Architect of the Future

I just read @banana29's "Emergence of Web3.0" blog on the immediate future of the web.  Web3.0, if Alanna is on her game (and I know she is), looks like the next step in managing our data meltdown.Last year ended with me in a dark and questioning place about the effects…

A Quiet Mind

A conversation a colleague tole me about a while back:   Teacher to student:  "You look pensive" Student: "No, I'm just thinking..."   *** Before the break we were discussing reflective reading practices in a senior English class.   Students had a real hate on for journal writing while reading.…

Photoboarding

Thanks to @fitfatman I now have a working term for an emergent student behavior:PHOTOBOARDING: an emerging student response of taking pictures of in-class notes from overheads or the board, rather than writing notes.In a senior academic English class we began a unit on short stories.  The instructions were complex and…

The Future of Tech IS Education!

TECH ENHANCEMENT: 2029THE OPERATING SYSTEMAn open source, education focused OS based on Linux, LinED was used around the world and developed continuously by legions of users.  You couldn't access the school internet without installing LinED.  Students installed it as a second OS on their computers and many ended up using…

Saving Us From Ourselves

When I see the vast majority of digital natives (something I've raged against previously) attempt to make constructive use of a computer in class, they are constantly sideswiped by how little they know.  Watching my students struggle with their own urge to pointlessness in a blended learning career studies pilot last year…

The Centre Cannot Hold

I stumbled across this interesting article on curiosity and the neuroscience associated with  it: "Encourage students to chase their own interests, cultivate curiosity.  It fires up brains and makes them better at remembering new information.  It also engages students in the best possible way." "When we’re hungry for answers, our…

If you don’t use the tools, the tools will use you

@GlblCanuck posted this on our school email today: I especially found the last paragraph interesting - a Silicon Valley execs reasons for sending his kids to a school where computers are not allowed in the classrooms.http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/26/why-digital-literacy-will-never-replace-the-traditional-kind/?iid=op-main-ledeI'm most of the way through The Shallows and thinking about this as well.At teacher's college one of…