Powerpoint in the Classroom Must Die

His philosophy is that the information delivery common in today's classroom lectures should be recorded and delivered to students as podcasts or online videos before class sessions. To make sure students tune in, he gives them short online multiple-choice tests. So what's left to do during class once you've delivered your lecture? Introduce issues of … Continue reading Powerpoint in the Classroom Must Die

Stunning Lack of 2.0 Teacher Tools on Web or iPhone

via mygradebook.com When I taught 8th grade science from 2004-2006, I made heavy use of MyGradebook and it eventually became (much to the delight of my students and their parents...and eventually administrators) my complete gradebook and student documentation platform. What wasn't to like? In 2004, the social web was just getting cranked up and folks … Continue reading Stunning Lack of 2.0 Teacher Tools on Web or iPhone

Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud! (Or The Rise of Anti-Social Media)

I've fallen in love with Pinboard (for bookmarking) and Simplenote (search for it on the iPhone app store) this week. I've been testing out both services for a little while but decided to take the plunge this week and use them more heavily. And they rock.Pinboard is Delicious from 2004 with more goodness baked in. … Continue reading Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud! (Or The Rise of Anti-Social Media)