Education as Container

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As a profession, and as an experience, K-12 education in the U.S. is containerized. There are containers that delineate roles:  administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents.  And that’s just a start. There are containers that represent experiences:  classrooms, instruction, assessment, curriculum, bell schedule, the school year, and professional development. It’s even possible to represent a […]

Denaturizing Learning

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I’m sure everyone reading this has fried an egg. If you haven’t, you basically heat up a skillet, add a little butter, crack the egg into the skillet and wait a couple of minutes, flipping it once. You’ll notice that there is a yolk and some clear gel-like substance when the egg is added to […]

The New Computer Lab

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Walk into any school and you’ll see them. A room filled with desktops and monitors arranged in rows…the computer lab.  Everyone reading this knows the story:  As a teacher, you decide you need some computers, you sign-up for the lab, take your kids there and they start computing.  Such a model has been in place […]

Are You Designing for Mobile?

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Worldwide, more people have access to smartphones than toilets… When you design learning experiences that include technology, do you design with mobile technology in mind?  I’m talking about all types of tools that comprise a mobile ecology:  laptops, tablets and smartphones. If you are a 1:1 school, or a BYOD school, are you intentional about […]

Think Bigger

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How big do you think? What constraints limit your practice and how you think about education and learning?  Do you consciously try to reduce or remove those barriers and boundaries by being a learner? And when you look at new things, new opportunities, what do you wonder about?  What’s your first question when you see […]

Teacher as Learner: I’ve Got Questions

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Your school makes a major move, a large scale disruption away from normal. How will teachers get ready for this?  What’s the conversation surrounding that change sound like? You hear things like:  When will training occur?  Who will be doing the training?  Will I get paid for attending the training?  Is training mandatory? How much […]

Are Your Students Ready?

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One of the first questions asked when a school goes 1:1 is about how they will prepare teachers for the big change about to happen. I’m wondering if the better question would be about preparing their students. How comfortable are your students with the way in which learning now occurs in your school? Do they […]

The Culture of a Learning Experience

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If you were asked to identify the most important elements of your school’s culture, what would they be?  I’m talking about the things that make your school your school, the things you are most proud of. Take a minute and write down your top three. Your answer is important.  Perhaps you wrote about how students […]

Your Climate Your Culture

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The climate and the culture of your school are not the same thing. The culture of a school is represented by its shared beliefs, it’s ceremonies, its nuances, the traditions, and the things that make the school unique.  School culture takes a great deal of time to create.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  It happens over years. The […]

The Six Factors of Sticky

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A number of years ago I did a keynote at TechForum Chicago on The Seven Factors of Sticky.  In the presentation, I explored what was required to make some type of new technology “stick,” and become an essential contributor to learning.  In this post, I’m revisiting the idea, and updating it (now 6 ideas) to reflect […]