Gary’s Blog

  • How Students Answer “Why am I here?”
    This question is asked by students all the time. It doesn’t matter what their age, what they are studying, who is paying the bills, or how dedicated to their long-term plans they are, students question their purpose for being in school and engaging in the curriculum and instruction. For some students, the question is answered Read More
  • Natural Learning in Video Games
    Caine and Caine (2011) reviewed explored the cognitive engagement that has been designed into video games. They find “popular technology engages children and adults using challenging scenarios, exciting and relevant social issues, collaboration, ownership, relevant engagement, competition, and action” (p. 8); they find these features contribute to a situation in which natural learning occurs. Natural Read More
  • Warm Closure of IT Repairs
    This post continues the theme developed in Cold Closure in #edtech Repairs and Another Take on Cold Closure in #edtech Repairs In the return to in-person teaching, we have discovered that IT systems have degraded. We can’t be surprised by this. IT professional have been overwhelmed with the “to do” list. Until systems are restored Read More
  • Elevator Pitch on IT Mission Creep
    “Mission creep” is a familiar concept. An organization undertakes a project with an intended outcome defined–it is the value that will accrue as the project becomes complete. Over time, the project expands to include more and more outcomes. Before leaders stop to realize it, the original mission has become something far different. In schools, computers Read More
  • What Papert Said About Technology in Schools
    I found this when cleaning up files… in the thesis for my master of arts degree. He wrote it in 1980. I wrote my thesis in 2000. It still appears to be an accurate assessment of our situation. Twenty years ago, Papert perceived education to be on the verge of a technologydriven revolution that sounds Read More
  • Revisiting Deeper Learning
    Reviewing some notes, I found the definition of deeper learning from Buder and Hesse (2016) which comprises five characteristics:  Emphasizes complex problem solving which requires learners to apply what they have learned in unfamiliar situations;  Declarative knowledge is not presented and learned as isolated facts, but connected by themes and concepts;   Students develop the ability for critical thinking which includes the Read More