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TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

All of my friends know I have serious reservations about smarmy self-important libertarianism of TED and loathe speaking in the format – essentially a television program without any of the accoutrements of a television studio. That said, I’ve now performed three of them. My first TEDx Talk made me ill for months before and weeks following the talk. The pressure was unbearable. You see,... [Read more]

Lesson of the Day

Lesson of the Day

Four out of five kindergarteners agree. . Foam blocks suck.   Tweet This Post Read More →

Wasted Intensity

Wasted Intensity

“Young people have a remarkable capacity for intensity….” Those words, uttered by one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, has driven my work for the past six or seven years. It is incumbent on every educator, parent, and citizen to build upon each kid’s capacity for intensity otherwise it manifests itself as boredom, misbehavior, ennui,... [Read more]

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

Papert circa 1999 enjoying the work of a middle schooler I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Seymour Papert a lot lately. Our new book, “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom,” is dedicated to him and we tried our best to give him the credit he deserves for predicting, inventing, or laying the foundation for much of what we now celebrate... [Read more]

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

A boyhood dream has come true. I was interviewed by California School Business Magazine! I certainly sized the opportunity to pull no punches. I left no myth behind.  Perhaps a few school business administrators will think differently about some of their decisions in the future. A PDF of the article is linked below. I hope you enjoy the interview and share it widely! Edtech Expert Discusses the Revolution... [Read more]

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Almost daily, a colleague I respect posts a link to some amazing tale of classroom innovation, stupendous new education product or article intended to improve teaching practice. Perhaps it is naive to assume that the content has been vetted. However, once I click on the Twitter or Facebook link, I am met by one of the following: A gee-whiz tale of a teacher doing something obvious once, accompanied... [Read more]

Do the Real Thing

Do the Real Thing

Recently, 5th and 6th grade girls in the school where I work came up to me in the hallway and volunteered, “I want to be an engineer.” While this is heartwarming, especially given the political rhetoric behind the importance of S.T.E.M. and the challenges of gender underrepresentation in the sciences, I would like to draw a totally different lesson for educators. Anyone who knows anything about... [Read more]

What is CMK About?

What is CMK About?

Constructing Modern Knowledge may be the most important work of my career. For five years, we have demonstrated the competence and creativity of educators who spend four days of their summer vacation learning to learn in the digital age. I marvel at the complexity, sophistication and ingenuity illustrated by the educator’s projects created at Constructing Modern Knowledge. It is not an exaggeration... [Read more]

Technology is not Neutral

Technology is not Neutral

Larry Ferlazzo invited me to share a vision of computers in education for inclusion in his Classroom Q&A Feature in Education Week. The text of that article is below. You may also enjoy two articles I published in 2008: What’s a Computer For? Part 1 – It all depends on your educational philosophy What’s a Computer For? Part 2 – Computer science is the new basic skill Technology... [Read more]

We Need Teachers, Not Facilitators!

We Need Teachers, Not Facilitators!

I recently heard that a conference speaker told his audience, “We need fewer teachers and more facilitators.” My first reaction was, “1986 called and would like its keynote back.” My second thought was that the speaker is dead wrong! The use of terms like “facilitator” always makes me queasy. The desire to rebrand teaching as facilitation results more from the low self-esteem of educators... [Read more]

Au Contraire?

Au Contraire?

Rufus T. FireflyPresident: Huxley College I often explain to graduate students that I don’t play devil’s advocate or any other clever games. Just because I may say something unsaid by others, does not mean that I don’t come to that perspective after careful thought and introspection. Being an educator is a sacred obligation. Those of us who know better, need to do better and stand... [Read more]

Accountability?

Accountability?

I’m a curious guy who wonders a lot about the forces and rhetoric influencing education. At the risk of kicking a hornet’s nest and incurring the wrath of being flamed, I wish to raise what I honestly believe to be an important issue. If you are unfamiliar with my work, outspoken opposition to the standards movement, commitment to equity or embrace of computers in education, I humbly ask... [Read more]

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