Tech Essays

  • Raising two little children the last few years put a pinch on my writing time. But today they can both dress, feed, and wash themselves, so I look forward to writing more technology articles this school year!
     
    Throughout this country, we talk of the importance of "love of learning," perhaps my least favorite cliche in education, although it has plenty of competition. But what does "love of learning" mean when student and teacher achievement is primarily measured with raw numbers? I can't think of anything further removed from love than using numbers to quantify it. Read more...
     
    Why Blog?
    When students blog at Edgewood it's an opportunity to practice skills and etiquette required in an online community, while sharing ideas, perspectives, and attitudes. For teachers, it's not only a means to assess student learning, but an opportunity to correct breaches of etiquette that if gone unchecked can become those infamous incidents that make tabloid news. Read more...
     
    In previous years, before Tweeters, bloggers, and YouTubers, the rest of the world might have carried on without noticing that somewhere in the world, innocent people were being forcibly removed from their homes and detained without due process. Read more...
     
    I've been reading a book called The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein. It contends that despite the many promises made of new technologies to revolutionize learning, they are more likely making our young people stupid...er.
     
    Reinventing the Wheel
    Today's children must be challenged to innovate and find imaginative solutions to problems in school and out. The time has come to create a generation of problem solvers who strive to think differently. Read more...
     
    I find that the key to positive learning is teaching basic skills, then giving kids time and opportunity to practice and discover. And when they discover, as a researcher, I learn so much. Read more...
     
    The future cannot be predicted with precision. It really isn't a distant point on the horizon, like Venus shining brilliantly just before sunset and rising predictably into the darkening sky. The future is more like Venus shaking off its gravitational orbit and visiting another planet or beginning a rapid descent on Earth. Read more...