Too Much Information? Tools for Organizing Information
by Susan Brooks-Young
"Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit." William Pollard (1911-1989)
Physicist William G. Pollard may not have experienced the Digital Age first hand, but he hit the nail on the head when he observed that information without context or form is more burden than blessing. Over the last decade, students and adults alike often identify information management as one of their biggest challenges. And unhappily, access to more information than any one person can reasonably be expected to cope with appears to be a growing problem. Researchers currently estimate that on average most people are exposed to the amount of information it takes to fill 174 newspapers (at 85 pages each) every single day! [read more]
The Beatles Nailed IT
by George Lieux
The long and winding road that leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here
Leads me to your door
Technology was probably not on the Beatles' minds when they composed "The Long and Winding Road."
As a technology coach focused on maximizing learning, my job is a long and winding adventure. It's long because technology is constantly changing. It's winding because I keep searching around for new and better ways to provide meaningful professional development.
One useful discovery on my winding path is Ruben R. Puentedura's "SAMR" model. The relatively simple terms—substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition—seem to resonate with administrators and teachers. [read more
Door open or shut?
by Michael Simkins
"Mr. S, Mr. S, what should we do?"
That was the question my fifth-grade students asked after the second of two school assemblies we attended in close succession. The first was about earthquake preparedness and the speaker told the kids to sleep with their bedroom doors open. In the second, the fire marshal admonished everyone to sleep with their bedroom doors closed. Good grief! What's a ten-year-old to do?
I was reminded of that dilemma recently when, on the same day, I read two interesting articles, one entitled "6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology" and the other, "Instead of Getting Ready for the Tech Revolution, Schools Are Scaling Back." [read more]