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Learning to Walk

The following abstract came across my google reader today. What are the insights you’re seeing for learning/teaching in K-16 education? A century of research on the development of walking has examined periodic gait over a straight, uniform path. The current … Continue reading

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Why schools don’t change

You must go check out Ira Socol’s most recent post in which he links the slow progression of medicinal practice to educational change. I found myself thinking about Thomas Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions” & paradigm shift. In science, a … Continue reading

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Technological evolution, not revolution.

As much as people want to believe in the revolutionary power of technology, technology advance more closely resembles evolution than revolution because new technology is developed in light of previous technologies (McArthur, 2007). Usually, new technologies are simply a recombination … Continue reading

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Creation of what?

When we talk about the use of technology in schools we often note how the technology can be leveraged to increase students’ level of thinking.  Bloom’s taxonomy placed “creating” (used to be synthesis) near the top of the “thinking pyramid”. … Continue reading

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What does flipping miss?

First off, the flipped classroom is not so very new, but then again, not much is.  Consider the learning cycle.  This “flips” traditional instruction by starting with student exploration, then going into concept development.  The problem is in implementation.  When … Continue reading

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How we should use Khan Academy

Khan Academy is not going away.  So, how could we make use of Khan Academy? 1) As a textbook.  After students have had experiences and discussed ideas in class, I often gave students reading assignments out of textbooks (notice the … Continue reading

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First, do no harm.

Reputations happen. I usually develop a reputation for having a frustrating/difficult class.  Some recognize that they learn a lot. When I’m asked about why I choose assignments, activities, and assessments that are frustrating, I respond with two points: 1) Learning … Continue reading

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