Showing posts with label Learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning. Show all posts

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shuck 400 Oysters...Bus Huxley Shows You Can Learn Anything Online

Gardner Waldeier is one of the most interesting people that I know. We first met when he showed up to a cycling club group ride with a 20+ year old steel bike and a borrowed helmet while wearing cotton pants and sneakers. He then proceeded to crush almost everyone on the climbs and held his own on the sprints. I knew then that Gardner wasn't your average cat.

Gardner produces some fantastic videos that he publishes on YouTube under the screen name of Bus Huxley (that's also the name he uses on Strava). Lately he's been getting some press in New England for his videos including a recent profile that was aired on many National Public Radio stations. Listen to the interview and you'll hear some astute observations about learning and sharing in the digital age.

Gardner says, "I live my life by saying that I can do something that I can't." He then goes out and uses the Internet to learn how to do those things like shucking 400 oysters for a restaurant on short notice.

The end of the recent NPR story about Gardner closes with this valuable reminder for all of us; "once something is put out on the Internet, it is carved into digital stone."

Take a look at Gardner's videos and see what you can learn. And listen to the NPR profile, it has some gems for digital age from a man who seeming straddles the 21st, 20th, and 19th Centuries every day. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Three Ways of Assessing Students' Understanding Through Mobile Phones

As all good teachers know, a score on a quiz, on a test, or the completion of a large project doesn't always give us the full picture of what students know about a topic. Let's take a look at three ways to assess a student's understanding through the use of their mobile phones.

1. Reflecting on learning.
Ask students to use the video camera or audio recorder on their phones to create short reflections on what they have learned during the week. Students can post those on a classroom blog.

2. Documenting a process.
Ask students to use their phones to take pictures and or videos of a work in progress. If they're working on a long-term, hands-on project, have them document the process through pictures or video.

3. Capturing real-world examples.
Have you recently taught a math or science topic that is frequently seen in a landscape or cityscape? If so, have your students take a picture of a representation of that topic. For example, if you recently taught a lesson on acute and obtuse angles, have students take pictures of examples of each as they see them during a walk around town.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Students Discuss Who Is Responsible for Education

This morning's episode of CNN Student News contains a segment in which students share their thoughts about the question, "what do you think students can do to get a better education?" This is a great question to ask our own students at the beginning of the new school year. Watch the video below.
Click here if you cannot see the video.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Free Webinar - Integrating STEM in Elementary Years

Next Tuesday, January 19 is hosting a free webinar on integrating STEM into elementary school classrooms. The webinar will feature Celeste Baine. Celeste Baine is the author of six books about engineering in education. You can learn more about the webinar and register for the webinar here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Great Professional Development Opportunity is offering a great professional learning opportunity this summer. is hosting an all-expenses paid Teacher Innovator Summer Camp in Portland, Oregon. In addition to having all expenses paid, will also give you a $2000 stipend. Twenty educators will be chosen for this opportunity. To qualify for this opportunity you must be a K-8 classroom teacher. Applications for this opportunity are due by June 24, 2009. Apply here and good luck. (I'm jealous, I teach grades 9-12 so I'm not eligible).

For those of you that are attending NECC later this month, is hosting a breakfast presentation on Tuesday, June 30th. At the breakfast Scott McLeod will be hosting a discussion about technology, school change, and the challenges of informal leadership. I have registered to attend and I hope to see many of you there too. You can register for the breakfast here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My First Chinese Lessons

In preparation for my trip to China in February, I am starting to teach myself Chinese. The two resources that I am using are Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk and the BBC Chinese language lessons. The lesson with Serge have accompanying transcripts that I found useful during my first lesson. The BBC program is designed for people like me, traveling on relatively short notice and need to learn survival phrases.

Friday, September 19, 2008

In Case You Missed It... The Week's Most Popular Content

This week was a big week for Free Technology For Teachers. Twice this week the blog received a record number of visits including nearly 1200 visits on Thursday. Free Technology for Teachers has almost 500 subscribers. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed with a RSS Reader or by email. If you haven't subscribed yet, please consider doing so as it will deliver the newest content directly to your email inbox or favorite RSS reader. Use the links in the top, right corner of the blog to subscribe. (For those that are leery of sharing an email address, I will never use your email address for anything other than blog content updates).

Here are the five most popular blog updates of the last week.
1. New Podcast - What is Creativity?
2. New Podcast - When Technology Fails
3. Can't Use YouTube? Try This...
4. Wall Street Woes Explained by CNN Student News
5. New Use for a Favorite Resource

I would be remiss not to mention some of the top-referrers to Free Technology for Teachers. This is just the beginning of a long list of people that have spread the word about Free Technology for Teachers.
Wicked Decent Learning
Learning in Maine
Skip Z
Meditations of a Kozmonaut
Conroe Independent School District
Larry Ferlazzo

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Large Selection of Language Learning Games

Digital Dialects has a large selection of educational games and activities for learning 55 different languages. Most of the games are designed to learn and practice the basics of each of the 55 languages listed on the Digital Dialects homepage.

Another good website for learning and practicing language basics is Literacy Literacy Center offers games for learning and practicing French, Spanish, German, and English. The Literacy Center is a 501c non-profit with a contract from the US Department of Education.

Applications for Education
The educational games and activities found on Digital Dialects and Literacy Center are great for students just beginning to learn a new language. The games provide instant feedback to students and parents so that they can monitor progress and choose a skill or set of vocabulary terms to practice.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Letting Students Take Risks

In this TED Talk, Gever Tulley, gives an entertaining and thought provoking talk about letting kids do "dangerous" things. Tulley makes the argument that taking risks helps kids learn about themselves and the world around them. The talk is only nine minutes long, but Tulley packs a lot into those nine minutes.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Wicked Decent Learning - Podcast

Wicked Decent Learning is a series of Podcasts covering a variety of topics of interest to educators. The Podcasts are a bit long, but entertaining and informative none-the-less. Wicked Decent Learning is produced by two teachers in Maine. Click on the license plate to visit Wicked Decent Learning or listen to the most recent Podcast by clicking play.