Taking the Plunge (into tech ed)

Exploring technology in education

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  Yeah! After much careful coordination, I managed to get all of my students to successfully watch at home a video available on YouTube, the SchoolHouse Rock segment called “Elbow Room.” The video, made in the 1970s, uses a very catchy tune and fun, rolling, primitive animation to present a very cheery portrait of the […]

  Take a 7th grade boy growing up in urban Taipei and ask him to imagine the world of camels in the deserts of Pakistan. Kinda tricky. But give him a large library of real photos from the desert, and suddenly, it becomes much easier. Each year, I face this challenge when I teach the […]

We care more about the parts and less about the entire. We are into snippets and smidgens and clips and tweets. We are not only a fragmented society, but a fragment society. Linton Weeks, in the article, “We are Just Not Digging the Whole Anymore” Like Chris Fox, I, too, am going to be picking […]

Qwiki is a cool new tool that attempts to make the old-fashioned encyclopedia into a modern, visual creation. Essentially, it uses a computer to read aloud some basic information from Wikipedia about a topic while flashing related images across the screen. Although the current version is rough, I do think that this represents the wave […]

How can you be sure that your students have learned the skill or concept that you just taught in class? Assess them, of course! But waiting until the formal assessment comes along may be way too late. After all, if the student goes home with the wrong concept, they are likely to maintain that concept, […]

Wow! Such a cool video! Ya gotta see it! I found this link, among other places, in one of the blogs off my Netvibes page (principalspage.com). But the method of this video is itself one of the best ideas I’ve seen in awhile! It kept me engaged, and, I believe, taught me its basic concepts […]