As most Radical readers know, I'm one of the authors of Teaching the iGeneration — a title designed to introduce teachers to ways that technology can be used to design lessons that give students opportunities to experiment with essential skills like collaboration, information management and persuasion.
It's probably the title that I'm most proud of because it is incredibly practical.
I've shared everything that I know about good teaching in the 21st Century. Readers — especially those teaching middle and high schoolers — should be able to pick up Teaching the iGeneration and begin changing their work immediately.
That's why YOU — or the teachers in YOUR school — might be interested in a series of two-day workshops that I'm delivering in the Fall of 2012.
Each workshop is designed to help teachers find logical first steps towards integrating technology into their instruction. We'll look at the changing nature of today's learners and discuss the disconnect between the learning spaces that we've created and the learning spaces that our kids crave.
We'll talk about the strategies that efficient learners take to manage the crush of information in today's hyper-connected world. We'll examine the differences between students who use social spaces for networking and social spaces for learning.
We'll explore the changing nature of persuasion in a visual world and talk about how students can generate their own audiences for the issues they care about.
Most importantly, we'll look for overlaps between the work we are CURRENTLY doing and the work that we SHOULD be doing in schools. We'll innovate at the edges of the box and build bridges between what we know about efficient learning and what our students know about new tools.
Interested in learning more?
Then check out the slides that I used for three Teaching the iGeneration workshops that I delivered in March and check out the session wiki where most of the resources for my iGeneration workshops are housed:
Then, explore the thoughts that Lesa Goodman — an eighth grade teacher in Union County — shared on her blog after spending two days learning with me in January of 2012:
Finally, you can learn more about me — and the digital work that I do with students — by checking out my presenter page on the Solution Tree website.
What I hope you'll find is that my status as a full time, real live, bona fide practicing classroom teacher brings credibility to conversations about teaching and learning with technology. Everything that I share with audiences are lessons learned through experience — and that matters.
Hope you'll consider coming to a workshop this fall — and bringing friends!
There's nothing that I like more than a room full of passionate practitioners who are interested in reimagining the work that we do with kids.
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