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?"

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.