You Get What You Design For: The Core Curriculum

Where did the curriculum used in the US for the last century plus, and now also in most of the rest of the world, come from? What were it’s goals? Why are the study areas so siloed and non-representative of the way the world works and of how we learn? This discussion in Marion Brady’s What’sContinue reading “You Get What You Design For: The Core Curriculum”

Teaching without Knowing, and Finding Problems to Solve

I’ve already written about one of the key paradigm shifts that I think needs to happen in education: education needs to be real. See “Online Education is not the Disruption.” Now for two more. We want our students to become expert learners, right? Well, how are we going to get them there if we never model advancedContinue reading “Teaching without Knowing, and Finding Problems to Solve”

Diigo for Language Instruction

Read on for a way language learners and teachers can use Diigo in a way that can seriously jumpstart authentic language learning exchanges. I recently taught a course to masters students in the GSTILE (Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education) TFL (Teaching Foreign Languages) program at Monterey Institute of International Studies. We didContinue reading “Diigo for Language Instruction”

Reflection on Persuasion – Teacher Edition

This post relates to an exercise we did in the Communication and Media Literacy course I offer to new students at my high school. We are beginning to look explicitly at persuasion, and began by discussing persuasion in general, using these prompts: Why do we try to persuade people? Who do we want it for?Continue reading “Reflection on Persuasion – Teacher Edition”

Reflection on Persuasion

This reflection on persuasion was done by me as part of an exercise in my Communication and Media Literacy class.  (You can find the Teacher Edition here). “On Persuasion” When I think about persuasion, I realize that we are always trying to persuade people to either do things or believe things. Often, it is ourselvesContinue reading “Reflection on Persuasion”

Measuring the Impact of Technology on Learning

Another post prompted by a query from a colleague at another school, who was looking for information on how to demonstrate the impact of technology on learning. Below are my thoughts To measure the impact of anything, benchmarking of pre-defined metrics is critical. Here are two primary areas where I think technology impacts learning, andContinue reading “Measuring the Impact of Technology on Learning”

Technology Idol Worship

A tech director colleague posted to a forum recently inviting feedback on whether or how he should re-institute a tech committee at one of his schools. Teachers there had requested it, but his trepidation is understandable, and here’s why: tech committees are part of the wrong paradigm. Focusing on technology is educational idol worship—it isContinue reading “Technology Idol Worship”

Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance (concise version)

(This is the relatively concise version of this post, relatively light on the preaching. To see the full post, with more preaching and more details about the challenge, click here). I’m sure this has been written about in a thousand other places, but I have some recent evidence to support the idea that small teams thatContinue reading “Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance (concise version)”

Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance

(This is the more detailed and slightly more preachy version of this missive. For the relatively more concise and less preachy version, click here). Assertions: Small teams that orient themselves in physical shapes conducive to communication will outperform teams that do not. This law of Team Orientation is best learned through doing, and not fromContinue reading “Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance”

Online Education is Not the Disruption

I recently returned from the first ever Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESES) conference in Southern California. Overall a pretty good conference, and on a topic that all schools need to be looking at seriously as they plan for the future. While I am interested in the topic of online education, and I thinkContinue reading “Online Education is Not the Disruption”