Get there with Google

The SAMR framework was proposed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a way to think about transforming teaching and learning with technology. Dr. Puentedura suggests that there are four areas or levels to consider: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. SAMR challenges educators to design meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students that include opportunities to leverageContinue reading “Get there with Google”

Resnick’s Four Cs

This week I have been re-reading Mitchel Resnick’s “Lifelong Kindergarten” and thinking about the teacher’s role in the classroom or other kind of learning/collaborating space. In the “Peers” section of his book Resnick outlines four Cs that he envisions for classroom teachers and Computer Clubhouse mentors: Catalyst: By asking good questions the teacher can provideContinue reading “Resnick’s Four Cs”

Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!

On January 2nd Scratch 3.0 was released by MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Program. This newest version of Scratch comes with some amazing new features: an update to the user interface which includes a single, scrollable code menu, the addition of Google Translate and text to speech, and micro:bit support to the Extensions code. IContinue reading “Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!”

From CSM: Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Does your child or teen play Fortnite or have friends who do? Are you looking for information about the game itself, why kids and teens like it, and whether or not it might be a good choice for your own daughter or son? Always a great resource for parents, Common Sense Media (CSM) have created a guideContinue reading “From CSM: Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite”

Outside the Skinner Box

The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. Moreover, if the gadgets are computers, the same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased towards its dumbest parts, namely the kind of rote learning in which measurableContinue reading “Outside the Skinner Box”

Planning a Student-Led IT Helpdesk

Summer is here and I am working through some plans from Spring 2018 for Fall 2018. One of the ideas that I am most excited about is a student-led helpdesk in the IT Department to provide assistance and hopefully inspiration to our staff and students. My first stop along this path was a visit withContinue reading “Planning a Student-Led IT Helpdesk”

What I learned from hosting Screenagers

A few months ago I was approached by a new parent at our school who wanted to know if our school community had seen and discussed the documentary Screenagers by Dr. Delaney Ruston. Although Kim and I had discussed this movie privately, I wasn’t sure our school and community had the interest or resources toContinue reading “What I learned from hosting Screenagers”

New Google Certified Educators

Last evening six of my colleagues sat down with me in the MS HS Library to take the Level 1 exam for Google Certified Educators. Four of them are High School teachers (two English teachers, geography, mathematics) and two are from our Early Childhood program (Kindergarten and Grade 2), including one Apple Distinguished Educator. TheseContinue reading “New Google Certified Educators”

Learning2 PreCon for Technology Leaders

Learning2 PreCon for Technology Leaders Learning2 Europe 2018 – International School of Luxembourg Technology Directors and coordinators work hard to strike a balance when articulating a school-wide vision for teaching and learning while also supporting the expanding, day-to-day needs of students, faculty, and their school community. As part of the Learning2 conference and experience weContinue reading “Learning2 PreCon for Technology Leaders”

Google Step Up

Google Step Up a free online course for international school educators There are lots of great ways to use G Suite tools in your teaching and learning to help your students collaborate, create and share. If you would like to grow your skills in a fun, interactive online environment with other international school educators pleaseContinue reading “Google Step Up”