When tasked with exploring computational thinking skills, I must admit that my first reaction was to question the practical application for those of us not teaching computer science. What role can computational thinking play when teaching history or English? It turns out that computational thinking can support problem-solving in a variety of subjects. We use
Project Based Learning (PBL) is one of the hottest buzzwords in education. The term brings to mind students hard at work researching or creating, groups crafting tangible projects worthy of display during Open House night, and teachers beaming as students take the lead in their own learning. PBL is a goal many teachers aspire to
Students frequently carry out informal research. They consult Google when not sure about a math formula or ask Siri what the weather will be like tomorrow. This research is quick and requires no vetting. For many students, this is the only type of research they’ve been exposed to. It should come as no surprise when
The Big6 Research Method is a framework to guide secondary students through the research process from developing a question to effective researching to presenting evidence of learning. It places an emphasis on the process over the result so it works wonderfully as a tool to build information-gathering skills. The following step-by-step guide takes students through
The vast majority of adults experienced school in a way much different than today’s students. We were passive learners. Our classes were dominated by teacher-talk and working out of the textbook. The main method of learning was outlining from a textbook or note-taking during a lecture. There was little opportunity to demonstrate the 4 C’s
Background For my culminating project for my Values, Ethics, and Foundations in Digital Education class, I was asked to assess the digital readiness of a school district by conducting an interview and then completing a report. In considering the questions to ask to gauge the district’s digital readiness, I was not sure if I
My Mission is To: Model and promote the responsible, legal, and ethical use of technology through my personal actions. Equip all students with the tools necessary to survive and thrive in our increasingly digital world. Share technological wisdom and best practices with fellow teachers via formal or informal mentorship. Use technology to bridge gaps
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