Archive for Open Question

“The Students Will Figure It Out”

With both digital citizenship and digital skills– what’s the balance between direct instruction and experiential/discovery learning? A teacher asked me yesterday, “Don’t we want them to learn what makes sense for them?” I would argue that part of our responsibility as educators is to make sure that they’ve tried on enough hats to know which one fits. Otherwise, isn’t it the educational equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem?

Products, Process and the Digital Native Fallacy

This is the second episode of my faculty development program. The video is here, but there are additional links and reading, as well as our faculty discussions, at the University Prep Technology Integration Exchange (UPTIE). Enjoy!

Tech Integration: Begin with the End in Mind

Here’s the first episode of my new faculty development program. The full package (some useful links and the discussion) is at the University Prep Technology Interaction Exchange (UPTIE).


Open Question for You: 2nd Semester Resolution


In the spirit of the New Year and the changing of the semesters, what’s one reflection/resolution (Reflect-olution? Reso-flection?) from 1st semester that you’ll try or carry into 2nd semester? Share your thoughts and discuss below! Read more

How Do We Put Digital Learning on the Wall?

I love the Internet... searched: "fridge computer."

(image from “Reincarnating an Old Laptop as a Fridge Computer,” Samidh Chakrabarti)

An open question for you…

Visualize a school hallway. Better yet, peek out of your door and look at your school’s hallways. I’m willing to bet that you wouldn’t have to walk far to see your first piece of student work on a wall somewhere. In classrooms, libraries, hallways and common spaces, we post student work everywhere that we can. There are several reasons why we do this– off the top of my head:

  • Celebrating student success
  • Making learning visible
  • Creating interest in visitors and other students
  • Demonstrating what happens in classrooms
  • It’s fun!
  • Making useful resources (timelines, reference posters, etc.)

All of these are important, because they honor and validate student work. Just as families put good work up on the fridge or wall at home, we value students’ learning artifacts.

When those artifacts are visual, though, how do we value them? How do we honor them and give them a place of importance in our learning spaces? We can’t stick a website on the fridge, nor can we hang a movie in the library. If we want our students and teachers to value digital learning artifacts, don’t we have to be able to afford them the same role and (relative) permanence in our school as the physical posters, art projects, photographs, graphs and charts that we can use to line our halls? I’ve had very open-minded teachers say to me that they would love to make their project products more digital, but they want them to be on the walls so that everyone can see them.  On the flip side, I’ve had great student work that I’d love to hold up as great examples of learning– except they can’t be held.

How can we turn a school from a display vehicle for physical learning artifacts into one for all learning? How do we share high-quality digital products with our community in a way that honors and values their work? What are our “digital fridges” upon which we can display great work?

Do We Still Need to Double-Space?


An open question for you…

Assume that we’re looking at electronic papers, submitted electronically. For the average paper (i.e. not a formal research paper), do we still need to double-space? Why do we require double-spacing? Is it different for electronic papers versus physically-printed and -submitted papers?

Please comment below to help us tease this out.