Reflection on 21CLHK 2016

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the 8th annual 21CL Conference in Hong Kong. This was my first time attending the conference, and my first time in Hong Kong. I was especially excited to be presenting a half day workshop with Ben Summerton & Art Schultz. We were helping participants to […]

Professional Development That Works

This presentation about ongoing professional learning in The Fish Bowl at Korea International School was presented twice. The first time at the Learning 2 Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, October and the second time at EARCOS Leadership Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, November 2, 2014. The slide show below is from the EARCOS conference.

The […]

How To Get More Twitter Followers

I was recently asked about my strategies for getting more followers on Twitter. I’ll give you my best guess as to why I have close to 6,000. It is definitely a combination of things.

I have always tried to be active on Twitter & to tweet regularly. Even if it is only 5-10 minutes a few […]

Intro to the Flipped Classroom

From the start I was not a big fan of the flipped classroom. My greatest hesitation toward the flipped classroom is that it becomes way too easy for teachers to use this as an excuse to dump more (disengaging) homework on students, by reinventing the lecture using technology. After reading more about it I believe […]

Connecting Teachers

I am currently teaching a masters course that focuses on technology integration. I have an outstanding group of students with a variety of expertise and experience. From preschool teachers to university professors, these teachers have been working hard to create meaningful assignments for their students. They are also blogging daily, and have a lot of […]

Should I integrate tech?

I’m often asked by teachers if they should integrate technology into certain lessons. I’m not one who recommends adding tech to make projects look cool or more “21st century,” or to do the same old thing (with tech). For me, the answer to the question is simple. If I can answer “yes” to either of […]

Good Vibrations – Learning About Sound

Resources for a lesson about sound, created by Jay Hopp, John Patrick, & Steve Katz.

Objective: Students will demonstrate scientific analysis by matching instruments with the sound waves they produce when recorded with GarageBand.

This is an introductory lesson on sound. Students may or may not have already participated in other activities with sound such as […]

Laptops at the Sleepover: Over/Under 4.5

My 12-year-old daughter is having a sleepover with 8 friends. They all own laptop computers.

I have set over/under for how many of her friends will bring their laptops at 4.5. What do you think? I’ll let you know the outcome in a few days.

(If you are unfamiliar with this type of wagering: You select if […]

Top 10 US Presidents Challenge

I have a friend in Costa Rica, Harry, and it seems that whenever we get together we talk historical politics. I haven’t seen him for over a year, but today I received an email from Harry’s wife & she passed along a question from him. He wants to know who my top ten US presidents […]

Programming With Scratch – Learning 2.011 Takeaways Part 3

This is the third of three blog posts about my experience at the Learning 2.0 conference.

Last year the KIS ed tech team began planning to develop critical thinking through programming in all three divisions. Mark Page started using Scratch in the elementary school during an EPP. Mark plans on continuing this and I have begun […]