Life is too short to hate your job. Luckily, I’m not one of those people that do. I have the most fantastic job in the entire world - I am a teacher. Now you may be wondering why that is the most fantastic job in the entire world, after all we are under appreciated, underpaid, … Continue reading My Passion and Curiosity Quotient
I’m sure all of us have, at one point or another, been a victim of the ‘why’ game. You know, when someone asks you a question and you give and answer and the other person just keeps asking ‘why’ until you blow up because you don’t have a rationale for the meaning of life or … Continue reading The ‘Why’ Game
I find it quite serendipitous that the Pokemon GO craze is happening the very same week my EdTech program is exploring virtual and augmented reality. For those that are unfamiliar, Pokemon GO is an opportunity for users to “Travel between the real world and the virtual world” (The Official Pokemon Website). To play, users “move … Continue reading Pokemon GO: An Augmented Reality Game
“Digital media and networks can only empower the people who learn how to use them and pose dangers to those who don't know what they are doing. Yes, it's easy to drift into distraction, fall for misinformation, allow attention to fragment rather than focus, but those mental temptations pose dangers only for the untrained mind. … Continue reading The Power of the Network
One very popular movement in education right now is that of the maker movement. We spent our second week of the MAET program in Galway, Ireland exploring all that the maker movement had to offer. One of the most complex, interesting, and fun things we got to do was to experiment with various robots that … Continue reading Robots & The Maker Movement
The first step in determining your learning expertise level is to establish - what is learning? Many people tend to know when they have learned something, but they can’t often articulate the process of learning itself. By definition, learning is: the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught (google.com). In previous … Continue reading Are you an Expert or a Novice at Learning?
Close your eyes. Imagine a classroom with desks in perfectly straight rows, children sitting - hands folded - at attention, books stacked in a neat pile on the floor, and a teacher at the front of the room writing important information on the board. Sounds like a classroom from the 1950’s, right? Unfortunately, this is … Continue reading The Time Warp of Education: Teaching to the 21st Century Student in a 1950’s Classroom