Community Trumps Content

Community Trumps Content

I was honored to sit down with Bob Greenberg while in New York recently to talk about my views on technology’s role in education. If you are not familiar with Bob’s work. He has been traveling around the world filming thought leaders on their views of education. His Brainwaves Channel on YouTube is worth a bookmark and some time browsing watching and thinking about where we are and we’re we need to head in education. I am so very honored to be video #114 on the Brainwaves...

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2,669 Downloads of Reach!

Thank you for helping to support the launch of my first book Reach. Here are the final numbers of the downloads in case you were wondering. This Blog: 2,151 U Tech Tips Blog: 77 Twitter: 403 LinkedIn: 1 Facebook: 37 Completely blew away any expectations I had on giving away the book. I appreciate your support, your comments, and your help in getting the word out about...

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Connection and Communities

Just finished up a full day at UNIS-Hanoi and thinking about where the conversations focused today. I spent the day talking with groups of teachers; Math/Science, Languages, Humanities, etc. We talked about my opening session and then got into some ideas on what learning looks like in a 1:1 tablet program that they have launched this year…how does it change the learning landscape for students? Collaborative Note Taking: A hot topic with all groups today was the notion of taking collaborative notes. During my opening session I embedded a gabbly chat into the handout wiki page and asked those that brought laptops to have a back channel discussion. Some found it empowering while others found it overwhelming. I did not give any guidelines, no instructions other than…go here and chat while I talk. We talked about how you might use a similar system within a 1:1tablet classroom. Where 3 or 4 students might take collaborative notes for the class in a shared OneNote document. Or you embed a chat and have two student moderators in the class to make sure the chat stays focused and on topic. Or use Google Docs that would allow the other students after class to go and add any missing information. Collaborative note taking is powerful on many levels, it allows students to not always focus on taking notes, it allows a student, like me, who is an auditory learner to not worry about taking notes but instead, focus in on the discussion, the ideas, knowing that I’ll have access to the notes after class. Face to Face time: We talked about this notion that I wrote about recently on what should face to face time be used for. That students can and should be finding the content outside of class and that face to face time should focus on the discussion around that content, about going deep in learning, in verifying information and understanding that teachers no longer hold the key to all the content. Release yourself of that duty, put that on them. Have homework be each student finds the best 5 sites and start your lesson around the sites they have found, have them be your researchers for content and use the face to face time to talk about the big ideas, the concepts, and the theories. Understanding Literacy: We spend time looking at how to refine a search. We talked about the Search Syntax...

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Web 2.0 Participation

I found this image at Personalize media. It is part of a post that is worth a read as well. Click on the image to enlarge and take some time to think about what they are talking about here. How does this apply to learning? Or does it? Where are our students? How do we get students to move through this continuum? Where should we be spending the majority of our time? Where should our...

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