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Back to School Week, Part 1: Let’s Do Lunch!
September 3, 2013 | 11:40 am

schoolIt's back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don't start classes until Thursday, but we're back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of Autumn, I'll be highlighting some useful school-thened e-book resources. For this inaugural post, we'll be "doing lunch" by looking at some lunchbox-themed e-books. * * * 1. Cooking with Trader Joe's Easy Lunchboxes by Kelly Lester I use the "Easy Lunchbox" containers regularly, and love their beautiful, photo-heavy cookbook so much that I have copies both in print (autographed!)...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 6: The Nearly-Free English Degree — Electives and Wrap-Up
August 31, 2013 | 9:49 pm

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * I hope you've been enjoying my series on the "nearly free" English degree! So far, I think I asked you to buy just one book. That reallyis nearly free! For this final installment, I list books and subjects you can use to round out your program with some electives. These are all intended to be introductory courses to various topics; it is beyond the scope of this series to present a full-fledged program for higher math and science subjects, for example. But you can take...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four
August 26, 2013 | 3:29 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each "course" below is worth one credit. Literary Theory and one of the In-Depth Study courses are compulsory; you'll need to pick two others, from at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 4: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Three
August 23, 2013 | 1:36 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year three of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering the Romantic through Post-Colonial times. Each "course" below is worth one credit. You'll need to pick three of them, from at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections I'll give you once we've covered the English ones. For each course, you'll follow the...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two
August 21, 2013 | 2:00 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each "course" below is worth one credit. You'll need to pick three of them, for at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections that I'll give you once we've covered the English ones. For each...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One
August 20, 2013 | 4:27 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new "Don't Go to Art School" series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to skip an expensive art school degree, and to educate themselves, DIY-style. I promised to share with you a similar plan that would give you the equivalent in another curriculum area: the humanities. So, here we go: Part One of the "Nearly-Free English Degree." We'll be structuring this particular program using the same format I followed for...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument
August 17, 2013 | 6:42 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog post. It's titled, "Don't Go to Art School," and here's an excerpt: "Artists are neither doctors nor lawyers. We do not, on average, make huge six-figure salaries. We can make livable salaries, certainly. Even comfortable salaries. But we ain’t usually making a quarter mil a year. Hate to break it to you. An online debt repayment calculator recommended a salary exceeding $400,000 in order to pay off a RISD education within 10 years. "Don’t do it. "Don’t start...

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools
July 29, 2013 | 4:45 pm

laptopsMediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that's grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have been great for students—they've spent their time "doing everything from conversing with peers in Costa Rica through Twitter in a history class, to designing and producing their own online magazines." But it hasn't been so great for the IT department employees, who've spent their time trying to reinstall content filters after students worked very...

Is This Bizarre ‘iPad-Only’ School the Way of the Future? I Hope Not!
July 4, 2013 | 8:41 pm

iPadGigaOM recently had a write-up about a weird little school in the Netherlands that contains only iPads and students. They haven't just used iPads as a paper-replacing virtual book, but rather as a virtual school-in-a-box: "There will be no paper notebooks or books or laptops or chalkboards or whiteboards ... the iPads are basically replacing both teachers and the physical classroom." The school claims this will be the way of the future. By not relying on such outmoded ideas as "interaction with people" and "teacher-directed learning," the students can go on vacation or be off sick, and then come back and resume...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2
March 2, 2013 | 11:10 am

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I'm doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I've only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we did some brainstorming about what sorts of technology the kids use at home. For homework, I had them keep a log for two days—a school day and a weekend day. In this week's lesson, the first thing we did was tabulate the results. The students averaged...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students
February 6, 2013 | 3:28 pm

As my school's technology coordinator, part of my job is to explore the different ways our students use technology, and how that's working for us. Are there tools we are under-utilizing? Tools we are over-utilizing? Are there concerns parents have over how their kids are interacting with technology on a daily basis? I learned recently, not to my surprise, that the answer to the latter question was a resounding yes. Children are exposed to so much technology these days, and it is so compelling for them. How can we make sure they're using it responsibly? Most of my students have parents who...