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, November 2, 2010

Changing to Learn - Changing to Learn

If you watch only one video in search of the answer as to why we are doing why we are doing what we are doing in EDM310, watch this one!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pushing Back on Mediocre Professors

Seth Godin
Pushing back on mediocre professors is reprinted here in its entirety.

College costs a fortune. It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money.

When a professor assigns you to send a blogger a list of vague and inane interview questions ("1. How did you get started in this field? 2. What type of training (education) does this field require? 3. What do you like best about your job? 4. what do you like least about your job?") I think you have an obligation to say, "Sir, I'm going to be in debt for ten years because of this degree. Perhaps you could give us an assignment that actually pushes us to solve interesting problems, overcome our fear or learn something that I could learn in no other way..."

When a professor spends hours in class going over concepts that are clearly covered in the textbook, I think you have an obligation to repeat the part about the debt and say, "perhaps you could assign this as homework and we could have an actual conversation in class..."

When you discover that one class after another has so many people in a giant room watching a tenured professor far far in the distance, perhaps you could mention the debt part to the dean and ask if the class could be on video so you could spend your money on interactions that actually changed your life.

The vast majority of email I get from college students is filled with disgust, disdain and frustration at how backwards the system is. Professors who neither read nor write blogs or current books in their field. Professors who rely on marketing textbooks that are advertising-based, despite the fact that virtually no professional marketers build their careers solely around advertising any longer. And most of all, about professors who treat new ideas or innovative ways of teaching with contempt.

"This is costing me a fortune, prof! Push us! Push yourself!"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sharing: The Moral Imperative

Dean Shareski
2010 Preconference Keynote
K12 Online Conference

Presenter: Dean Shareski
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Sharing: The Moral Imperative

SMHS Gen Yes Rocks

SMHS GenYes Rocks! from Debbie Kovesdy on Vimeo.

Also see the Huffington Press article by Sylvia Martinez It's A Gift --Tech Savvy Kids Changing the World

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Increasing Student Achievement with Macs

two students using Mac books
It's not just the technology: it's project based learning, it's collaborative learning, it's rigorous learning, it's empowerment through trust, it's powerful tools used by excited teachers, it's tools that are easy to learn and use, it's an emphasis on creativity. Here is what Green County, N.C. did to improve student achievement: Increasing Student Achievement with Macs.

Thanks Allie Howell for finding and sharing this!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Faculty Response to A Vision of Students Today

Watch A Faculty Response to A Vision of Students Today on You Tube. Be sure to read the comments. Leave a comment of your own. Comments are often more important than you might think!

Found by Carrie Tucker. Thanks Carrie!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Stable Boy and the iPad by Michael Noer (Forbes)

Forbes Header The Stable Boy and the iPad
Steve Jobs holding an iPad
It’s easy to be a knee-jerk cynic about Steve Jobs. After all, this is a man who seemingly can’t describe a product made by Apple without using the words “revolutionary” and/or “magical.” Even techno-crud like the MacBook Air and Apple TV.

But there are moments when you simply can’t deny the man’s genius. Two weeks ago, I was staying at a working dairy farm 60 kilometers north of Bogotá, Colombia. I was fiddling around with my iPad (OK, OK, I was reading a crappy science fiction novel) when one of the kids that worked in the stables came up to me and started staring at it. He couldn’t have been more than 6 years old, and I’d bet dollars to donuts that he had never used a computer or even a cellular telephone before (Colombia has many attractions. The vast pool of illiterate poor is not one of them.)

Curious, I handed him the device and a very small miracle happened. He started using it. I mean, really using it. Almost instantly, he was sliding around, opening and closing applications, playing a pinball game I had downloaded. All without a single word of instruction from me (my conversational Spanish is largely limited to nodding sagely while intoning sí, sí interspersed with the occasional Quiero una cerverza más, por favor.)

