The Visibility of Learning

The ETMOOC orientation was really cool. Not because there was some grand proposition or revolutionary breakthrough. It was cool because it was honest and spontaneous. A bunch of people who signed up because of some mix of curiosity and interest in edtech. Most seemed to be MOOC first timers (myself included) and jumped into Blackboard […]

Reading Aloud is Awesome

Who doesn’t like being read to? Really. It’s a grand tradition that we humans hold dearly. Initially we did it orally, passing down stories to another generation of eager listeners, then we started recording stories. We are read to as toddlers and children, but it seems that at some point in our lives, it’s not […]

Two Weeks Later: Expanding Thoughts from #Embracing2012

Ya…this post might seem a little late, but that’s okay. It’s okay because I find that after professional development we (teachers) get all pumped up for the message, only to forget what we thought, felt, and got us excited in the first place; or we just didn’t implement anything in the first place. So for […]

Beginning Project-based Learning in the Classroom

What I Learned: PBL is about student choice, not the teacher’s. I can hear it already: *lonely clap* “Yeah, that’s the point man!” Now for me to elaborate on this groundbreaking material. First off, I’ve done considerable “planning” for this unit. As in: I’ve invested much time into the thought and production of ideas and […]

Bloodlands: A Lecture by Tim Snyder

The other day I had the had the fortune of seeing an excellent lecture by Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, in support of his book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. I’ll admit I just happened to see someone tweet a link about the lecture and I decided to go on a whim (I […]