Tech Tools

I have a YouTube channel, and I use it to post teaching and other silly videos. I’ve been trying to figure out how to verify my Youtube site with this blog, but the it’s out of my range of skills. I even asked my husband to come look at it, he just tells me to RT*M. Rude. BUT ANYWAY: Let me start over. I have a YouTube Channel, and also wanted to list a few other tech tools I use regularly to create digital art and teaching videos. via GIPHY The likelihood that we’ll continue to teach some kind of…

Let’s talk: “Digital Native”

The term, “digital native” has always bothered me. It was coined by a man named Marc Prensky, and its original intent: Prensky defines digital natives as those born into an innate “new culture” while the digital immigrants are old-world settlers, who have lived in the analogue age and immigrated to the digital world. https://www.cnn.com/2012/12/04/business/digital-native-prensky/index.html Okay — hold up. First: Native. Second: Immigrant? His word choices always bugged the **** out of me. And I am not qualified to respond to his intent, but the impact his work had on two important groups: teachers and students. The amount of ageism and…

Make Stuff, Not Subscribers

Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take Please read this post that provides an excellent example of then and now–before smartphones and their dopamine enhancers embedded into our psyches. I’ve been the classroom teacher who has witnessed this first hand. The students who find out that I have a Youtube channel and never, ever ask me what’s the content, but always “How many subscribers do you have?” (Currently 52.) The students who graffiti on any free surface: AMOS@(Snapchat username). The students who looked at me blankly when I suggested they use their Snapchat filters to create a monstrous…

Student Writing: Blogs

This post is a bit specific, written for a colleague: if none of this helps you, swipe on by. The question is how to start student blogging and grading with an LMS like Canvas. There are a few paths to take, and of course, if your district allows Google products, things like Blogger, etc. are easy. However, Blogger can be a bit risky for students, and I had a lot of trouble with it with my district’s firewalls, etc. For over ten years, my greatest success came with Edublogger. Before a district contact left the district, he was asking me…

Summer Series of Saves: It’s not just you.

Is anyone else finding that social media/cell phones have completely altered their capacity to read books and concentrate on multi-page sequences? It’s become a major problem… — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 10, 2018 I am concerned about my #ProjectLIT project stalling out. I need these books. Don’t want: need. They aren’t some glib luxury for my incoming 8th students, they are a lifeline. These books pulled me out of my own fractured, terrible attention span thinking. They brought back mental stamina– what my students lack, and desperately need if they’re going to move through high school with courage. Eighth grade…

Versus.

George Couros has me thinking (again): “What is the difference between school and learning?” His article, One Question We Should Always Ask… made me think deeply about how the relationship between the classroom teacher, the students, and technology. The battle between getting a student’s attention when all they want to do is gaze at the Mirror of Erised of their smartphone is no joke. Compare two schools’ data; one with 1:1 technology and one without: The reading and math scores are both well below 50%. There is a lot wrong with the SBA test–more wrong than is right when it comes…