Independent School magazine has published an article I recently wrote based on Dr. danah boyd's book, It's Complicated. It's an important read for parents, educators, and others who care about kids. "While much of the rhetoric around teens’ use of social media is cloaked in language of fear, boyd argues that fearmongering is unnecessary and, … Continue reading The Kids Are All Right
Dr. Katie Davis's session today at the Learning and the Brain Conference shared some of the findings and highlights from a book she wrote with Howard Gardner, The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy and Imagination. Because I misread the schedule, I showed up a bit late to the session, so my notes focus on the … Continue reading The App Generation
In her demo lesson today, Lacy led us to consider the ways in which technologies affect our writing. Given just that description you might imagine that we had a heated debate about cell phones in the classroom or a how to session on Prezi. Instead, we explored some older technologies.... Lacy distributed different types of writing … Continue reading Making the Familiar Strange
I'm so glad you asked 🙂 This year in addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade history and an Upper School US History class, I will be the ITF for the middle school history department. ITFs (that stands for Instructional Technology Facilitators) are part of the newly formed ITT (Instructional Technology Team) at our school. … Continue reading What’s an ITF?
As a gift to myself for being productive during my morning planning period, I went to Starbucks yesterday afternoon to spend a few minutes with Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. I got coffee, settled into one of the armchairs, and started reading. I was peripherally … Continue reading Alone Together
Three weeks ago I handed over my phone and computer to a friend for Thursday night to Saturday night. (The time corresponded with Maundy Thursday through the end of the Easter Vigil.) I don't have a TV or landline, so with the exception of the radio, it was pretty monastic. I avoided showing up at … Continue reading Lessons Learned
For one of his classes, Dean Shareski is asking students to interview teachers who are also intentional about being learners. I just finished responding to one student's questions and thought I'd post my answers here. Thanks to Chantelle for the great questions! How do you go about getting your students on the right track with … Continue reading Interview with a Learner
This post was inspired a question Kelly and Todd asked on their blogs- What are 5 things you would do in education/the classroom if you were brave enough? Before I answer the question, I think it bears saying that anyone who teaches is already brave. Standing in front of and alongside of teenagers or children everyday is … Continue reading I’d Be Brave as a Blizzard