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Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM

As I watch the proliferation of digital learning platforms, particularly in STEM education (where there are lots of objective-type problems), I am excited by the increased focus on learning and adaptivity but also a little uneasy. For the most part the motivations to “go digital” are pure – increase access to courses that students need, provide help that is more tailored to each student, give immediate feedback, provide more practice if the student wants it, and let students move at their own pace. My worry is that math and science students aren’t getting anything but highly-structured problems. Every problem that a...

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What should K-12 teachers be learning about technology?

A few months ago I answered some interview questions about technology and the education of K-12 teachers. The interview questions and answers were never published, but I thought I would share them here.   What should K-12 teachers be learning about educational technology? Ed Tech is a fast-changing world right now, and it is not always easy for teachers to make choices about what technology to use with students. First and foremost, teachers need to learn how to choose tools that improve learning or create efficiencies to free up their time to work more closely with students that need...

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The Road Back to Higher Education

In 2012, I left Higher Education to work in the software world. It was bittersweet, because I had finished a Ph.D. on Higher Education Leadership only one year before I left. My decision to leave was a hard one, but I couldn’t see an effective solution path to change learning within traditional higher education. I studied effort after effort to make changes within departments, institutions, and systems, only to see that potential innovations to higher education rarely moved the needle very far from the traditional steady-state. The semester that I finished my Ph.D. was the same one that huge...

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10 Books to Push Your Thinking about Learning Design

Today I was thinking about what books I would recommend to someone in order to have some experience of the learning journey I’ve been on for the last 8 years. If you’re looking for some summer reading that will help you grow your mind, here’s my list: 1. Theory of Fun for Game Design: This will help you to understand the principles that make games addictive learning activities and help you create more desire to learn for any audience. Really, I’m not kidding. 2. Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction: While this is written for teaching vocabulary to the K-6 age group,...

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University of Copenhagen Keynote

Just thought I would share the recording of “Surviving (and Thriving) in the Age of Digital Enhanced Teaching”, recorded at The University of Copenhagen. It includes some research I’ve been diving into about why student engagement, particularly interactions, are so important for learning. Enjoy! Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM What should K-12 teachers be learning about technology? The Road Back to Higher Education 10 Books to Push Your Thinking about Learning Design NPS and...

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