Archive for Category: "Open Letters"
The summer months for students and teachers brings rest, relaxation, and reflection. For teachers, it’s a common practice as well to attend professional learning seminars, prepare new lesson plans for the next school year, and continue to search for new and creative ways to reach and teach all students. A teacher’s learning process never ends, so I got to thinking. As a father of a soon to be first grader now, it’s become even more clear to me that our [...]
On March 1st, the Seattle Times published an OpEd where the author argued that teachers can only teach the students who come to class motivated to learn, and that students who come to class disinterested or apathetic do not deserve the right to be called a student. In the piece, the teacher divorced himself from the idea that it is the teacher’s responsibility to teach every student in his or her class. I spent the last four years teaching middle [...]
Dear Tech Experts (who do not work in education), I love to read, listen and watch so many of you who review, discuss, and share the latest in technology. Your blogs and shows are so popular that you don’t need me to give you free advertising. Let’s just pretend that you know who you are! Yes, I am one of your devoted fans who are an educational tech geek! I write to you today because I want to challenge you [...]
Too often, news and media outlets jump on the negative stories in education or miss the real story entirely. The wrong questions are asked. The wrong message or story is told. As educators, we are tired of letting that happen. We are proud to be educators. Educators worldwide are making a difference. Everyday we have success. Everyday we are making a positive impact on students’ lives. Students are succeeding everyday. It is time to celebrate that positive impact! It is [...]
My fellow educators, There are many “technologies” that provide unique learning opportunities simply because of the uniqueness of the technology itself. We need to understand the fundamental differences of certain technologies from their traditional partners before we can truly implement these learning experiences effectively. Blogging isn’t just digitizing student essays. The fundamental uniqueness of blogging provides students with a much richer and deeper learning experience. Blogging is fundamentally different because it provides an authentic audience, digitized text that can be [...]
Dear Google and Apple, Both Google and Apple have done wonderful things for education and I am sure that we don’t know the entire story on how much your companies truly do. I am not writing to request money. I am not requesting anything for just myself. I am requesting your help on something that could do a lot of good for education. For the betterment of education, can you please get along? I don’t mean on every issue as [...]