Real Change From Within, Not From Above

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Lately, I’ve been reading Peter Block’s The Answer to How is Yes and Robert Evans’ The Human Side of School Change. While Block’s musings are mostly philosophical and Evans’ primarily psychological, …

Fostering Mathematical Mindsets with iPads in the Classroom from Mason

Follow Mason on Twitter: @edtechmason All students can learn math. Better yet, all students can love math. And even more importantly, all students can excel at math. And when classrooms go one-to-one with iPads, this enhances opportunities to foster the mathematical mindsets …

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll Although Personalized Learning has gained considerable traction in education, there is still much confusion and, at times, heated debate regarding what this set of ideas actually means …

Teaching History with Technology: Reflections on 16 Years & Counting – from Tom Daccord

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. In a few weeks, I will be instructing the EdTechTeacher “Teaching History with Technology Workshop” for the 16th straight year.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about changes in technology …

4 Must-Use Video Apps to Encourage Reflection on the iPad from Ben Sondgeroth

Want to learn what Ben is up to? Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Sondgeroth While completing my undergraduate degree in history education, I recall having to submit a written reflection after completing every lesson. I also remember being somewhat annoyed at the process and questioned …

Are You Innovating or Simply Changing? 6 Essential Considerations

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “Innovation” initiatives have become the rage in many schools and districts. Some have hired an “Innovation Director” and others have created an entire Innovation department. Others focus on …

“Let’s Just Try It” is Not Leadership – From Tom Daccord

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Millions of iPads and Chromebooks entered American classrooms between 2012 and 2015 and often joined laptops already in place. As a result of the influx, many schools decided …

Challenge-Based Workshops: Moving Teachers From Discomfort to Empowerment

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Does the following seem familiar? “Okay, everybody, click here. Now, everybody click here. Now, everybody click here. Now, everybody read along with me. Now, everybody watch me.” Boring, …

Last week, I had the privilege of keynoting the first annual Inspired Learning Convention in Mendon-Upton, MA.  Whereas many schools and districts talk about the need for innovation, educators in Mendon-Upton use the concept of inspired learning.  As I wrote in a post on …

“But I Don’t Have Time!”-  Escaping Constraints That Thwart Teacher Innovation (Part 1)

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “I don’t have time.” It’s teachers most frequently cited reason for not trying a new pedagogical strategy. At least it’s the reason I hear most frequently from middle …

5 Google Search Tools and Strategies to Cut Through the Clutter

We use search engines each day to help us search for information. Our biggest hurdle is the amount of information we need to sort through to find exactly what we want.  Knowing how to effectively and efficiently search is part of being …

Schools & Random Acts of Innovation

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “Few individual schools sustain random acts of innovation over time.” -Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond In schools across America, administrators and teachers are making forays into innovative practices such …