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June 20, 2012

Rethinking Teaching and Time with the Flipped Classroom

I'm doing one of my favorite tasks today: I'm running a Flipped Classroom workshop today at Shrewsbury High School. I love working with teachers about the Flipped Classroom, because it has a fabulous balance of pedagogy and technology. Specifically, it's a little bit about some very easy screencasting technology, and the majority of our time is spent thinking about goals, pedagogy and learning.

June 15, 2012

High School Researchers Document Life of Dachau's First C.O.

One of the best parts of working with teachers is that every so often, a former workshop participant will get back in touch with me and share some of the amazing work that their students are doing. This week, I was incredibly pleased to hear from Kevin Delaney from Wayland High School and learn more about his students' most recent project.

June 12, 2012

Preparing for a Deluge of iPads

From where I'm sitting, with one foot in research and one foot in practice, evidence continues to mount that schools and districts are making major iPad purchases at an astounding rate. In this post, I first want to share some evidence about the incredibly rapid adoption of iPads, and then share some things that I'm involved with to help educators make the most of this new technology.

May 27, 2012

Sharing the Big Ideas from EdCamp Dubai

Kevin Simpson and colleagues took me up on my offer to host reports from EdCamps around the world on this space. Here are some of the big insights from the very first EdCamp Dubai and the first EdCamp in the Middle East! Looking forward to hearing about many more in the future.

May 19, 2012

Transforming Professional Learning with Teacher-Led EdCamps

Today, over 300 educators will be gathering at the University of Pennsylvania for a day of sharing and learning, camaraderie and laughter, and deep reflection about the art of teaching and the future of education. There will be no keynotes, no vendors, and no authoritative or authoritarian leaders telling teachers what they should learn or how they should change. Instead, these educators will come together on a Saturday, develop a schedule for addressing topics that are pressing or passion-inspiring, and they will work together through the day to develop their craft, their community, and their profession. Today, is the third annual EdCampPhilly.

May 14, 2012

MaKey MaKey Makes the World Your Computer Interface

If you would like to use a hand of bananas to play the piano, play Dance Dance Revolution by jumping in buckets of water, or control Super Mario Brothers with Playdoh, then you need visit the Kickstarter campaign for MaKey Makey The MIT Media Lab is a place where people rethink our relationship with technology by remaking our relationship with technology. They are philosophers with soldiering irons.Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum are two such philosopher/tinkerers getting their PhD at the Media Lab, and they are the designers of MaKey Makey.

May 10, 2012

The Next Generation of Teachers Infusing Technology

I'm teaching an Introduction to Education course at MIT this semester, as part of their small Teacher Education Program to prepare MIT students to serve as K-12 educators. For the last few weeks of class, the students in class are teaching lessons to one another.

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