When, Not If, Your Tech Becomes Obsolete Whatever tool you’re currently using… it will become obsolete. It will change, update, or not exist anymore. You’ve invested all your time into getting your curriculum into ___ and then you have to start over. An update eliminated your favorite feature or the interface is totally different and you can not find your way around.… Read More »I WANT My Tech Tools to Become OBSOLETE
The Faster I Type, The Faster I Am Done Keyboarding was possibly one of the most useful classes I ever took. I remember in 8th grade being mad that I had to touch type, it was slower than my 2 finger method. However, by the end of the class literally my classmates would stand around me and watch me type.… Read More »How Fast Do You Type?
A Whiteboard Per Group Sometimes the best tech is no tech. I love technology but students should also touch other things besides a screen. They should be moving around. However, the layout of the room has a big impact on how and if students are collaborating and discussing. I’ve proven this to myself time and again as I am always… Read More »Rolling Whiteboards – Get Kids Discussing
Taking Risks Guest blog post by math teacher Chelsea McClellan This year, I took 3 big risks in the classroom. I wanted student feedback on these risks. As I loop with my 7th/8th grade students, it’s always fascinating to get their insights, which are rich in diversity and personalization, so that I can make adjustments for their next year with… Read More »Risky Business Teaching Math by @marvelousmcc
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Jennifer Gonzalez (@cultofpedagogy) does it again with a brilliant blog post on improving learning. Previously I shared her post on Worksheet Packets where she identifies what a worksheet is and alternative ideas to using packets. We are all guilty of doing what was done to us as students, it is understandable. However,… Read More »Make It Stick – Ditch Ineffective Learning Practices
Frickin Packets by @cultofpedagogy I really enjoyed reading Jennifer Gonzalez blog post “Frickin’ Packets” where she not only defined a worksheet but accurately identified paper printed activities that are not terrible. I can not speak for any teacher prep program but the one I was in, but my program never addressed the worksheet or the worksheet packet. We did sample… Read More »Addressing the Worksheet and Packets – @cultofpedagogy
We Can and Must Do Better with Our EdTech Use Andy Losik blogged on a report on how Chromebooks are being utilized. Basically, low-level tasks and no creativity. It is essential that our students are able to communicate digitally and visually. The chart from the report in Andy’s post shows that the majority of use is with Google text documents.… Read More »Chromebooks: We Can and Must Do Better
Top Alice Keeler Blogs of 2017 New year… new blogs. However, here is a look at my top blogs from last year. Click on the titles below to link to the posts. 1. 6 Alternatives to Reading Logs by Shaelynn Farnsworth My #1 blog post of 2017 was not written by me! Thank you to Shaelynn Farnsworth for sharing alternative… Read More »Top 10 Alice Keeler Blogs of 2017
Who Does the Homework? Today my little sister Nancy turns 40, she is 14 months younger than me. Being one grade level apart the work we were asked to do in school was relatively similar. It was not uncommon for us to trade homework. I didn’t want to write Chaucer’s tales for English and she didn’t want to do the… Read More »Who Did the Work?
What Can We Learn from Games Games are educational, even if what we are learning is how to play the game. The problem is that, like lesson planning, designing a good game is hard. I like to have a few games on my phone that I can play when I’m waiting around for something… like to pick my kids up from… Read More »5 Things Teachers Can Learn from Bad Video Games
Digital Worksheets Is this the right question? What is the depth and rigor of that worksheet? Why is it valuable enough to want to extend to a new platform? Google Forms I can’t think of much things worse than scrolling through a Google Doc looking for what kids answered on a line. Instead, have students answer on a Google Form… Read More »How Do I Make This Worksheet Digital?
EdTech is Not Scary The world interacts digitally. We are failing our students by not helping them to be users of digital technology. As we debate the value of teaching cursive it is undeniable that students will be using technology outside of school in the real world. Integrating technology into our lessons is essential but this does not have to… Read More »EdTech is Not Scary: 5 Things to Start With
I Accept Late Work for Full Credit I saw this blog post posted on Twitter titled “I accept late work for full credit.” I really appreciated many of the points Dr. O’Malley presented. “If it is worth doing, its worth doing late” What is our purpose for teaching? It is so the students will learn. That is it. There is… Read More »Let’s Value the Learning
Images on a Website are NOT Public Domain It is essential that our students are able to communicate digitally and visually. However, this also means we need to ensure that students really understand copyright, fair use, creative commons, and public domain. There is a pervasive feeling that anything on the Internet is free, it’s not. If you did not write… Read More »That Image is Not Yours. Do Not Touch.
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