Why This Blog? Why Now? Why This title?

I am no longer blogging under duress. This part remains true: I had a blog once and I lost the password...and then, I gave up. I really am not a giver-upper, but there is a point of diminishing returns to anything that takes energy, passion, and vision and yet, doesn't work out. So, off I go again, wish me luck! AND knock on wood I have had luck. And it is sort of fun.

P.S. Why this title? I read this phrase today 6/16, don't remember where. I liked it. I'm using it. I might change it. It may or may not have relationship to the content.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Designing Google Apps Introduction

By the title of this post you might think I'm already off and designing an introduction to google apps for older students at REMS....not so... I'm making plans for students to design their own introduction. This is, of course, all inspired by my latest reading..."Teaching Digital Natives, Partnering for Real Learning" by Marc Prensky (I wrote a little about this last time).  I finished the book and have decided to do the following:

  • Use guiding questions as a lead in to everything
  • Ask kids to think about learning as Verbs (see Prensky's book) and the tools of learning as Nouns
  • Ask kids to think about what makes powerful thinking, powerful questions
  • Ask kids to consider their role and a teachers role a little differently
  • Connect all to student passions
For more information please visit my wiki...I'd appreciate the feedback and suggestions
We'll see if this ever gets off the ground and to what degree. AND in the words of Prensky, "There are very few principles more important to learning and doing anything than continuous improvement." pg 159
AND in the words of Linda Darling-Hammond (which have become a REMS phrase to live by)....Revise and Redeem your work.
P.S. Mr. Prensky might be my newest crush...Jill you will know what I mean:)

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