that our students are getting 10,000 of hours practice with. Gladwell mentions the Beatles time in Hamburg as the source [...]

  • I have been thinking about the semantic debate that Jennifer has noted regarding the descriptors of “integrate”, “embed” and her addition, “camouflage” as ways of “infusing” ( ISTE language ) technology into education.  The constructivist underpinnings of this desire to empower students with the tools to make meaning are noble and encouraging,…[Read more]

  • foxm commented on the blog post Extended Hiatus | 2 years, 10 months ago

    As one of the avid fans, I must say, it’s been a while. Glad to see you’ve been keeping abreast of world news as we head into this most political of seasons. I have to agree with you that pushing the limits of technology really leaves one hanging. I’ve embedded so many video clips into [...]

  • I honestly don’t know. I find most talk of IT integration to be alternately high-minded and clueless. What is one to make of “Model Digital Age Work and Learning” if the meaning of these terms is still open for debate? We’re currently working at a school that has eagerly gulped down the 1:1 Digital Kool-Aid and [...]

  • For several years now I have shown the 1995 film Dead Man Walking to my students towards the end of our unit on ethics. We’ve already discussed the ethical theories espoused by Plato, Aristotle, Bentham, Kant and Mill and as I know most are heading to the US for university, I ask if they know [...]

  • Becky, I think you do a good job with this PPT. I mean what is it that students are to get about buoyancy, density, and displacement? The value I see is to see each slide as an opportunity to more deeply embed a concept (especially an abstract one) into the students memory. Metaphor and analogy [...]

  • Evolution has programmed us for visual acuity, especially when it comes to movement. Listening has never triggered our reptilian fight or flight alertness as any lecturing teacher with any self-awareness has known. And as our students are increasingly weaned on hyper-kinetic levels of movement, we must acknowledge this and differentiate…[Read more]

  • Fabulously fascinating, Jennifer! It is utterly mesmerizing stuff. I love the description of it as a synesthetic experience. If we are, by nature, visual creatures, the activating multiple modalities can generate some emergent properties with something as mono-modal as music. You’ve got me thinking about posting about a recent study suggesting an…[Read more]

  • Funny one, Steve. Digital is as unnecessary as album, record, and now even disc. They are the slide-rules of our generation. I am curious to run this little check with my seniors. It’s interesting because they are the first year I’ve had students with laptops as the wave the began three years ago finally crested [...]

  • I have taught a unit on media literacy within TOK for several years now.  While the IB doesn’t include visual literacy in the TOK diagram and syllabus, it is such an essential application of critical thinking in today’s highly mediated world.  Neil Postman, of whom I have written about before, is our key text for [...]