Why This Blog?

This blog is the repository of materials I use with my students to help them think about what schools and teaching may be like in the future. I will add materials as I find them. If you have suggestions for materials that should be included here, please let me know via Twitter @drjohnhadley or by Email.

I also use these materials to stimulate an ongoing conversation with students and faculty on two questions: How do we determine whether a teacher is "technologically literate"? and Must all teachers be "technologically literate"?

The first question is the result of thinking about the second which was the central issue addressed in a 2007 post by Karl Fisch, author of The Fischbowl and Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado: "Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"

Monday, December 28, 2009

How the iPhone Could Reboot Education

iPhone, Headphones and a printed page
Wired Magazine reports on Abilene Christian University's use of the iPhone as an educational tool in an interesting post on the Gadget lab Blog in a post titled How the iPhone Could Reboot Education.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cinema Owls in Canada

Cinema Owls Logo

Anne-Marie Holmwood and her students at Kelowna Secondary School have created Cinema Owls a You Tube channel to make publically available the work of students in the film and media production classes that Anne Marie teaches.

Anne-Marie describes the things she considered and did in establishing the Cinema Owls channel in two interesting and helpful posts The Big Picture and Cinema Owls Take Flight.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

An Example of An End of Course Reflection

Delise Fathers created this YouTube movie to reflect on her experiences in Dr. Alec Couros's social media ECI831 at the University of Regina Fall 2009. It is an excellent example of one approach to a summary reflection on a course.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Siftables: The Toy Blocks That Think

Watch this TED Talk by David Merrill of MIT. My comment: WOW!

India Munden (TT4) found this for her Videocast. Thanks India!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Vision of K-12 Teachers Today

The More Info supplied on You Tube with this video says: "This video was created as a part of our Reading Assessment class at Arizona State. It was modeled after a video entitled "A Vision of K-12 STUDENTS today" and is a response to Graves' book entitled 'Testing is Not Teaching." ' By michelle1759

B. J. Nesbitt of the Gettys Middle School in Easley, S.C. contributes this K-12 version of Michael Wesch' s A Vision of Students Today.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


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Speaking of History - Eric Langhorst

From Mr. Chamberlain in a comment on Caroline Shedd's Blog: If you are really interested in learning how to use an mp3 player for school I would suggest checking out Eric Langhorst's Blog Speaking of History He uses Microsoft Zune's in his classroom instead of the Apple Ipod, but I think you will find that he has done an excellent job leveraging that technology. Eric was the Missouri state teacher of the year a couple years ago and has done tons of interesting professional things.

Thank you Mr. C

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Technology Rich Classrooms in Kansas

The following text accompanied this video on YouTube:
"Technology Rich Classrooms in Kansas are funded through the competitive portion of Title IID, Enhancing Education Through Technology, as a requirement of No Child Left Behind. The primary goal of the Ed Tech program (Title IID) is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. It is also designed to assist every student regardless of race, ethnicity, income, geographical location, or disability in becoming technologically literate by the end of eighth grade, and to encourage the effective integration of technology resources and systems with professional development and curriculum development to promote research-based instructional methods that can be widely replicated. " From http://trc.altec.org/

The Cyber Summit on 21st Century Skills is a nation-wide online event where educators, administrators, business people, policy makers and parents—anyone who desires to have a voice in the future of education in our country—can learn and be heard as we work together to advance the 21st Century Skills Movement.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Harry Burdick - Learning is Messy


Saturday, September 5, 2009

I Need My Teachers to Learn

John Strange says I found this video on At The Teachers Desk posted by Mr. William Chamberlain. I urge all teachers and aspiring teachers to watch it and think about the message in it. Also, my students should think of it as an example of one technique that could be used for their "Substantive Presentations" due near the end of the semester. Listen to the song written by Kevin Honeycutt from ESSDACK Video. Check out other YouTube Videos Directed/Edited by Shawn Gormley (otherwise known as changingworldbyfilm).

Mr. Chamberlain said:
I found this video on Wesley Fryer's blog Moving at the Speed of Creativity. I think this is an excellent example of how to create content that is powerful and meaningful. Watch the video below and listen to the message. Do you think this video might change the way someone you know thinks of using tech in the classroom?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Another PS 22 Video

This movie is accompanied with all of the following text on Alex Couros' excellent blog
Open Thinking: Rants and Resources From An Open Educator. The specific post from which the following is taken is:

Why Publish Student Work to the Web?

Here is yet another compelling reason why we should encourage posting student work to the Web. Enjoy this beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide from elementary students of the PS22 Chorus in New York City.

From the comments, “What does Stevie think of this?” (although I can’t confirm validity – confirmed here).

Just got word from Stevie Nicks tour manager that she was completely blown away by the PS22 Chorus rendition of her song “Landslide!” He said she asked him to replay 2 times afterwards, crying each time she watched! Talk about humbling!! And the kicker?? She invited the PS22 Chorus to sing the song at Madison Square Garden for the upcoming June 11th Fleetwood Mac show!! Holy cow!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mr. Winkle Wakes by Matthew Needleman

This is a video created by Matthew Needleman in response to the 2.0 version of Did You Know?

Did You Know 3.0 is an assignment for your blog posts for August 23. Add this to that assignment.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Education's Sacred Cows

Education's Sacred Cows, an excellent list of aphorisms that may be sacred or not. Read it. Which are sacred. Which are not?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Classroom Rules

From Education Innovation
1. Come to school every day, unless you would rather just go on line.

