16 posts
“College Readiness” versus “Ready for College”
Higher Ed
We have lots of definitions of “college readiness”; here are the ACT’s definitions [http://www.act.org/standard/] as well as the Common Core’s in Language Arts [http://www.corestandards.org/
Separate but Equal: Substitute Teaching Done Right
Academic Labor
Every day, students across the country open the doors to their classrooms and see a stranger standing where their regular teacher should be. “Are you our sub?” they demand in a less than
This episode of HybridPod explores the idea of collaboration — how it works, what it is, and how we can facilitate it in our classes.
Effective Teaching Remix: Answering the Call for Digital Literacy
Critical Pedagogy
I am a big fan of those educators who have learned that you can use these tools, together with critical thinking, as a means of empowering students to take on their own learning.
11 min read
Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?
On June 29, 2015 at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, Audrey Watters spoke on a panel called “Is it Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?”. The transcript of her speech can
What We Can Learn from Homeschooling
Our homeschooling journey began nearly a decade ago, when our three year-old daughter started preschool. I was certain she would love school. She didn’t. We cycled through three schools. At one, teachers
The Play’s The Thing: Lessons from Preschool Storytimes  for College Classrooms
editors’ picks
Though one might imagine that suggestions emerging from a preschool storytime may not seem to be a likely source of wisdom for an adult audience, I find that we often forget the importance
Breaking Binary: Facebook and Teachable Moments
Alterity CFP
I was in my car, pulling into the driveway after picking up some takeout. The radio was tuned to NPR, but I wasn’t paying that close of attention. I was exhausted after
How Shadowing my 2nd-grader Led to a New View of Tech in the Classroom
Last year, I experienced two months that were very challenging for me as a person and as an academic. One of my sons, who was seven, became very ill and missed a lot
The Higher Education and K-12 Conversation
When we think about K-12 and higher education, educators think of them as two separate entities. Within K-12, we divide it further; primary, junior, intermediate, and senior. These artificial silos create barriers to
5 min read
MOOCifying K-12: Relationships, Collaboration, Risk-Taking
Just over a year ago, my “learning” exploded. I was developing a hybrid Canadian online delivery program for Chinese high school students. I was encouraged to push the boundaries of K-12 online and
Learning from Early Childhood Education: Higher Ed and the Process of Becoming
Critical Pedagogy
Listen to this chapter here, or subscribe to the entire serialized audiobook.On my luckier days, I am gifted a few invisible moments at pick-up time before my son or one of his
CFP: A Dialogue among K-12 and Post-secondary Pedagogies and Pedagogues
Calls for Papers
Don’t throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day. Dreams can come true again, When everything old is new again. —Peter Allen, “Everything Old Is New Again” Click here
Building in the Humanities Isn’t New
Digital Humanities
“For children can accomplish the renewal of existence in a hundred unfailing ways.” — Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library [https://www.google.com/books/edition/Illuminations/mV06rdTclagC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=