Andrew's Blog (21)

Misinterpretation of 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills
It means something. But what? For those that haven't had time to explore the phrase's meaning, the… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 26, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments

The 21st Century Music Program

I've written about it already: Music Education must shift (as most… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 26, 2010 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

It's About Connection

As a middle school teacher, if I have learned anything about being an effective teacher, I have learned it's all about connection. Not connection with 'the class' because there's no such thing as 'the class'. The connection(s) you must cultivate are those between you and each and every student.

Students will largely forget what you say to them but they will never forget how you made them feel. Connection offers the opportunity for you to build… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 10, 2009 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Students Seeking Relevance In Education

Ben Grey raises one of the most fundamental questions regarding our present situation:

What are we doing for students accomplishing their most amazing feats of education outside the education system?
Information has become decentralized.… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 5, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

The Changing Nature of Professional Development In Education

This blog and it's sister blog has as its focus bringing to light the game changers of 21st century technologies and globalization as related to Education and how teaching and learning gets done in (U.S.) schools. The very first posts were critical commentaries about the perceived fear and obstruction of schools in terms of adopting new and potentially transformative learning… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 29, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

Seeking Technology Standards For Teachers

Just as there is a problematic digital divide among regions of the U.S., where some students have 24/7 access to information while others have no access, there is a problematic division between teacher's understanding of and use of technology for learning. I am talking, here, about situations where technology would actually be significantly more beneficial than traditional means of learning.

It seems we may be approaching a point where technology standards ought to be developed for… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 26, 2009 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Flat World Editorial

My "flat world " editorial was published in the Berkshire Eagle May 17, 2009-- with book recommendations. Probably redundant for many Classroom 2.0 folks but huge in my local scene. Many don't even "get" what I'm talking about. Long roads to travel here.

BTW, that's become my focus: Acting locally while thinking Globally. I'm calling it GLOCAL EDUCATION.

Added by Andrew on May 17, 2009 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Music Education Must Evolve

Music Education is traditionally thought of in terms of General Music, Band and Chorus. But, except in a few schools, the vast majority of students are not enrolled in Band and Chorus.

So, how should we teach music to everyone else? Should reading music be a priority? Notating music? Are these, perhaps, roadblocks to music creation, involvement and enjoyment?

The REALITY is that, even among people who earn a living as musicians, only a full 10% can actually read music. A… Continue

Added by Andrew on March 28, 2009 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

2 Papers Worth Reading?

from the education ercade

THE EDUCATION ARCADE released two white papers to guide the development and dissemination of educational games (and other technologies).

The Education Arcade at MIT has released two white papers on educational games and other learning technologies: Moving Learning Games Forward and Using the Technology… Continue

Added by Andrew on February 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My DJ Playlist for What It's Worth

Here's the latest project in my Music Technology Class (8th Grade):


"You've been called to be the DJ for the dance on Friday. Create a playlist for the dance."

First, use online resources to find and listen to potential songs to be included.

Potential sources are Songza, Seeqpod, i-Tunes and Musicovery.

Next, use MS Word… Continue

Added by Andrew on January 12, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Professional Development In Education: What's Your Ideal?

This post will be used in a graduate level class I am teaching focused on 21st century learning tools. If interested, please use the comment feature below this post to answer the following knowing that what you write may be used in this class. Thanks in advance to all contributors

* As a teacher, what is your actual experience in the area of Professional Development?

* What is your ideal? What do you seek from Professional Development?

* How can/might Web 2.0 tools assist…

Added by Andrew on December 6, 2008 at 6:05am — 4 Comments

Making What You Do Count

If we want success and a renewed sense of purpose in the classroom and for our students, we need to continually review what we do and insist that what we do matches both what we believe and what we expect which, as a composite, is our Ideal......

Added by Andrew on October 20, 2008 at 10:52am — No Comments

I Have Merged My Blogs

Dear Friends,

I have merged my Education-themed weblogs. It was a marriage that seemed inevitable. In reality, I was testing the waters with Typepad and Wordpress (self hosted) and Wordpress won. The content on both blogs was similar and was centered around provoking thought about school/teaching practices at this particular point in the evolution of Education.

I will continue this work, though, with a greater intensity and focus as I am no longer "split" by the… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 21, 2008 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Top 10 Web/Tech Tools For Music Educators

This list I made at the end of last year still has relevance-

Throughout the school year, I often reflect on the changes I have made with regard to instructional strategies. This year has been biggie for utilizing web tools and software in and out of the classroom. As a consequence, I have been more connected to student’s real learning needs. I have also been able to effectively handle the massive ‘data pile’ of student work and assessments…


Added by Andrew on February 9, 2008 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Who Should Control Information?

I've written about the fear of the internet

before. I consider this fear to be a real barrier in schools even

though so many enlightened educators are using technology in effective

and inspiring ways (ie..Classroom2.0!). Angela brings up a great point. To wit: "We can’t control the information. Suddenly, there are too many options.


Added by Andrew on January 11, 2008 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

A Thought About The Kindle E-Book Reader

I have previously posted about

my belief that the Kindle has potential to be widely adopted in schools

and by teachers. Here are two reasons why this may have some traction:
  • Literacy rates are down and there are mandates (NCLB, for example) to raise literacy rates in schools across the country.

  • The Kindle looks and feels like a toy (or video game; or…

Added by Andrew on January 9, 2008 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Why Educators Should Read Seth Godin

Why should a teacher or any other educational leader read Seth Godin? There are two compelling reasons as far as I’m concerned:

1- He talks (writes) common sense.

2- He insists on evidence as a driving force for decision making and change.

Nearly every blog post he writes and every paragraph in his books contains these two elements. Why should common sense and evidence be important to…


Added by Andrew on January 9, 2008 at 1:04pm — No Comments

How Do You Market Yourself?

Every time you teach, you are marketing your character. You are marketing your character, your efficiency, your trustworthiness and your resourcefulness. You are marketing to gain the trust of your customers (students). How?

By giving constructive feedback early and often: You gain trust that you care.

By demonstrating how to solve the same problems asked of students: You gain student confidence in your abilities and respect of your skills.

By creating opportunities for… Continue

Added by Andrew on December 20, 2007 at 9:48am — No Comments

Do Administrators Fear Education 2.0?

I believe that fear of the Internet by parents, administrators and school boards is blocking the opportunity for real learning to take place in schools. Most school districts have Internet use policies in place.

These policies, however, are restrictive and punitive. Very few

Internet policies in school districts encourage the use of the Internet

as a learning tool in the classroom.…


Added by Andrew on December 3, 2007 at 7:28am — 7 Comments

'Thank You So Much' Is Not An Answer

Seth Godin writes about the ubiquitous practice by businesses of sending their customers away without solving their problems. Somewhere along the line,

businesses bought into the notion that if you ‘appear to be listening’

that’s all people want anyway.

It is, of course, maddening if you are on the receiving end of this “service”. I have experienced it. Worse than this, though, is when it…


Added by Andrew on December 3, 2007 at 7:15am — 1 Comment


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