Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more E-fficient!
Kasey Bell - @ShakeUpLearning
Alice Keeler - @alicekeeler
Alice is best known for her book, 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom, but has recently been focusing a lot of her work on the topic of homework. We all have opinions on if it's beneficial and what it should look like. But, the quote that stood out to me was, "Let's call it Independent Practice...if it's called homework, it assumes it needs to be done at home as if it's magical. The location doesn't make it magical." This can be digested in numerous ways, but she does bring up a decent point about allowing students to have teacher and peer access while working independently, and ultimately learning more rather than doing it at home with little to no guidance and no chance to ask further questions. You can check out her and Matt's upcoming book Ditch That Homework when it becomes available to read more about their thoughts and suggestions.
Dave Burgess - @burgessdave
Perhaps you've heard of Dave Burgess, either by seeing him on Twitter or reading one of his PIRATE books. Dave is a Social Studies teacher in San Diego, California and exudes excitement for teaching and learning in his classroom. Among many key takeaways, the most clever one I took away was "Preheating the Grill." For example, "you don't put a steak on a cold grill...you heat it and it sizzles." Teaching and technology work in much the same way. Dave said, "What do you say the day before to make them want to come the next day? We want to use mystery and curiosity to buzz anticipation." Imagine if your students didn't HAVE to be in your class. Would they still come? This message from Dave can really make an impact in your classroom about building excitement and anticipation for the next day's lesson.