Digital Distractions – the Myth of Multitasking.

It seems like hardly a month goes by without at least one of my students asking if they can listen to music while they are working on a task in class.  My answer is always the same: “No”. And then invariably come the protests (mostly mild, thankfully). The protests are almost always the same: Don’t … Continue reading Digital Distractions – the Myth of Multitasking.

A Vision for the Role of AI and VR in the Classroom of Tomorrow.

As I stated in the beginning of my previous post, there is no doubt in my mind that our current model for schools, classrooms, and education is well past its prime.  It is increasingly at odds with the goal of producing students who are well equipped to thrive in a modern society that demands creative, … Continue reading A Vision for the Role of AI and VR in the Classroom of Tomorrow.

Flipped Instruction – All or Nothing?

The longer I spend in the classroom, the more convinced I am that what has been termed the “Industrial Revolution Model” (or, alternatively, the “Factory Model”) of education is woefully inadequate, if our goal as a society is to produce students who exemplify 21st century skills.  In the past 5-6 years, I have been reading … Continue reading Flipped Instruction – All or Nothing?

Keeping Focus on What is Important in Student-Centered Learning

I initially approached this post from a perspective of trying to tease out the nuances of problem-based, project-based, and challenge-based learning.  My first plan was to comment on the differences between them, and provide examples of each that I have incorporated in my own practice. However, I did find myself questioning some of the examples … Continue reading Keeping Focus on What is Important in Student-Centered Learning

Initial Thoughts on Two Common Technology Integration Models – SAMR and TPACK.

As an IB DP Chemistry teacher, models are an important part of what I teach.  In fact, one of the very first lessons in the course that I teach focuses on how our understanding of atomic structure has changed and developed over time. As new data arrive, we need to re-examine our existing models to … Continue reading Initial Thoughts on Two Common Technology Integration Models – SAMR and TPACK.

Presenting Google Cardboard – Design Principles for Introducing the Potential for VR in the Classroom.

For my Course 3 final project, I decided to focus on the aesthetics of presentation design as described in “option 1”.  As I am also aiming to complete my GET certification with this program, this seemed like a great opportunity to practice giving a training seminar for colleagues which focuses on one of Google’s Educational … Continue reading Presenting Google Cardboard – Design Principles for Introducing the Potential for VR in the Classroom.

Data Visualization and Infographic Design

Effective data visualization helps us to more easily comprehend trends and relationships between sets of quantitative data that may not otherwise be readily apparent.  If one is looking at numbers and statistics on a page, trends and correlations are many times not easy to see.  Large data sets that are effectively transformed into a more … Continue reading Data Visualization and Infographic Design