Say hello to the Free Agent Learner—that is, a typical middle school student!
by Sandra Miller
Students are not waiting around for educators to provide a new type of environment for their learning. They are creating opportunities for themselves.
Middle school students, in particular, view learning in new ways, often very different even from today’s high school students, who tend to use technology for more “traditional” tasks such as checking grades, taking notes...
Same Song, Second Verse
by Susan Brooks-Young
Do you remember The Prune Song? A camp classic, this silly ditty reviews the travails of life as a prune. The pleasure in singing the song comes from repeating over and over its first verse —“a little bit louder and a little bit worse!” A fun way for nine-year-olds to wile away the time perhaps, but not so amusing when adults persist in this same behavior.
Education Technology Guidance
by Michael Simkins
Yesterday, I received an email from an aspiring administrator with the subject line “Education technology guidance.” He wrote that as the “closest thing my school currently has to an Education Technologist,” he’s been tasked with writing a grant proposal for funding to help his school implement a blended learning environment.