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Once this kind of technology becomes mainstream the BYOD for schools won’t be an issue because they will all be wearing it.  How will schools leverage and manage this unbridled technology infusion that will enter the building.  We will have to build assessments that will have to measure a students ability to source the answer just as much as to solve and express the answer.  More on Pebble

Gamification Design MOOC

An average young person will spend more than 10,000 hours gaming by the age of 21 – somewhat the time that it takes us to master any kind of skill- and yet, there’s a huge engagement crisis in many other areas. 70% of US full-time employees are not motivated by what they are doing, kids spend way more time engaged with video games than they do with books, the average attention span in 2012 was less than 10 seconds and it’s decreasing every year…

Using Google Forms to Track and Change Student Behavior

GF Data Digital Point Sheet I have long lived in the paper world using point sheets that migrate from class to class gathering student feedback on behavior, attitude, work completion and their ability to carry a piece of paper around with them all day.  The end result is usually something that you might find at the bottom of a student’s locker at the end of the year with remnants of lunch, attempts to adjust scores-trying to find the correct pen to turn the 1 into a 4 and the soiled corners of a loved book. All this effort to then digitize the document to send to the parent for ongoing conversation for improvement at home.

I have toyed with the idea of whether it would be beneficial to manage much of this data online and had looked at several solutions such as creating a PDF document that the teacher would fill out each day on their computers and email the results. Recently, I have created the same format but with the ease of using Google Forms.  In doing this, the teachers keep the link on their desktops and opens it daily to complete the form for the day.  Unlike other methods, the teachers receive immediate feedback as to how the student is progressing as the form launches the graphic representation of the historical data to date.  This is invaluable not only to the teachers to continue to motivate them to support the behavioral efforts but also to the parent who can access the data in real time. It will allow parents and students to see their progress thus increasing the likelihood of changing behavior which is really the point of all this, right?

5 Types of Classroom Teaching Styles

Any person who has ever taught in a classroom setting will quickly confess that their style of teaching is different from other teachers. Having a different teaching style makes it essential for teachers to be able to adapt to their students learning abilities. Here are five classroom teaching style methods that will help any teacher reach their students.

5 Teaching Styles that are Used in the Classroom

  1. One of the most popular and widely used teaching style is that of an authority figure. This teaching style puts the teacher as the center of attention and all the students must focus on what the teacher is doing. The information that the students receive comes directly from the teacher. Any type of misbehavior that arises must be dealt with quickly by the teacher. The teacher will often maintain control by using a loud voice or some other type of attention getting tactic. This style of teaching only produces short-term results with students and once the student moves on, the teachers influence is long forgotten.
  2. Another teaching model that a student may find in the classroom is an authority model. Here the teacher models or demonstrates certain behaviors that are beneficial to the students. Lessons are taught much like the authority figure that demands obedience, except model behavior is shown by example and not demanded. There is often a clear cut discipline structure that is communicated to both parents and students. The teacher finds satisfaction in the strides that the students make each day. In return, the students begin to build a trusting relationship with their teacher that lasts beyond the classroom year.
  3. Next in line on the teaching style list is a classroom that is student oriented. Here the teacher develops activities that help students build relationships while learning the needed material. Some of the activities will be based on students interacting with each other while they solve problems that are related to real life events. Students who sit under this teaching model find that they end up with friendships with others and remember the content of the lesson plans. Students who do not interact well with other people may find it hard to learn in this environment.
  4. A fourth teaching model uses the students to learn the material themselves. The teacher will have detailed lesson plans that the students must read through and find a way to learn and complete the assignments. Students will have to learn to work in groups and rely on each other to complete the assignment. Usually the teacher is there to provide guidance and support as the students tackle the assignment they have been given.
  5. The final teaching style is one that presents a hands off method. The students are left to themselves to read the book and complete material that is given in an outline format. The teacher is usually in the classroom but only available for questions. Students work through their books in an attempt to complete the material and pass any tests that are given by the teacher.

Every student has a different learning style and every teacher has a different teaching method they use in the classroom. For students and teachers to succeed, they both must learn to adapt to each other. Only in the end, with both sides working together, will students learn and teachers have success teaching their students.

Which one do you see most often in the classroom and what would they look like if the students and teachers were all using digital tools or Chromebooks?

Even Google Employees Are Giving Up On Google Glass

Despite the undeniable gawking that will occur and the Google version of Apple Picking that will inevitably occur when techno-thugs rip Glass from your face, the benefit to the end-user in industry rather than the the daily commuter will be immense. I agree that in most social situations it will be awkward to wear Glass unless you can pawn it off as you have too for work and secretly smile inside.

Christmas is all Shiny and Chrome.

Google’s Chromebooks Were The Best Selling Laptops At Amazon, Beating Windows And Mac Computers

Not surprising that they are being unwrapped this holiday season with kids at schools across the country being introduced to them as part of their K-12 experience.  Phenomenal move on Google’s part to open up the domains to the schools with an increased storage capacity, security of a closed network and teaching use of the applications.  My daughter kicked me off her Chromebook and started showing me all the things it can do and she has been doing educational games and activites since Christmas day.  Let’s see the XBox do that.


He’s Dead, Jim!


Came across this today when my machine was waking up and Google Docs wasn’t quite ready for me.  You have to appreciate the throwback to the Dr. McCoy reference.  Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor, not favicon!