Educational Technology Decision Making
“She walked up to the StarBoard with a banana and just started writing. She said, ‘Let’s say you were doing a health unit. Bring out a banana. Let’s say you were doing a unit on pumpkins. Bring out a pumpkin. You can write on this interactive whiteboard with anything.’ I thought: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, I mean even 8th graders would think that was cool.”
Yep. Writing with fruit and gourds. That’s solid pedagogy and clearly 8th graders find writing with bananas to be really “cool.” I’m sure I can find some research to back that up . . .
Greetings dear reader. I write to you again out of the desperate hope that writing this cements things I’ve learned better in my own head and maybe gives a person out there something that saves them some time or suffering or maybe just provides a kernel of an idea that they can improve on. That’s pretty much the blogging philosophy that’s kept me erratically writing for the last 130 years.14 or 15 years you say? Well. Time is an illusion and I’m pretty sure it’s been at least 100. It’s strange that I have to look back at YouTube, my email, my calendar, and the other posts I’ve written to figure out what I’ve done over the last couple of weeks. It all blurs and fades so fast.Yet my emotional memory of 8 continuous hours of zoom meetings persists like a festering wound. In any case, on with the show . . . FotoFika Continues The goal here was to let very busy reviewers review individual student artist cards. We already had the reviewer names. We were assigning certain people certain students. Why not make that all a direct link? It turns out you can use the normal Google iframe embed code and the pre-populate form fields together. You end up with something like this example. I made a little […]
When I was in 4th or 5th grade we lived in Columbia, South Carolina not too far from one of those man-made subdivision lakes.It still amazes me that I can just link that in. Despite that, it had enough fish and reptiles to keep me very entertained. One of the memories that stuck in my mind from the couple of years we lived there was seeing, and eventually catching, baby turtles. I spent several hours lying on my stomach watching the turtles, inching forward, scaring them away, and then waiting again hoping they’d bob up somewhere within arms reach. If you’ve ever tried to spot a tiny turtle’s head in the midst of duckweed, green algae, and assorted pond flotsam (no jetsam)I do not refer to the official nautical law meanings. Consider this poetic license. I felt pretty proud when I finally caught a few. I let them go and I washed my hands thoroughly when I got home. This was the second year (non-consecutive) I remembered to do this with my kids. It’s one of those things that’s easy to forget but I love seeing my kids enjoying what I once did. Plus, it’s still fun for me as well. We end up looking a bit odd I’m sure as, once again, we’re using a subdivision pond not far […]
We found this monster today. He’s a Hickory Horned DevilWhat an awesome name.. We researched him- learned about his habitat, that he’ll eventually become the regal moth, and the fact that he’s just about ready to burrow into the soil for pupation. We’ve found a lot of animals and insects this summer. Everything from tortoises to caterpillars- all by chance. They each led to more knowledge for my sons but more importantly they’ve increased their interest and curiosity about nature and science. That’s what I want out of schools. I want them to create more opportunities for teachable moments, more chances for kids to follow their passions and interests, more pathways and more flexibility. I want schools orchestrating chances for serendipity. What I see instead are multiple choice tests and many, many more multiple choice tests to prepare you for the final big multiple choice test. What little chance, individuality and spontaneity left is getting stripped out and we pretend to wonder why teachers quit and students are bored. Serendipity is the enemy of standardization. Serendipity happens when your class is out in the woods and finds a giant, terrifying caterpillar even though you’re supposed to be looking for leavesand in today’s climate you’re lucky if you even get to go in the woods because of liability concerns and a […]