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?"

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.