All Blog Posts Tagged 'education' (50)

Fear of Failure

We have all seen people - not just our students or children, but friends and colleagues as well - who are afraid of failure. As Sir Ken Robinson points out, this fear of failure is tied to (but not the esclusive domain of) the crushing of creativity by structured education in schools.

I have certainly noticed an increase in this perfectionist attitude in students, but there is one small, seemingly insignificant indicator that really has me worried. Lately, my students have been leaving… Continue

Added by Ed Hitchcock on November 23, 2009 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

The Educational Value of Smartmusic

One of the never ending ironies in Public Education is this: Arts in schools get little respect.… Continue

Added by Andrew on November 1, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Prior Knowledge and The Flow of Learning


A friend gives you free tickets to an upcoming concert. Although the group is fairly popular, you are not familiar with the artist’s body of work. Assuming you elect to go, what do you do next?

Between now and the day of the concert, here’s betting that your old pal Google comes into play at some point.

What is the artist’s body of work? For me, iTunes previews would quickly come into the picture. I might… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 18, 2009 at 11:14pm — No Comments

To be in (the classroom) and feel out (of the classroom) for getting on (course)

My 7 year old really did not want the summer vacation to end. He has no interest in school. His 2-3 good friends come over and he goes over, so he doesn't need school to meet with them. He keeps complaining about how boring it is in the classroom and how he doesn't want to do all these boring things like to color, cut or glue. Not to mention read or write.

Considering how smart he is this is very sad.

We are talking about a child who knew all the alphabet by the age of 18… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on September 14, 2009 at 5:08am — No Comments

On Sandboxes and Classrooms

Have you ever wondered why we build sandboxes for children? That’s exactly what I did today. Today I wondered while wandering about the yard, putting the finishing touches on a landscape and backyard garden update. I wondered long and hard about the role of play in learning new things. In between digging holes, sinking plants, and spreading mulch… I took short breaks to watch my two year old daughter play with sand. This backyard classroom is every… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on August 31, 2009 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

Time for School Series (Wide Angle documentaries)

I just finished watching episode 2 of this series, Back to School, which, along with original 2002 Time for School broadcast, can be watched in their entirety online. Part 3 is coming in September. I'm really glad I watched.… Continue

Added by Ellen Pham on August 20, 2009 at 11:36pm — 1 Comment

If Textbooks Go Digital, Do We Lose Deep Learning?

It really is a fascinating time to be living and to be an Educator. Why? Because it's all changing. Quickly, too- '21st century skills', 'flat world', 'long tail', digital distribution', 'Google everything', 'wikis', 'mashups', 'twitter', 'learners as content creators', 'digital 'text'books'-these are all 'recent' inductees into the lexicon of Education professionals… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 13, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Facilitating A Squirrelly Strategy

This post features a video that a colleague recently added to a developing district-level instructional network. If nothing else it will give your day a lift. If you are willing to view the video with "The Case for Constructivist Classrooms" in mind,… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on August 2, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Spheres of Influence

How fun is this?

Three years ago I moved into a position of instructional coach for my building. The majority of my days are now spent as a content-generalist coach focused on helping teachers improve pedagogical skills. Our opt-in model keeps the conversation focused on one thing: pedagogy as opposed to content. This is a very smart model for honing in on the “P” sphere of Mishra & Koehler’s TPACK framework. However,… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on July 6, 2009 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Texting and Twitter: The Dark Side

Here's something I don't read or hear discussed much:

There is fundamental difference between how a 30, 40, 50, 60 year-old professional and a tween or teen might choose to use social networking tools. Same is true for any of the media sharing sites we have at our disposal. A professional person (a postgraduate with a job and real life responsibilities)… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 24, 2009 at 11:01am — 10 Comments

Games are the new School

Original post here and I welcome your comments.

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Games development is slowly becoming a central and one of the largest global industries. Right after our basic human needs, where satisfaction and esteem start, and self-actualization follows, right there you will find games. It’s not news that games promise entertainment, and looking at cubs playing you can easily deduct the relationship between play and… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on June 15, 2009 at 5:02am — 3 Comments

It's About Connection

As a middle school teacher, if I have learned anything about being an effective teacher, I have learned it's all about connection. Not connection with 'the class' because there's no such thing as 'the class'. The connection(s) you must cultivate are those between you and each and every student.

Students will largely forget what you say to them but they will never forget how you made them feel. Connection offers the opportunity for you to build… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 8, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Students Seeking Relevance In Education

Ben Grey raises one of the most fundamental questions regarding our present situation:

What are we doing for students accomplishing their most amazing feats of education outside the education system?
Information has become decentralized.… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 5, 2009 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Pedagogy Lessons from a 3-Year Old

My son, who is three, has a new hobby of building elaborate "mouse houses" on our (king size) bed with all the pillows and blankets within 20 sq. feet.. These houses appear to serve as cushioned bunkers 'just in case' the Big Mouse should come along and, well, SCARE us. The Mouse House building is important stuff with speciifc technical details that I am not privvy to no…

Added by Andrew on May 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

A facilitator or a teacher?

Which is it? A learning facilitator or a teacher? Which of those would better serve the future of education? The future of today’s students? ....

My full blog post is here:

and it is following the blog post by our member, WMChamberlain… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on May 18, 2009 at 9:26am — No Comments

Digital Storytelling

(cross-posted from Inventing Learning)

This morning, I found this amazing presentation about using Digital Storytelling with students via the Fireside Learning Community.

Check it out.…


Added by Gerald Ardito on April 11, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Extreme Collaboration

(cross-posted from Inventing Learning)…


Added by Gerald Ardito on April 11, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

May 2, 2009 MIT Conference: Learning in a Participatory Culture

Announcing our Spring conference:

Learning in a Participatory Culture

At NML's May 2nd conference, we will share our new web-based learning environment, the Learning Library, and host a series of conversations and workshops about the integration and implementation of the new media literacies across disciplines. Workshops include "The Complexities of Copyright: Shepard Fairey v. the AP," "Mapping in Participatory Culture: Boundaries," "Using Wikipedia in the Classroom" and many… Continue

Added by Erin Brockette Reilly on April 2, 2009 at 11:33pm — 5 Comments

Go to the Source!

Many of us are interested in using primary sources in our work and the work of students. I am especially reminded of our friend Nancy Bosch and her excellent work with students as shared with us in A Very Old Place. Many of us would like to use primary sources in teaching our students. We may need a bit of guidance, so I would refer you to Nancy's blog and the efforts of… Continue

Added by Sheryl A. McCoy on March 29, 2009 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Attack of the Septapus -or- Why are you doing this to my kid?


Lately, my students and I have been studying not only the effectiveness of biological illustrations, but also the efficacy of their own illustrations to personally enhance the knowledge of abstract concepts. As well, I have been engaged in some short but interesting discussions with Dr. Mishra at MSU concerning the validity of visualizations. None of these interesting interactions, however, hold a candle to those between… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on March 9, 2009 at 1:26am — 3 Comments

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