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Founder & Director of TeachThought, humanist, technologist, futurist, failed philosopher, macro thinker extraordinaire.

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A School Twitter Chat

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A Twitter Chat In Your School by Nellie Mitchell A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development and gives educators the option to participate in their PJs, from the comfort of their own home! It is essentially a chat room, with everyone sharing and talking and hanging out […]

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Wendell Berry And Preparing Students For “Good Work”

Wendell Berry And Preparing Students For “Good Work” by Terry Heick Today (August 5th) is Wendell Berry’s 81st birthday. The influence of Berry on my life–and thus inseparably from my teaching and learning–has been immeasurable. His ideas on scale, limits, accountability, community, and careful thinking have a place in larger conversations about economy, culture, and […]

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Data-Driven Teaching? The Unit Isn’t Doing You Any Favors

Data-Driven Teaching? The Unit Isn’t Doing You Any Favors by Terry Heick It’s been a great run. We’ve had some great times, and done some cool things we’ll never forget. Like that time in the summer PD where all the department teachers got together and sketched out their idea of a perfect unit, and made it happen. […]

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A Definition Of Web Literacy (And How Students Can Benefit)

A Definition Of Web Literacy (And How Students Can Benefit) by Chris Lawrence, VP of Learning At Mozilla Reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of education. While the methods for teaching them may vary, the three Rs are timeless and universal. They equip learners with the skills necessary to interact and participate in the […]

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What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning

What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning by Derek Spanfelner, learnivore.com I spent more than 5 years in public school classrooms, both urban and suburban, and while I saw a lot of educators working their behinds off and engaging kids in valuable, essential learning, I also saw a lot of kids that were disenchanted by what […]

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Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools  by Terry Heick Libraries are brilliant because books are brilliant. So how we organize those books is no small matter—and deserves additional scrutiny as technology changes things. Let’s, then, look at this idea first as a matter of symbolism, then function: What books are, and how […]

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