Artificial intelligence is changing the landscape of our written language, seeping into schools, the workplace, and the shadowy world of deepfakes. Some have compared the projected magnitude of its impact to that of the calculator or the internet itself.
When I asked ChatGPT to create an
Why I Left Silicon Valley, EdTech, and Personalized Learning
It’s hard to say whether I chose personalized learning--or whether it chose me. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but when I moved halfway across the country in 2014 to join an education technology company and network of
In the blockbuster movie, “Ready Player One,” 18-year-old Wade Watts needs only to don a virtual reality headset to save the world. Watts embarks on a fantastical treasure hunt in the year 2045—all conducted in virtual reality. It’s escapist fantasy, and (spoiler alert) the good guys win. Yet, virtual reality—or
When I reflect upon the arc of my education career, I can’t help but feel deep gratitude for the tremendous privilege and responsibility it has been to teach and lead K-12 students. It’s an even greater privilege and responsibility to teach current and future teachers
Wouldn’t it be great to double academic achievement with digital tools in our schools? The challenge it seems, when it comes to educational technology use in our schools, is to differentiate authentic impact evidence from hoopla. I’ve only just returned from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 conference, where I was confronted with this challenge at nearly every turn.
In fact, much of the evidence-free rhetoric I heard reminded me of a prediction made by
Students tend to avoid subjects where they’re not likely to succeed. When you think about it, the reasoning is pretty obvious: failure is difficult and damaging to the ego. That’s why I believe that every student should be exposed to computational thinking early and often.
Like many school counselors, I often imagine the lives of my students years later, transformed by education and the possibilities we opened up for them. A large part of realizing their future lives is introducing them to new concepts and ideas and encouraging them to
Blended learning is not a new phrase, nor does it mean the same thing to the same people. Blended learning experiences may be teacher-designed and created, purchased software programs, or part of the online textbook series adopted by the school. Some are differentiated for student
The SMART Board screen shines bright and excitement buzzes through the classroom as students log on. They share, create, compete, and demonstrate their learning in these online spaces, showing what they know and can do in engaging, interactive, and adaptive ways.
But then what? What comes
One of the best reasons to adopt technology is because it can provide students a much more active, meaningful, and self-directed educational experience in your classroom. As a bonus, it can make your job much, much easier. In my workshops with educators, I often call