Tag Archives: Powerful Learning

Levels of Technology Integration into the Curriculum – Florida Center for Instructional Technology

Levels of Technology Integration into the Curriculum This provides guidelines for  levels of  technology Integration from “Entry level” to “Transformation Level”.  The matrix was created by the Florida Center for  Instructional Technology.

Just Block Everything by Tod Nesloney (Texas Principal)

This is an insightful article on Technology in school.

The Passion Gap by Angela Maiers

The Passion Gap by Angela Maiers  I attended a number of workshops with Angela Maiers at the Christa McAuliffe Conference last November.  She has some really good things to say about passion in education.  She is not a fan of  an over concentration on “assessment,” “standardize,” “common core” and “pedagogy”.  If  Bill Gates and Thomas Friedman are so in favor of passion why to do they seem to so strongly support  the move toward one size fits all?  I doubt if they would would want to be in the classrooms they appear to support creating.  Am I missing something?

Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom by Elizabeth English

This is a very well written article on the state of modern education in the USA.  The solution is not more standardization and and testing.

Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom

The People vs Winter from The Poke

The storm is heading our way.  Should we be careful what we wish for?  http://goo.gl/wH7wf

Articles on Curiosity and Creativity in the latest Edition of ASCD

Here are links to some of the though provoking articles on creativity  in the latest edition of ASCD:

Uncommon Core

Assessing Creativity

Creativity on the Brink

Creativity Requires a Mix of Skills

Two Thoughtful articles about education in the USA

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System by Chris Hedges

Education in Obama’s Second Term:What Lies Ahead  by Gerald Coles


From Smart Blog on Education-12 Questions for 21st Education by David Penberg

These seem like the kind of questions that we as educators should be asking ourselves.

Slick Ways To Do Research in Google Apps (Docs) Driveo

These are great ways to track research information and images in Google Drive.  Works cited and photo credit links are autmatically tracked.



Midyear Reflection

As part of my staff development learning plan, I need to submit a midyear reflection on my goal of integrating technology into all curriculum areas.  This is what I submitted.

The 2012-2013 school year is the first full school year after the introduction of Google Apps.  Certainly more and more teachers are beginning to recognize how useful sharing, collaboration and working in the “cloud” can be.  The availability of Google has been a definite help in promoting technology integration throughout the district.  Blizzard Bags in turn have also helped promote an increased acceptance of Google.  I have been encouraged by the apparent assimilation of the technology guidelines throughout the building. For example, I find that most of our staff has begun to take the proper  attribution of  “free use” and “creative commons” material seriously.  Students have readily accepted the copyright guidelines and I have also noted an increased sense of engagement among those students who have been exposed regularly to Google Apps.  There is still work to be done to get all staff members on board. I still feel that we need to have a device that is available for all students at all times. Technology should not be something that we decide to do.  It should be available when it will enhance learning and it should be put aside when something else will accomplish that purpose more effectively. The issue is no longer technology per se, it is what we do with it.  It can modify or augment what we are already doing.   More importantly, it can redefine what we do in the classroom in a way that truly engages students and also enhances powerful learning.  I hope we are getting beyond “Oh look I’m using technology” to understanding that we now have the ability to do things that couldn’t be done before and that our students need to became productive and happy citizens of the 21st Century not the 19th.