Year 2030

A vision for the future of education What will our world look like in 15 years? When looking ahead to next year on a Google Calendar, the ultimate warehouse of our professional, and personal schedules, one may see a few dates occupied by important things like weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays, an occasional conference to optionally … Continue reading Year 2030

Re-envisioning Practice in the Classroom: The “Big Shifts”

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, a book by Will Richardson, contains a chapter dealing with “Big Shifts” as a result of the read/write web. The tenth of these shifts outlines the responsibilities that will fall upon the classroom teacher to help make transitions away from the “chalk and talk” model education … Continue reading Re-envisioning Practice in the Classroom: The “Big Shifts”

Skype: What’s the Hype?

Skype has been a highly useful “go-to” tool for connecting and maintaining communication with people in my professional network. In the district where I teach, there is a distinguished alumni program which honors graduates of our district that have made substantial contributions to the world in their careers and personal lives. One such alumni, named … Continue reading Skype: What’s the Hype?

Connectivism- Does it support our students?

First, what is Connectivism? It is an idea that, although suffers some detractors, may basically be considered a learning theory that says the sum of our learning is related to and dependent upon sources from which a learner may obtain knowledge, or skills. These are all related to one another in a network of connections … Continue reading Connectivism- Does it support our students?

Wikipedia: 7 Things to Respect

In this article, "Wikipedia:Ten things you may not know about Wikipedia," written in on that site in celebration of their 10th anniversary and amidst what continues to be controversial times for this online entity, some points with real staying power are brought forward. Zooming in on a few of these, the vision of Wikipedia becomes more relevant … Continue reading Wikipedia: 7 Things to Respect