Get in the Game: 10 Ideas for Bringing Gaming into Your High School Classroom

After three decades of educational games that emphasize simplicity over challenge and content over engagement, the nature of video game use in the classroom is transforming. Specifically, there is an understanding that many entertainment-oriented video games have intrinsic educational value in their demand for critical thinking and emphasis on risk-taking – and that there is …

Social Media in Schools: Be the Owl, Not the Ostrich

Possibly no topic in #edtech invokes as much fear in parents or teachers as social media. This is understandable. Research has shown that by middle school, the majority of students are using social media, but lack the maturity to use it appropriately. Their unsafe behavior might take the form of sharing too much personal information, …

6 Biggest School Administrator Myths about Cyberbullying

School and district administrators must take a proactive approach to preventing cyberbullying. Here are 6 myths that are preventing this from happening: Not in my backyard! No matter how healthy your school environment, there is the potential for cyberbullying. Kids can be sucked into mean online behavior even if it is not happening in the …

How can teaching and learning simultaneously occur with constant testing and assessment?

by Kelly Meehan Pauline Hawkins describes the current state of education perfectly in her resignation letter, “The emphasis on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing is creating a teach-to-the-test mentality for our teachers and stress and anxiety for our students…That is what school has become: A place where teachers must give students “right answers”, so …

Take Three. A Trio of Teachers on High Stakes Tests and the Classroom.

For this blog post, I asked three teachers/Boston College colleagues to respond to this question posed by Cathy Rubin of the Huffington Post: How do you balance preparation for high stakes assessments with teaching and learning in your classroom? Here are their responses: From Luke Reynolds, a middle school English teacher: Waiting for Knowledge…or Pursuing …

Technology Integration: Teach less, Learn more

True integration of technology requires that it be baked into student learning rather than just sprinkled on top. This requires an investment in time, money, and teacher attention to challenge existing modes of classroom instruction. As Pak Tee Ng expressed in his Global Search for Education interview from October 28, 2013, the real challenge is …

Technology and innovation: all about the how

Over the past 10 years, classroom technology has been transformed – or has it? Bulky, expensive desktop computers have been replaced by mobile, inexpensive devices that are designed to move with students—and some lucky districts and schools have been able to implement one-to-one programs of mobile devices for students. But a focus on purchasing more …