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Why the Factory Model of Schools Persists, and How We Can Change It

Over a coffee at the recent Learning2Asia conference, gamifying guru Robert Appino and I shared stories of our careers as “early adopters” of innovative learning strategies and techniques. He harkened back to a time, not as long ago as you would think, when he was considered the young “lone nut” at his first school because ...

Why Professional Development Should Be More Like ‘MasterChef’

The alarm goes off. You roll out of bed, sidle to the kitchen, and have a glass of water while you fumble for the button on the coffee maker. Semi-alert, you suddenly remember: Today is a professional development day. Perhaps you just issued an imaginary sigh of relief, reassured by your school’s focus on staff ...

Teaching Controversial Issues in ‘Interesting’ Times

"May you live in interesting times." —Chinese curse (apocryphal) Early in my career, when I was teaching at a magnet school in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, I was baffled every year when at least one student would submit an essay making the case for Adolf Hitler as a misunderstood genius. I ...

Changing Instructional Mindsets for the 21st Century

Originally posted on iAMSTEM HUB . UC DAVIS:
Written by William Tolley for Education Week. As teachers, we seek to nurture creators, inventors, and discoverers—the kind of men and women who will build and sustain our shared future. We try to synthesize effective traditional learning models with contemporary learning design. And we recognize the wisdom of Chris…

21st Century Classroom Design

21st Century Learning In Practice From the 19th Century’s Frankenstein to the 20th Century’s Matrix, technology has been evoked to frighten audiences unsure of its impact on human society.  We never seem to know just how advanced technology has become and we never seem to be able to keep up with its relentless advance. Even now, ...