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 please… Continue reading Google Step Up

How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday

“The trick is to downsize — not demolish — your family’s reliance on technology over the holidays. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.” Just in time for the Winter Break, Common Sense media have created a succinct, useable resource for planning and enjoying the time off together with your family. One of the things that… Continue reading How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday

Learning Creative Learning

Next week Mitch Resnick and the folks at the MIT Media Lab are kicking off another round of their terrific online course and community: Learning Creative Learning. I have already signed up and am excited to be joining other creative people around the world in this great learning and sharing community. Read the summary below… Continue reading Learning Creative Learning

Scratch and Friends

Scratch, the drag-and-drop visual programming language from MIT, continues to grow in popularity among teachers and students. The statistics tracker on the Scratch website shows: 18,688,109 projects shared, 15,314,275 users registered, 97,400,962 comments posted, 3,069,067 studios created Students are creating, sharing, and remixing Scratch projects…and universities are remixing Scratch itself, building and sharing new flavors of… Continue reading Scratch and Friends

Can You Tell Fake News From Real? : NPR

“Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there,” the researchers wrote. “Our work shows the opposite.” Stanford researchers assessed students from middle school to college and found they struggled to distinguish ads from articles, neutral sources from biased ones and fake accounts from… Continue reading Can You Tell Fake News From Real? : NPR

Pencil-Pusher: A Satire

“I’d really like you to meet with the new hire. She comes highly recommended and we are lucky to have hired her..” “But?” “Well, she really needs some help with pencil skills.” “How can she be an excellent teacher if she can’t use a pencil?” I already knew the usual responses to this question: She is from… Continue reading Pencil-Pusher: A Satire

10 places where anyone can learn to code

Mitch Resnick says what everyone is thinking: The so-called “digital natives” are good users of technology when it comes to text, chat, and games…”but that doesn’t make you fluent.”

Empowered Use Policy from Scott McLeod

I have long struggled with the existence of lengthy, prohibitive Acceptable Use Policies which serve only to provide the illusion of CYA for schools/teachers while having a chilling effect on teaching and learning with the tools we are putting into teacher and student hands. In my own work with a 1:1 laptop program I have been able… Continue reading Empowered Use Policy from Scott McLeod

25 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation

Originally posted on Learning Snippets:
Teaching in the online environment is quite different from teaching in the classroom and as such has a number of unique characteristics and limitations. The following guide (based on my experience as an online facilitator and learner) is designed to help you before, during and after an online teaching event.…

Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

So I read through Google’s Material Design site this summer and was wondering what these guidelines were for. Now we can see the first stages of a re-thinking of the Google Apps suite using several of these ideas. (https://www.google.com/design/)