The Iceberg: Getting beneath the surface of #edtech fears (#DitchBook)

About 90 percent of an iceberg is underwater. Like an iceberg, what reluctant adopters say may only be 10 percent of what they’re feeling. For anyone that encourages educators to try something new — especially with tech — there are responses that we often hear … I’m not tech-savvy. I don’t have the time to […]

Five questions to ask before assigning homework

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and we should ban it all the way across the board.” (This is a common misconception about the title of the book …) Homework is a contentious topic. Everyone seems to […]

Gearing Up for Hour of Code (GTT030)

Think of the most important languages students could learn to prepare them for the future. What makes your list? Chinese? Arabic? Spanish? (Deep down inside, my Spanish teacher heart hopes you picked Spanish …) What about code? Coding — the language used to create apps, computer software, anything on the Internet, etc. — is definitely […]

Deep thinking with G Suite (GTT029)

It’s easy to replace what you were doing in the classroom before with a technological version of it. Some would use the SAMR model and label it substitution: direct tool substitute with no functional change If you’re using all of this cool technology to do the same things you were doing before, it feels like […]

10 ways icons from The Noun Project can impact learning

Images are powerful and very brain friendly. The majority of people think in pictures — and some think exclusively in pictures.  At times, including photos, illustrations and other images can be considered silly and unnecessary in education — almost as if adding them is like putting up decorations in learning. Adding visuals to instruction and […]

Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom?

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions and versions of it on social media. I’ve even thought it myself. “This creative work takes a lot of time. Does it really give a return on all of that investment? There’s plenty of evidence that points to YES … […]

Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it can give students a first-person view of places all over the world — and let them “walk around” independently. Then came that inevitable question: “How do you make sure that […]