Do your students have room to discover?

It has been just over a year since I first launched BlendedLearners.com. The months since I wrote my first blog post have been the most exciting of my career.  I have had the chance to work with dozens of teachers and school administrators, leveraging EdTech to support best instructional practice and improved outcomes for their students. … Continue reading Do your students have room to discover?

Do we need to protect children from technology overload?

I recently came across a posting on Doug Lemov’s field notes that expressed a common concern – technology overload among students. Mr. Lemov has had a powerful influence on contemporary education, and anyone in the field recognizes the contributions he has made to helping teachers and schools grow. I also agree with the overall sentiment … Continue reading Do we need to protect children from technology overload?

Best of Both Worlds (My Gamification Journal Part 3/3)

In Part I of my Gamification Journal I described how the needs of my students led me to begin using a Blended Learning approach to teaching math and I recounted the initial encouraging result. In Part II, I described how I extended the use of the online platform (Khan Academy) to personalize instruction and replace our math … Continue reading Best of Both Worlds (My Gamification Journal Part 3/3)

My Gamification Journal: Part 2 (Immersion)

In my last post, I described my first steps toward creating a gamified math class using Khan Academy. I started, not with the goal of gamifying, but with the need to tailor instruction to meet the needs of individual students. Introducing Khan Academy helped me to assign different work to different students and assess their progress, … Continue reading My Gamification Journal: Part 2 (Immersion)

My Gamification Journal: Part 1

Gamifying my 5th grade math course has been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my teaching career. After two and a half years of introducing gamified elements, I am finding a number of benefits: Students are learning by exploring Their education programs are truly differentiated by content, pace, and path (which leads to … Continue reading My Gamification Journal: Part 1

Real learning takes place when we give students the Room to Discover