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Day One with the iPads tomorrow…

January 25, 2012


I got a portable lab of iPads today. I had thought it would be a class set. The 16 in there, plus the 13 computers in my room, almost covers all of my classes for the picture in my head of how this will work. But I am on my own in trying out this […]

How do teachers deal with the apathetic?

January 20, 2012


I am the adviser to the National Honor Society kiddos at my school. They are smart, nice, leaders. They also have huge time commitments (sports, other clubs). And yet I find them to be disappointingly apathetic. They want stuff to happen. But they seem to want it all done FOR them. I’m not sure this […]

Halfway through week 1

January 12, 2012


Three days of “new” has been very eye-opening. I still don’t have the iPads. They are being re-imaged, or so the claim goes. I am trying to figure out how to do all I want to do, but today…well. A story: The #whyIhateschool trended the day before students returned. I took Teacher Tom’s compilation, printed […]

Finding inspiration from TED

January 1, 2012


My plan for this year is to have the students prove they are masters. But many of them already are masters. What to do with them while the others are, um, mastering… I am looking for inspiring (to teenagers) videos so they can have a meta-cognition moment with their iPads in which they have to […]