Reconciling 21st Century skills with Career Competencies

In their recent blog, Why We Desperately Need to Rethink College and Career Readiness, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers wrote about integrating 21st century skills into career readiness courses.  They write focused a bit on history and the paradigm shift from vocational skills to college readiness with a follow up statement imploring educators to bring … Continue reading Reconciling 21st Century skills with Career Competencies

The Tech Who Cried Wolf

Once upon a time there was a little shepherd who grew bored out in the fields while tending his flock.  So, to spice up his life, he cried Wolf! and everyone in town came running.  However, there was no wolf to be seen.  Over the next two days, the little shepherd repeated his act twice … Continue reading The Tech Who Cried Wolf

Empowering Student Creativity: Rubrics vs. Grading Checklists

Working within our campus Design Center, there are several lessons I have learned while helping teachers redesign projects and units.  The first, probably most important was about rubrics.  Most teachers believe that they understand how rubrics work, what their purpose is, and why they are important.  However, in working with all my different teachers, I … Continue reading Empowering Student Creativity: Rubrics vs. Grading Checklists

Empowering to Innovate through Design #IMMOOC

On my journey to become a better educator, I’ve continually heard about “instructional design.”  However, it wasn’t until now, decades later, that I realize that what I’ve been contributing to my curriculum (and others) hasn’t really truly been design.  I’ve been a technology instructional coach now for four years and only because of the work … