Monthly Archives: September 2011

Using Google Earth to empathize with the news and gain global context

Below, I have embedded the third take of a video I’m trying to make that shows, as the title explains, how to use Google Earth to help students empathize with the news.  If you use Google Earth a lot, the … Continue reading

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Why you should use Twitter

This is an attempt to convince my lovely wife Jocelyn (and other folks in education) why she should use Twitter. She often makes fun of me, asking if I have Tweeted recently. Sometimes, she’ll say “tweet tweet” in a gentle, … Continue reading

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Diaper Derby at the Durham Bulls game

There is a point to this post, and it has to do with standardized testing, technology, and the kind of learning that’s possible today. Bear with me… Last night, as my family walked into the Durham Bulls stadium, I was … Continue reading

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Beethoven as a window into the late 1700s and early 1800s

Here’s an example of how history and art are intertwined, and of how students should — for at least some part of their day — be learning about the world on their own terms, following their own interests. My son … Continue reading

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A big week in the news – starting with Labor Day

This post is for middle or high school students who just started paying attention to the national (and international) news. This week there are quite a few “big deal” events going on and it would be nice if you had … Continue reading

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