In a training webinar for the PEAR (Partnerships in Education and Resilience) Institute’s DoS (Dimensions of Success) Observation Tool, the facilitators discussed how the 3rd of their 4 domains – STEM Knowledge and Practices – was based on the STEM Practices outlined by the NGSS‘ (Next Generation Science Standards) “A Science Framework for K-12 Science Education.” I think that these 8 practices are fantastic and that schools should place a focus on integrating into the curriculum maps for all content areas, not just science. Here they are: Continue reading STEM Practices
In the episode below of The Chromebook Classroom Podcast, John Sowash interviewed Eric Griffith. Eric had some really great insights for going 1:1 with Chromebooks. Here are a few of my favorite things that are different from what we currently do at my school . . . but may consider adopting in the future: Continue reading Chromebook Management ideas from @MrGrifftastic
I couldn’t stop laughing. My son was running all around the basketball court. Behind the coach, behind the player with the ball, under the hoop, out of bounds, into the backcourt, all over. And his defender was annoyed. I would have been embarrassed, but it was too funny to consider that option.
Why was my 7-year-old running around the court like a hyper chihuahua? Continue reading Feedback & Improvement Happen Incrementally
I’m not sure where I found this video – at some point I put it into my YouTube Watch Later playlist – but when I sat down with my lunch one day and watched it, I was blown away by how spot on it was.
After researching a bit, I discovered that this video is from Green Acres School in Maryland. The gentleman in the center with the beard is Neal Brown, who appears to be their Head of School. To his right, with the dark hair, is Dan Frank from the Francis W. Parker School. To Brown’s left is Robert Shirley from Charleston Collegiate School. There is a series of videos from this event that I intend to watch in the future – probably over a turkey sandwich, bowl of cottage cheese and some Doritos – but for now I’d like to reflect on my favorite parts of this one.
Check out the video and then meet me in the space below the video to see some of my thoughts. Continue reading Reflections on “Misconceptions about Progressive Education” Video
Being able to have side-by-side windows open is a key functionality tool when using computers. Doing it quickly and easily makes it even better. Chrome OS has two little-known shortcuts and one little-known tool that support this. Check them out in the video below!
In the first episode of The Chromebook Classroom podcast, John Sowash interviews Cyrus Mistry, Group Product Manager, Android & Chromebooks for Education. The episode is full of interesting nuggets about the history and future of Chromebooks, but my favorite part was something that Cyrus said about education in this information age. It happens at about the 20 minute mark:
A teacher that used to have a section on learning the 50 capitals of the U.S., steps back and says “You know what? having all of these kids already have that answer makes me want to give them a different type of skill: maybe more problem solving, maybe more critical thinking, maybe less memorization, maybe . . . ” Maybe it reminds them, that when the kid leaves or when they graduate, they’re all going to have Google in their pocket and the answer to every question. So what they won’t have, though, is that ability to critically think and to analyze . . . We see [the teachers] moving to higher order learning.”
I think this is a really powerful point. Educational technology is not an opportunity for substitution. It is not an opportunity for augmentation. Nor is it an opportunity for modification. It is an opportunity for redefinition. (SAMR Model)
Check out the full episode below and follow John Sowash at @jrSowash.
The Akron Children’s Museum is a great place. I love spots that give my kiddos a chance to play, pretend, explore, discover and learn (Plus, the fact that they’re not making a mess of our house helps).
As an advocate for STEM learning, I am especially drawn to the activities that relate to engineering. So, in this post, I’ll share about those activities at the Akron Children’s Museum. They also have a lot of other fun things that involve pretending, climbing, playing and having a blast. I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area! Continue reading STEM Fun at the Akron Children’s Museum
I’ve added a new page to my website, “My Favorite Podcasts.” I really enjoy listening to podcasts on my daily commute and I think that you may enjoy some of them too. Check out my favorites here.
Video included at bottom of the post.
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to be a little more efficient. Two of my most used in Google Chrome are:
- Ctrl+W (or ⌘+W on Mac) for closing your “top” tab (the one showing on your screen).
- Ctrl+Shift+T (or ⌘+Shift+T on Mac) for opening your most recently closed tab.
#2 is probably my fave. Not only does it open your most recently closed tab, even if you closed it hours ago or even before shutting down Chrome, but it can open an entire window full of tabs, if you closed them. But my favorite-est part of it? Well, it has an educational aspect of course:
Ever walked by a student and seen them quickly close a tab before you got there? Ctrl+Shift+T to the rescue! Just imagine that student’s face when they find out that their teacher is a Chrome Keyboard Shortcut Ninja!!
As a Technology Integration Specialist, I end up sending the staff that I work with lots of emails. I work really hard to only send what’s important and to keep it brief. Occasionally, the things I send out are necessary and/or require some sort of response or action step. As you can probably guess, if my response rate was a test score, there’d be a red F written next to it.
And I understand, educators are uber-busy people. But I still need those action steps taken. So? I use some silly tactics. There are 2 in particular and here’s the first . . .
Memes & GIFs in emails
If I can get someone to open the email just because a colleague told them there was a ridiculous meme or GIF in there, well, that’s half the battle, isn’t it?
Here are a few that I’ve used recently. Got any others you’d like to suggest? Put them in the comments or send them to me @JakeMillerTech.
A word of advice if you decide to adopt this tactic: only use it sparingly and when you really need to draw in your recipients… a fun and novel approach ceases to be fun and novel when it becomes overused and annoying.