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MOOCs for kids too

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When SLJ recently asked me to reflect on the edtech trends of the year, one of the trends that first came to mind was the emergence of the MOOC. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are about open, participatory, distributed, networked learning.  They are sandboxes for independent, lifelong learners. Folks have been talking about and testing [...]

Infotention and digital citizenship

Confessions: I used to be smarter. I used to be a better friend. I used to be able to get more done. I think the same may be true of my students. Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, describes the research [...]

CCSS and us

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success [...]

Discussing the future of the textbook. Add your voice!

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Despite a stupid broken knee, I’ve found a way to get down to Silver Spring, MD tomorrow for Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum. I am honored to be among a small group of teachers and thinkers I truly admire, but I am conscious of the fact that Karen (my dear generous friend and driver) [...]

Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test: In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the [...]

Kathy’s bloomin’ iPad

Thank you, Kathy Schrock, for creating this lovely new chart of free, content neutral apps aligned with levels and verbs suggested by the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.  So much to explore! Kathy’s work is inspired by Andrew Churches’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy blog and Leslie Owen Wilson’s Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.  To recommend additional apps, visit the form [...]