Think about this. Steve Jobs has designed a powerful computer that an illiterate 6-year-old can use without instruction. If that isn’t magical, I don’t know what is.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Did You Know - A Student Perspective

Thank to Heather Bright for finding this video of Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School in Las Vegas.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Phone Numbers Are Dead, They Just Don't Know It Yet by Nikhyl Singhal

Phone Numbers Are Dead, They Just Don't Know It Yet by Nikhyl Singhal

A fascinating commentary on what may lie ahead for phone numbers and the way we communicate on "telephones."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home

Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home!. A must read for all teachers and administrators according to Allison Kirby (Summer 2010). I agree. Actually, you will enjoy all posts on this blog. Look it over. Subscribe by RSS Feed!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dan Pink's Talk at RSA

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Added because of Content and Technique. Think about both when you watch this interesting video.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

Found by Jennifer Chambers (Class B Spring '10). Here's her post:
I Think I've Become A Blogger
Check this out - just amazing! A choir ensemble of 185 people peformed Lux Aurumque. That in itself doesn't seem special. Until you realize the singers never met or performed together. The entire performance was put together through the internet and posted on You Tube. This was on the WKRG 5 Early Morning News today [May 4, 2010].

Thanks Jennifer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recommended by Jessica Ferris

In her final blog post reflecting on what she learned Jessica wrote this:
Since my perspective on technology has changed significantly, my mindset and hunger to learn about more has improved as well. I use whatever I can whenever I can. This commercial really summarizes the potential for the capacity of technology use. I just saw it on television, and I was amazed at how relevant it was to this particular blog post!

Thanks Jessica. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What You Can Learn From A Lousy Teacher - Seth Godin

What you can learn from a lousy teacher...

If you have a teacher (of any sort) that you cannot please, that you cannot learn from, that is unwilling to take you where you need to go because he is defending the status quo and demonstrates your failure on whatever report card he chooses to use, you could consider yourself a failure. Or you could remind yourself...

Grades are an illusion
Your passion and insight are reality
Your work is worth more than mere congruence to an answer key
Persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure is a powerful ability
Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run
If you care enough about the work to be criticized, you've learned enough for today

From Seth Godin's Blog

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dr. Seuss - The Zax

Paulo Cassallo (Class B) contributed this video in her post Sunday, March 7, 2010.It was first brought to my attention in an email from Amanda Sullivan (Class F). Think about these two statements when you watch the video:
Paula wrote: " 'Paula - are you being a ZAX with regard to technology?' I don't want to be a Zax but change is not always easy."
Amanda wrote: "I feel like a lot of teachers are like the Zax!"

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

An Open Letter to Educators by Dan Brown

via @courosa to MBayda's site Morgan Bayda

The iSchool Initiative

Found by Paula Casallo (Class B)
This will be part of the Blog Assignments in the 2nd half of this semester.
Thank you Paula!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Education Sites of Importance

There are hundreds of educational sites I could recommend. But start with these great teachers:
Mr. Michael Fawcett ("TeacherNZ"), Hamilton, New Zealand:Glenview 9 Class Blog; 9lenview; and What Now? What Next? So What?
Mr. Jarrod Lamshed, Adelaide, Australia: Mr. Lamshed's Class
Mr. Joe McClung, Fayetteville, Arkansas: Mr. McClung's World
Ms. Jenny She, Auckland, New Zealand: Jenny's Learning Journal
Room 10, Pt. England School, Auckland, N.Z.: Room 10, Pt. England School
Mr. Myles Webb ("NZWaikato"), Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand: Room 8 @ Melville Intermediate School
Mrs. Kelly Hines, Washington, N.C.: Mrs. Hines' Leading Learners and Keeping Kids First
Ms. Alison Colbeck, Willunga, South Australia, Australia: 2 BC
Ms. Candace Follis, Missouri: The Follis Files
Ms. Cristy Vogel, South Carolina: Reading Resources 4 French Teachers Wiki and Page Français de Hammond School
Ms. Beth Still, Scottsbluff, Nebraska: Nebraska Change Agent
Mr. Russ Goerend Learning Is Life and Mr. Goerend.com Room 304's Classroom Blog