2. Come to class on time, or log into your online class anytime day or night, whenever it is most convenient to you.

3. Leave your seat only when necessary, which should be often to go collaborate with others or demonstrate something to the class.

4. Bring required materials, including your laptop and cell phone every day.

5. Talk only when permitted, text at all other times.

6. Don't Talk to your neighbors, unless you are sharing your ideas, asking for help or giving help.

7. Use polite speech when speaking, blogging, texting, Twittering, instant messaging, etc.

8. Do not cheat, but remix, re-purpose, and sample other peoples’ work and ideas and give them credit.

9. Follow the teacher's directions immediately and your peers’ directions too.

10. Be polite, courteous, and respectful at all times in both physical and virtual space.

11. Complete all assignments neatly and on time and submit on line or post to your blog or wiki, and share it with your followers on Twitter.

12. Keep your hands to yourself, but share all your ideas and knowledge with others in your Personal Learning Network.

13. Be quiet in lines, hallways, and restrooms, unless you are at home and logged into your on line classroom, in which case you can dance and play music.

14. If you need help raise your hand, but don’t wait for the teacher get help from your neighbors and post your question to your online Personal Learning Network.

15. Know what you are supposed to be learning, why, and what you will do with the knowledge.

The Future of Communication by Michael Wesch

In this extremely important video, Anthropologist Michael Wesch discusses how the schools of today must be changed, immediately and completely. He demonstrates how he is doing that with his class at Kansas State University.

From what I can gather from You Tube, this presentation was made to The National Geographic in the summer of 2009. This is what is onYou Tube: "Mike Wesch, a 2009 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, talks about the future of communication and education, and describes the inspiration behind—and breakthrough success of—his wildly popular video Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toward A New Future of Whatever - Michael Wesch

Jul 17th, 2009
Professor Michael Wesch has revised his talk in the post that immediately follows this one with the title "The Machine Is (Changing) Us.

This is what he says on his blog to introduce the new video:"
Here is the video from my recent talk at the Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. About 10 minutes of it is a minor update (rehash) of An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, but the rest is new. The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, “You know, somebody should … ” there were lots of people saying, “So I did this, this, and this, and now I’m working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate … ” In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call “critical optimism.” Nobody there was blindly optimistic, thinking technology was going to make everything better. They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd." Source: Mediated Cultures

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Machine is (Changing) Us - Michael Wesch

Alec Couros called this to me attention. He said: "Watch this. Trust me. The video is well worth your time." I would add that it is essential for all teachers, students, and people interested in contemporary culture.


Set Godin and Tom Peters discussing the importance of blogging. An important message for teachers and writers!

Social Networking

Seth Godin on Social Networking. Addresses social networking in business, but of interest to teachers as well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Vision of Students Today

This movie was produced by students at Kansas State University and Michael Wesch.

The web page referred to in the movie is Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University. This website is a fantastic resource for the questions that we will address in class next Monday. I am only sorry that I did not know about it sooner. And, yes, I found it through Twitter! Thanks to @willswartz !

Monday, July 6, 2009

Next Generation Learning

In a short movie entitled Next Generation Learning, British organization seeking to expand the use of technologies in a classroom, provides us with a slick presentation by a 6th grader showing a variety of ways technology can enhance learning.

Dr. Richard E. Miller Discusses Writing With Multimedia

A remarkable presentation by Richard E. Miller of Rutgers University, a true "writing with multi-media" effort, that shows what can be done to change from a reading/writing culture to a listening/watching culture and still have our students (and faculty) contribute to the products being listened to and watched (authors, if you will). For the first time I see how my challenge to teachers to adapt to a listening/watching culture by teaching students to produce multimedia instead of just consuming it can be brought about.

Part 1

Part 2

Dr. Miller's Dream for Rutgers

This presentation reveals Dr. Miller's dream of how Rutgers should respond to the new approaches to teaching and learning that Dr. Miller advocates:

Shift Happens 2.0 and 3.0


Embed 2.0


Embed 3.0

Narrated Version:

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The home page can be found at Edutopia. Edutopia is a major project of the George Lucas Foundation.
The major project of Edutopia is the Digital Generation Project
As of 6/30/09 there are 49 videos (11 minutes or less) available in iTunesU under Edutopia. Check out all of these videos!
A summary of teaching ideas is found in Edutopia's The Edutopia Webinar

Be sure to read these two Key Concept Blogs:
Sara Bernard: Digital generation Language Arts Lessons
Leonard Shlain: Media Literacy Is Vital in the Age of the Image

Vicki Davis: Harnessing Your Students' Digital Smarts

Alec Couros: Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning

Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning, a presentation to the faculty of the University of Delaware June 5, 2009.

Wendy Drexler: The Networked Student

The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century.

PS 22 Chorus

Transforming Schools Into 21st Century

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Txting away ur education by Patrick Welsh and a Reply by John H Strange

Patrick Welsh had an opinion piece in today's USAToday entitled "Txting away ur education". It is directly related to our discussions about tech literate teachers.

I have written a reply to Mr. Welsh.

This reply was shortened (with my approval) and printed as a Letter to the Editor in the USAToday on June 29, 2009.