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Straddling the Natural & Digital Worlds

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Making The Shift, Passion Based Learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 2 comments

My daughter’s world and that of my students is dominated by digital media. Within this new world is an abundance of knowledge, networking and possibilities that none of us yet completely understand. I know there is wealth here. Yet sometimes it seems that the screens are blocking our kids’ awareness of natural phenomena, in the same way I become distracted from friends and family when I have an iPad in front of me.

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The Flip: End of a Love Affair

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 167 comments

Many teachers who opt for the flipped classroom strategy are not pursuing a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, says Shelley Wright. The traditional model is simply being reversed — not reinvented. The lecture (live or on video) is still front and center. “Learning isn’t simply a matter of passively absorbing new information while watching a lecture on video,” she says. “New knowledge should be actively constructed.”

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation — Teaching US History in Six Weeks to 10 Students Around the World

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, The Teaching Life, Voices | 2 comments

Over the summer, Voices blogger Margaret Haviland taught her first online high school course — a survey of US History in six and a half weeks! Margaret journaled about her experience at her personal blog. We found her account rich in useful detail. Any teacher about to embark on a first-time online teaching experience will likely find Margaret’s narrative helpful, so we’ve posted excerpts here.

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My Mind-Mapping Classroom

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 8 comments

In this post I want to highlight my favorite Mind Mapping program – MindMeister — and talk about several ways I use mind maps in my classroom. If you think you might like it as much as I do, you can participate in an opportunity to get a free professional account for a year. (Editor’s note: Winners of the MindMeister giveaway are announced in the comments section of this post.)

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Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 19 comments

Embedded technology is not evidence of a transformational shift in teaching practice. It’s possible to embed technology into every aspect of teaching and learning and still have a completely teacher-centered classroom, with the teacher in control of what is learned, how it’s learned, and for the most part, how students show their learning.

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