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?"

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"