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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, [...]

Karl Fisch: Technology as a Cornerstone of Curriculum

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Yesterday  Karl Fisch, Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School and the second “Featured Speaker” in our Summer Teacher Institute, shared his insight on Technology as a Cornerstone of Curriculum.  Karl’s session guided participants through how learning occurs,  “The Shift” that is occuring in education, literacies for the 21st century, and a vision of schools [...]

Disrupting Class: Disruptive But Not Innovative

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I’m a little behind the curve in terms of tackling my reading list, but the holidays gave me a chance to finally read Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Curtis Johnson, and Michael Horn.  As the title suggests, this much-discussed book applies Christensen’s theory of Disruptive [...]