Teach Kids How the Internet Works

Welcome to the first installment of my blog series focused on my upcoming book, Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet: Practical Classroom Applications. I always start the year with my freshmen making sure that they have a basic, underlying understanding of how the Internet works. I ask them to explain how…

Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse

Update: On Monday, June 3rd, the Briarcliff Manor Board of Education approved their 2013-2014 budget to include slots for Briarcliff students to attend the Walkabout Program. Many thanks from Walkabout alumni and next year’s cohort of students. As many who know me well are aware, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Walkabout Program…

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works

  I just finished reading the 2nd edition of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, a guide for educators who already are familiar with Classroom Instruction that Works. I must confess, I haven’t read Classroom Instruction that Works (it’s been on my to-read list forever), so while I was familiar with many of the strategies in the book,…

Dreams Matter

I’m tired. I’m tired of battling. I’m tired of defending my profession. I’m tired of the arguments and heated discussions about how education should be fixed. I’m tired of feeling like Sisyphus, rolling my boulder up the hill, only to watch it roll back down behind me again. I’m tired of pretending. I’m tired of…

American Teacher, the Movie

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a community screening of the new documentary, American Teacher, with my friends Ann, Meeno, and Brian at the School of the Future here in Philadelphia. While I don’t have the energy right now (it’s now two nights this week that I’ve haven’t made it home until 8pm!) to…