What Is Learning?

What is Learning? Thrown out casually during a teacher conference and then immediately forgotten, but it lingered with me. I heard the initial “transmission of information” definitions around me and shook my head. Saying that learning is simply information transmission is like saying killing is a physical effort that ends…

You Say You Want A Revolution?

... well you know, we all wanna save the world.Thoughts from ECOO 2011: You say you want a digital revolution in education?  Is your perfect classroom a one screen per child?  Do you rage against the bureaucracy and hate that this isn't happening fast enough?There is a lot of excitement and optimism…

Technology As Distraction

Tech In Ed link We have more computer access now than we've ever had before, both in and out of school.  We have more internet access now than ever before, both in and out of school.  This is all simple fact... The full non-twitterized quote was, "Great, I couldn't find…

Machine Learning

I listened to the Khan Institute TED talk the other day, and can see how a system like that could be flexible enough to adapt to each individual learner while giving the teacher fantastically accurate feedback on where problems lie and how to address them. A future like that looks…

Digital Serfs

This topic has come up before, but I've been rehashing it in my mind over the past day or two after having a twitter-talk with @innovativeedu.She posted a blog on using Facebook in class. Before last semester, I would probably have read it, nodded, and moved on.Last semester I found…

The Lab That Isn’t A Lab

Originally published way back in 2012 when I had the comp-tech department land on me with 3 days notice!  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-lab-that-isnt-lab.html I'm teaching Computer Engineering in a school computer lab.   It's the nicest lab in the school, and I don't want it any more. I recently described it to my…

Setting the Stage

I somehow managed to fanangle my way into an Edtech symposium this week on the sustainable development of digital technology in education. Amidst former deputy ministers of education, board CIOs and other provincial education types I got to see the other side of the equation.This year as head of Computers/IT…

Get off the Bus and Drive

The transition from institutionalized, single platform education technology to a decentralized model is in full swing at our school.  I'm getting blow back from various teachers who want things to remain as they've always been.  I don't think they mean ditto machines, facsimiles and telegrams, but they might.  There is always…