published by David Wees on Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:05
We can argue that good teaching doesn't need technology, and I'm going to agree with that. There lots of really powerful learning opportunities you can do with students that require no technology at all. In fact, if it works better without the technology, don't use it. You are just introducing the risk that the technology will fail and your lesson will flop.
However, there are some things you cannot do without technology, and they are interesting and engaging learning opportunities for your students.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 21:24
I hate being interrupted in the middle of a good learning session with my students. It has happened hundreds of times in my career because of an archaic device we use in schools known as a clock. The clock itself isn't evil, but the way we use it in schools has serious ramifications on how our students learn.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 16:32
@MrWejr and @GCouros have both recently posted about award ceremonies. I felt like I could contribute to the conversation, and I agree with their arguments. I just have a couple of other points to add.
published by David Wees on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 22:41
This is a new document that I'm typing using only Microsoft speech recognition. The cool thing about dictation is it allows people who may not have the ability to type documents to still be able to write. From start to finish, this document has been created using dictation.
published by David Wees on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 22:22
I was reading an article on the Huffington post tonight that suggested communities should boycott standardized tests. Some of the comments seemed to support the current tests, with the comment "I took tests in school so why shouldn't these kids?" and other similar arguments. It occurred to me that maybe these people don't actually KNOW what a modern standardized test looks like?
published by David Wees on Sat, 01/01/2011 - 06:36
In terms of my career and how I think about education, 2010 was a critical year. Despite having taught in four different countries, and changing from an inner city school in NYC to a posh private school in London, I'd say that this past year's changes (in my professional life) have been bigger.
published by David Wees on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 17:21
My son has started to learn how to ski. He tried last year, and failed miserably, in fact he gave up in the first five minutes of the lesson, which ended up being a pretty expensive day for a 5 minute skiing lesson. It wasn't his fault the lesson failed, he wasn't ready for it. He was probably too young, and had strong expectations about what he should be able to do when we started skiing.