Monday, August 08, 2016

Digital Messaging Matters in 2016

As the school year gets ready to start the annual battle over digital devices and messages is about to start. I love the blog Dangerously Irrelevant, and found a great post on this very subject. I recommend that you read this post.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Focus on Learning not Teaching!!!

To put it simply, innovation in schools today is far too focused on improving teaching, not amplifying learning. -Will Richardson
Will Richardson has come over to the side of students and written a great piece that teachers like me were calling for years ago and as a result were driven out of schools. These ideas are the new mantra and being put forth as new ideas. I am happy that we are finally realizing that the internet has truly made education self education. Read Richardson's article and jump on the bandwagon if you are not already there!

We don’t let students pursue the questions most in their minds. More often than not, the sole audience for the work students do is the teacher, and it serves no real world, authentic purpose. Our kids’ passions and interests are ignored in favor of compliance to the curriculum.-Will Richardson

Friday, March 04, 2016

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am writing something in PaddyWop because I really have nothing to say today, I figured if I went back to a venue that I used to be very productive in, then I might actually write down something that someone finds interesting and valuable to read.

I would love to start my own pulp magazine or website, which was filled with stories and poetry that I write myself. I am a teacher by practice, and I hope that I may teach writing in the Natalie Goldbery way. Just write, I think that her method fits in very nicely with what is called pulp speed writing. Pulp speed writing simply means producing 1,000, 000 words per year. That means writing 3000 words everyday, rain or shine.  That is a lot of words....a lot of words.

So we will try to use these rules of writing. Life has no order,

1.  Once you start, Keep your fingers moving.
2. Lose control
3. Be specific
4. Do not think
5.. Do not worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar
6. Feel free to write junk
7. Go for the jugular

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, September 02, 2013

To the "barricades"

Here is a cross post from 6AM thoughts. I discovered a new type of "school" that is spreading across the Netherlands. It includes so many ideas that I have thought about and tried actually in a face to face world. Rather than try to write about them I thought that I would just embed a video that describes the school so well. Let me know what you think.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Teaching Students in Digital Reality

"Students still need guidance, so that part of the job is still very much relevant. Students also need knowledge to be explained, and shown how it all fits together. In other words, teachers and schools are still required"

The above statement serves as the standard apology for the school paradigm. It is almost mandatory to be included in some form in any article or video that calls for a new way of learning or you will be branded a radical with nothing to say. It is what prevents and real change from taking place. The classroom of school where things are explained and fit together in the patterns of prevailing world view needs to give way to a conversation where information is fit together in a collective analysis. School was not friendly to Einstein, to Bill Gates, to Steve Jobs, to Ken Robinson. The essential power that human beings now have to access the sum total of human knowledge from their hand (smart phone) make school, as it is presently professionally organized, not only irrelevant, but a hindrance to human creativity.

"Information is now available to anyone who is connected, and is available practically whenever they want." is a brilliant insight that does not need to be apologized for. We no longer need a professional teacher class teaching a fixed body of knowledge. We need to share the code of the alphabet and other literacies with learners and join them in the social construction of reality through past experiences, present data input, and future rearranging of the elements of reality. We do not need to learn to think outside of the box, we need to throw the box away.

Longest Railroad Video on You Tube!!!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love trains and the blues. Well I found a video that claims to be the longest train video (real life) currently on You Tube. It is almost 2 hours long:). I was in heaven. I have embedded it into this post. Enjoy any or all of it.