Our school recently made the switch to Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Although Stephanie and I received some surface level training on the project in our previous school, this has been the first time that we have been asked to follow the program with a high level of fidelity. Like with any … Continue reading Ways to Enhance Reading and Writing Workshop with Technology
For those of you that regularly follow educationrickshaw.com - by the way, we just celebrated our one year anniversary with our most views ever! - you'll know that we talk a lot about blended learning environments. As I've discussed in earlier posts, there is no point in going digital if it is simply a digital … Continue reading 5 Traditional Teaching Practices Enhanced By Technology
Part of a technology coach's role these days is to convince teachers that their job description has changed. The industrial model of education is well past its expiration date, and the generation of students born today are going to graduate into a world that will look completely different than our own. In order to train … Continue reading What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look, Sound, and Feel Like?
I wanted to share this Infographic by MIND Research Institute today, as it confirms some of my experiences with digital manipulatives in my classroom. My biggest takeaway from the infographic is the idea that you can scaffold the concepts by first starting with physical manipulatives (we do learn with our bodies!), and then transitioning to digital … Continue reading The Power of Digital Manipulatives
The connected teacher of the 21st century has a need for speed. The following are 5 MacBook keyboard shortcuts that I find that I use everyday to get the job done for my class. #1 Emoji Keyboard The emoji keyboard shortcut not only allows teachers to communicate with students in fun ways as they learn … Continue reading 5 KeyBoard Shortcuts Every Teacher Needs
Most schools have a HelpDesk system for faculty to get help in a number of ways. My school has one such system, and I am constantly using when I need assistance with maintenance or our school's IT systems. The reasons for using these HelpDesk systems are obvious: They are a way to organize and timestamp … Continue reading Why Students Need HelpDesk Too.
Don't wait for your school to develop your tech skills. Settle into your couch and educate yourself! I've talked before about how teachers need to be given the opportunity to play around with edtech tools in order to be able to envision how they could be used in a classroom. The same goes with students. This … Continue reading The Couch Potato Approach to Educational Technology
It might come as a surprise to some teachers that all it takes to replicate the green screen effects that we all see in the movies and on the news is a free green screen app and some green butcher paper. Once I put up my own DIY green screen in my classroom, my students … Continue reading 5 Quick Projects That Make Use of Green Screen
Student-led conferences are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. They provide another opportunity for students to take control of their learning. The thing is, before public, shared, nonlinear digital portfolios, it made a ton of sense to bring parents into the classroom just so they could flip through the pages of their child's … Continue reading A Different Kind of Student-Led Conference
After reading the above tweet, I've been thinking a lot about this idea that we may very well spend too much time talking about what we should teach rather than how we should teach. And the more I think about it, the more I crave conversations that concern the how of education. Learning-focused conversation is learner and … Continue reading “The What” vs. “The How” of Education