Category Archives: Tom’s Writings

Free eBook Launched

I’d like to announce the official launch of my new eBook, Brutal Truths for Schools.  For those who have seen me present, this eBook is part one of my “It’s broken, so Let’s Fix it” theme.  I thought I’d put … Continue reading

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Engaged is Nice, but not Enough

What do Students Need to Succeed? When students have 1:1 access to digital resources, the traditional role of the teacher as information source is “disintermediated.” This doesn’t mean that students never need a teacher, or that educators don’t have a … Continue reading

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13 Reasons Why Digital Learning is Better

What’s so Good about Digital Learning? The following section moves through an extensive list of some of the main aspects that make digital learning different – and better – from what we might be used to. You may be very … Continue reading

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WebQuest Transformations

Overview I’ve found that there are two main phases to creating and participating in WebQuests.  First there is the whole immersion and information-gathering phase.  Interest is excited and the problem becomes clear so we prepare and soak up lots of … Continue reading

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Education: We’re in the Humanity Business

The following is a passage from a book I’m working on. I wrote it this morning and thought I’d share it to see if people have any comments.  Thanks, Tom — <soapbox> Clearly we can’t simply drop even the best … Continue reading

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PLEASE Stop Teaching!

Here’s a passage from my Next Era Ed book I wrote this morning. What if we could improve students: conceptual understandings retention of information quality of performance achievement interest in pursuing further study mental wellness & self concept sophistication of … Continue reading

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Tom on Ed Tech Crew

Continuing on the NML de-brief, I had a really nice chat with the Ed Tech Crew: Darrel Branson (The ICT Guy) and Tony Richards (from itmadesimple.com). Here’s the podcast: [podcast]http://www.edtechcrew.net/wp-content/podcasts/EDTECHCREW104.mp3[/podcast] Don’t forget to look for links and further discussions on … Continue reading

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Contemporary Teaching Skills

Hello!  Above is an emerging vision of how to define and support teachers as they develop their “Contemporary Teaching” (and Learning!) skills.  The term comes from MCEETYA, which does a good job of describing what others have called “21st Century” … Continue reading

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Tom’s New WebQuest article

Interactive Educational Multimedia has just published my most recent article, Revisiting WebQuests in a Web 2 World. As the subtitle indicates, with Web 2.0, “developments in technology and pedagogy combine to scaffold personal learning.” The WebQuest was launched in 1995 … Continue reading

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