Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology

Searching for information on the Internet can be extremely challenging for our students. This is widely due to the sheer amount of information that is currently available out there. A lot of teachers assign projects that have students conduct searches, whether using a paid database, or Google. Many teachers that I know tend to equate searching for information with learning. They believe that if students … Continue reading Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology

Meaningful Learning With Photography

What if there were a way to use a technology in a meaningful way that promoted inquiry, deeper levels of thinking and sparked conversations in your classroom? Would you use that technology? What if I sweetened the pot and said that the technology requires little training, just about everybody already carries one and probably already knows how to use it? What is a Picture Worth? … Continue reading Meaningful Learning With Photography

The Origin of the Word Technology

I have always loved history. There is a deep seeded belief in me that it is vitally important to know where we came from in order to know where we are going.  As a person who calls himself a technologist I wanted to understand where the word technology comes from in order to better to understand where technology is going. In this post I examine … Continue reading The Origin of the Word Technology

4 Inquiry-Driven Project Ideas Using Google’s Tour Builder

There are a lot of great tools out there that have more than one use. One of my favorite tools is Google’s Tour Builder, a Google Maps infused interface that allows the user to create tours. But did you know that you could also use Tour Builder to support inquiry-driven learning? Tour Builder gives students an interactive way to present their learning in a way … Continue reading 4 Inquiry-Driven Project Ideas Using Google’s Tour Builder

How a Common #Hashtag System Could Change Education for Students

Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community. – Simon Mainwaring #おはよう #buenosdías #좋은아침 #bonjour #goodmorning The hashtag has become one of the most recognizable symbols of our time. Much like the peace sign, Apple, or Batman logo. When you see the hashtag you instantly know what it is and how it is being used. This only became clear to … Continue reading How a Common #Hashtag System Could Change Education for Students

Digital Storytelling with Google’s Cultural Institute

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. – Hannah Arendt  Creative expression, regardless of what subject you teach, is in my view a great way to have students make abstract connections to the concrete skills that they are learning. When I taught math there was always a place for students to create digital stories of the concepts that they were learning. I usually … Continue reading Digital Storytelling with Google’s Cultural Institute

Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? – Albert Einstein Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research It always starts with a question. Most of the time there is a simple answer to that question. What time does the store open? How do I get to that city from here? What was the name of … Continue reading Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research