I recently started teaching junior high school and quickly realized that the possibilities for content are greatly expanded compared to the primary and elementary level. These young adults are mature enough to approach all sorts of ideas and they are ready to question your assertions and defend their beliefs. It is an invigorating and formative … Continue reading Higher Learning
Good questions are the backbone of every classroom. They initiate the best conversations and are mandatory for fruitful investigations, both scientific and artistic. I remember the simply revalation I had from asking a student, "Can you tell me more about that?" and having them pause a moment and then really think about what they had just … Continue reading Good Question!
I was reading an article for a masters course on technology in the arts and humanities classroom. The author, Kiran Subhani, describes in detail an activity that she uses where students interpret what is going on in a photo. For example, regard the picture below from 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner, Javier Manzano: First she would have … Continue reading What is Going On?
I came across a cool visual representation of Bloom's Taxonomy created by Rex Heer. It is a 3D stair-like structure that really drives home the way in which tasks and cognitive functions relate. I have written about alternative ways to view the ol' Taxonomy elsewhere, and I still believe in its utility. But I came across … Continue reading Is Magic More Than A Theory?
I am working on my Master's of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. I am about to wrap up a course that deals with the design of learning spaces. As a final project, my group designed a unit for Social Studies that deals with propaganda and the use of digital tools. You can … Continue reading Multimedia Lesson Plan
I recently became very excited about a discussion of educational gaming. Imagine, playing games for fun, but learning at the same time. Sounds crazy, right. Well, believe it or not, there are well respected intellectuals working on it as we speak. Check out this video where James Paul Gee distils the salient points in the … Continue reading Game on