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Thomas Whitby's Blog – March 2012 Archive (4)

"Cellphones are a Distraction"

Over the last year I have engaged many educators on the topic of using “Cellphones” as learning tools in the classroom. I would say that in most of these discussions, the leading reason given not to have “Cellphones” in a classroom is that they are a distraction.

For the purpose of this post, I am placing some Webster definitions here:

Telephone: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance; specifically: one in which sound is…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 30, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

#ASCD12 Opening Day

Over the next few days my blog will be a snapshot album of words describing what it is like to attend a premiere education conference, ASCD12. This is an experience that most educators rarely experience over the course of their careers. It is not an inexpensive proposition to send educators to national conferences. For some reason many districts use that as a reason to send the same administrators year after year to these conferences. I think administrators have the idea that their district…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 23, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

“We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks” #Beyondthetextbook

In order for educators to teach kids, they need something to teach. Exactly what it is that educators should teach has often been discussed and continues to be the focus of ongoing discussions for over many generations. The delivery of that content, in regard to what to teach, has never been of great concern, because the bulk of it came in the form of text, delivered in a book called the textbook. In the 50’s the education pioneers introduced film strips, 16mm films, and recordings to…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 20, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Why most teachers don’t know what they don’t know.

Most professions have professional journals. Professional journals have long been the method by which innovations to professions have been introduced. Lengthy articles explaining the: who, what, where, when, why and how of an innovation in the profession was spelled out for all to read. Follow-up journal articles weighed the pros and cons. Journals historically have been a form of print media, but with the advent of the internet many are transitioning to a digital form in addition to the…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 7, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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