Bedtime Conversations with a Minecraft Expert

Cross posted on Holtspeak’s COETAIL Advenure This evening as I was putting my son to bed I had a question for him.  “Did you know there are horses in Minecraft and you can ride them?”  “Yes”, he says.  “But I need a saddle to ride one and I can’t craft one.”  He then proceeds to…

On the Way to Work…Thoughts on Students Needs

Carpooling to work this morning teacher talk ensued. It came down to this.  No matter how much we talk about what we’d like to be doing, it always comes down to this:  The needs of teachers and administrators-vs-what teacher’s feel students really need. We had been discussing that the most effective approach one colleague could pursue, to improve…

Blogger and Google Apps in the Classroom – Some examples

Why Blog? (the short version) How can a blog enhance and redefine learning? Blogging and other online applications can be used to create learning opportunities for students in which they are able to build autonomy, mastery, and purpose within the context of school and their lives.  Research has shown that when people are given these three opportunities (autonomy,…

First Day

It’s amazing how leadership and vision can shape a school culture. This year my wife have moved our family from Asia to the Middle East.  We’re are in a new school and a new environment. The outside world is hot and dusty, and in a perpetual state of construction.  In a sense so is the…

Shift: A Final Reflection

As I sit and reflect after reading the final chapter of Alan November’s Digital Learning Farm, one thing comes to mind:  paradigm shift.  November gives a lot examples of teachers using forms of technology to reshape their classrooms, but really what is happening is that teachers are shifting from a traditional approach to a new hands…

Harnessing the Power of the “Share Button”

I believe the power and significance of the student as a Global Communicator and Collaborator is summed up in the following quote; “Everyday I have to decide if I will write for my teachers or publish to the world” Eighth grader talking about whether she will do her homework, or continue her work as a…

Presentation Zen

RETHINK from PEDH I created the above Presentation Zen for my fifth grade class as a reminder and re-introduction to the idea of RETHINK.  A concept that we are using to create digital stories about changing our consumption habits. What I like most about Presentation Zen is that it is simple in concept, but when…

Assignment 5: Digital Story Telling

Immediately I am drawn to how Sylvia Tolisano describes digital story telling because it is immediately apparent to me that this is another example of a great approach to teaching that has been redefined with technology.  As Tolisano points out, stories are inherent in all cultures, and contain knowledge and wisdom that needs to be taught and passed on. In my classroom when I teach…