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Blind Men, Elephants, and Cognitive Tools

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

When my children were younger, their bedtime routine invariably included a nightly story or two, and one of their favorites was the well-worn tale of the blind men and the elephant. As the Hindu fable goes, a group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like.  Each touches a different part, [...]

Year 1 of 1:1–Faculty Reflections

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Last week I shared the students’ perceptions regarding the first year of our 1:1 Tablet PC learning initiative, and now it’s time to pass along what the faculty and I have gleaned over the last 10 months.  It’s always challenging to summarize the opinions of educators, but there were a few major points of consistency [...]

Year 1 of 1:1–Student Reflections

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

With classes dismissed and final exams marked, the first year of our 1:1 Tablet PC learning initiative has officially concluded.  The past 10 months have been a learning experience for everyone–students, teachers, parents, administrators–and some feedback and reflection are in order.  Before departing for the summer, our seventh grade students completed a brief survey and [...]