4 Ways to Establish Relevance with Moodle

One of the first things you learn when studying adult learning is that adults need to know why they are learning something and how they can apply it to their lives.  In other words, they need to know how something is relevant to their condition and context.  It’s not only adults who need that.  HumansRead more

Adapt Authoring Tool and Moodle

I have been working with the Adapt Learning Framework and Adapt Authoring tool of and on for a while now.  (Follow the community @AdaptLearning to learn more about this “Ground breaking #opensource project and THE online community for #multidevice #elearning” (quote from their Twitter profile page).  This post features one of the projects I created using the framework that IRead more

WHY TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER

The explosion of media and technology…has made it all the more important that students master the core skills of gathering and evaluating evidence. Reading and writing with independence and confidence will remain master arts in the Information Age. (Vicki Phillips in Schmoker, 2011, p.93) Phillips’ quote resonates today because of the media explosion that occursRead more

Waxing Philosophical: The Purpose of Education

There are so many articles, blog posts, and books about the purpose of education that it might seem odd to see yet another one. However, this might be a good exercise for any teacher to try, if only to determine his or her own views on the subject. Reading about it, or listening to someoneRead more

Six Facets of Understanding and the All Souls Trilogy

I would like to thank Deborah Harkness, Jennifer Ikeda, Grant Wiggins, and Jay McTighe for making this post possible.  Without Harkness’ story, Ikeda’s brilliant narration of that story, and Wiggins’ and McTighe’s research on the facets of understanding, this post would not be possible.  If I have misconstrued or misunderstood any of their work, IRead more

Just 1 Article from RE-ENVISIONED – The Movement to Re-imagine Schooling – Makes Me Want to Join

This weekend, an email from Library 2.0 came in with a link to a fascinating interview with Steve Hargadon.  Steve is the founder of Classroom 2.0 and co-chairs the event “Hack Education,” among many other activities. Here is a quote from the article that got me thinking… So, what does that mean for the futureRead more

5 Reasons and 5 Ways to Use a Classroom Blog during Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment: What is it? If you already know all about formative assessment, I recommend skipping to the next part of this blog post. According to the CCSSO (The Council of Chief State School Officers), Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learningRead more