Posts tagged technology
Thinking About the Risks of Tech in Schools

I’m highly skeptical of technology and deeply concerned with the proliferation of technology in our lives in general, and our students’ lives in particular. If you tell me “there’s an app for that,” my first thought is I probably don’t need it. Technology definitely makes possible things that weren’t possible before, but that’s not always a good or worthy end. We have to be thoughtful about what we bring into our lives and what we require our students to use.

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Frame It Up

As educators, we know that the we need to make class time count. When everything clicks, you’re connecting with your students, seeing the sparks fly and the watching eureka moments cross their faces. We know that the first few moments of class present a critical opportunity to awaken our students’ curiosity and get them hooked and paying attention for the duration of class. Equally important are the last minutes of class when you help your students bring it all together.

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Good Digital Citizenship Starts At Home

My partner and I both work for tech companies and have a front-row seat to assess the opportunities, challenges and outright dangers that come with living in an always online world. Our kids don’t have their own devices and our default approach has been to limit and supervise their media consumption. But while we want to protect them, we’re also quickly realizing that we need to teach them practical skills to be responsible, safe digital citizens.

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Combining Memorization With Critical Thinking

If you search for information on the pros and cons of memorization in learning, you’ll easily find a trove of vehement arguments at either end of the spectrum. That’s not altogether too surprising, as you can find articles to support almost any opinion.However, as with most things, there is a both/and. There is a grey area. The extremes are rarely the resting point of a good conclusion. Extremes help us challenge our own viewpoint or help us test the edges of a problem, but they are rarely the answer.

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