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Bringing it all together

I know most of you have likely seen the graphic of coffee and SAMR, created by Kathy Schrock, that is widely circulated around the internet. I've decided to put my own spin on the concept. I love music, as well as coffee, but I think the analogy below is apt for what technology can do for classrooms and has also done for the music industry. (I should also mention that I happen to love and collect analog music, especially vinyl, so no hate in the comments about the comeback of analog music. I am single-handedly trying to buy enough records to make the comeback myself!)

We are currently in the renaissance of doing the work of changing school to a customized, personalized space just like as the music industry has evolved over the course of years past. A playlist is a great analogy for how things could look for our kids in the future of schools. The ability to pick and choose courses based on competencies vs prescribed tracks as we've seen in the past is a real possibility. Accele…

Blogs as Learning Portfolios

This week I had the privilege of attending the Mid-Atlantic Personalize Learning Conference. There were a lot of inspiring people doing great things for kids and adults in their learning environment one of which was the amazing George Couros, which performed Wednesday's Keynote and a breakout session. Below is one of George's TED talks for your enjoyment:


During his breakout session George talked about helping our kids (and ourselves) create a positive digital footprint. He noted that as the person in charge of hiring for his district that if an applicant didn't have a positive digital footprint they went in the piles of applications he would NOT consider for the job. This is a critical learning for all educators because if we aren't helping our kids create that positive digital footprint we are leaving it up to chance that all our and our learner's hard work will reach it's potential. I don't know about you, but I don't like to leave things up to chanc…

The Magic is in the teacher's implementation, not the tool.

A point that I keep coming back to often right now is technology doesn't make learning happen. Technology doesn't make learning better; inherently anyway. Technology doesn't in and of itself motivate kids.

It's what the facilitator in the room does with the technology that makes learning happen.  It's what the facilitator in the room does with the technology that makes learning better: more authentic and engaging. It's what the facilitator in the room does with the technology that makes activities more motivating.

Images like the one below are meant to depict that there is a relationship between your implementation of a technology gauged by SAMR and the learning taking place as gauged by Bloom's Taxonomy. What people in the #edtech field know is that images like this one are often taken as: If I use X app, I'll be in the Modification stage of SAMR and my principal said I should be above the transformation line, so I'll use X app and be good! Nope! S…