Prior Knowledge and The Flow of Learning

Engagement A friend gives you free tickets to an upcoming concert.  Although the group is fairly popular, you are not familiar with the artist’s body of work.  Assuming you elect to go, what do you do next? Between now and the day of the concert, here’s betting that your old pal Google comes into play [...]

From Day One: Information Literacy In Core Content

Establishing tone I believe information literacy is the responsibility of all content teachers.  The following piece is a bit about how I tend to kick off a new year, and how to easily aim at info literacy from very early on.  As I have said here before, I do not like to go shy into [...]

On Sandboxes and Classrooms

Backyard classroom Have you ever wondered why we build sandboxes for children?  That’s exactly what I did today.  Today I wondered while wandering about the yard, putting the finishing touches on a landscape and backyard garden update.  I wondered long and hard about the role of play in learning new things.  In between digging holes, [...]

Facilitating A Squirrelly Strategy

Find The following video was recently posted by a colleague on a nascent district network that will go “public” in a few short weeks.  In what I see as an emerging “best practice” in setting up and facilitating online networks, we are busy adding rich instructional content prior to inviting members.   In other words, [...]

“It’s Not About The Technology”

Refocus I’m certainly not the first person to utter that sentence in reference to the integration of modern technology into the world of education.  This was originally posted to our school’s professional learning network, Virtual Southside, here. *Full size image linked in citation below. Then what is it about? Folks… our mission really isn’t about [...]