It’s hard to attend an education conference, especially an EdTech conference, these days without hearing about Gamified Learning. As with any buzzword, it can be hard to tell the difference between a bandwagon worth hopping on and empty hype. It can be equally hard to pin down a definition, let alone best practices, for a … Continue reading Gaming the System
Conducting a Class with Leveled Groups If you were concerned about content coverage when we brought up the idea of self-guided learning, you may have nightmares about the idea of leveled groupings. In my experience, though, you don’t need to sacrifice coverage in order to allow students to work at their own levels. While it may … Continue reading Getting Started with Leveled Groupings
I recently met with a group of veteran teachers from “traditional” schools to discuss student-centered learning. Perhaps because most of the educators in my Personal Learning Network all seem to agree about the importance student-centered learning, I had expected to focus on the “how” rather than the “why.” While I feel there is a good … Continue reading Is Student-Centered Learning Like Opening Pandora’s Box?
There are countless ways to think about the role of technology in the classroom. If you ask educators to define education technology or describe its benefits, you’d likely get as many answers as respondents. How can we be strategic and effective in using technology if we are not sure of why we are using it or considering … Continue reading A Tale of Two Technologies
For the inaugural Blended Learners blog post, I decided to revisit a conversation that summed up for me both the opportunity and the challenge of incorporating blended learning into our classrooms. I was delivering a presentation on how to use Khan Academy to personalize instruction and generate data. Since I used to think that the best way … Continue reading “If the computer does all that, what are we supposed to do?”