“I hate lectures. Within the first five minutes, I am checked out,” said Humphrey, a student who prefers using class time for in-depth discussions. “Digital stuff is always better than someone talking at me.”

From cellular mitosis to using semicolons, most subjects have remedial material that is important to know and difficult for professors to translate into a creative lecture or an active discussion. If these dull-but-necessary lessons migrate out of the classroom, professors can use the extra time for more creative, complicated and nuanced topics.

Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again - Quartz (via infoneer-pulse)

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Anonymous asked: Sometimes you ask for help so much I wonder if you have any original ideas at all.

I do…most of the time I save them for Twitter but I also enjoy responding to other peoples’ questions.  I see Tumblr as a great place to get ideas from a lot of other talented folks.  Not everyone has time to post original stuff all the time…especially when I’ve never had the chance to teach something two years in a row.  I’m constantly teaching new subjects/topics and seeking out some great ideas from you all!

What are your best resources for teaching American History?

Teaching it for the first time in a while and I know there is a lot out there.  Help me find the best stuff!

Tangible Media

MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."


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The dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized. Our goal wasn’t to keep students quiet, but rather to have them engaged in the learning process. The class became noisier — and it was good.

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class | Edutopia (via teachnologies)

"It looks like chaos," I say, "but it’s controlled chaos."

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