Thursday, January 24, 2013
Let's Think Relevant Transformation
I remember a conversation I had with an administrator, "Your problem, Marcia, is that you expect people to give up the lecture and the worksheets. That's a perfectly fine way for lots of learners to learn the material. Besides, the teachers aren't comfortable with new ways."
A second administrator, years later, disagreed, "Word searches are no way to inspire anything but temporary knowledge. If your books are all lost in a fire tonight, what really matters? What will you teach?"
And of course, one of the more influential voices in my head in the last five years has been through virtual conversations. Specifically, I am referring to Scott McLeod, who has always reminded me about the students across the world who compete with my own.
It's time for Transformation. Pick a direction.
Using Your Cell Phone Navigator vs. Garmin vs. Mapquest
Students today are different. Teach them differently. Trust them. Get out of the way.
How Accurate is Google Maps?
Tap Their Interests
An Easter Egg Hunt Using Google Earth
Make Sure What they Learn is Connected to their Life
How Foursquare Works
Move up the Bloom's Taxonomy
Which is Better?
Don't Teach Your Content in a Silo
Military Drones and GPS
It's 2013. Don't Our Kids Deserve Relevant Learning?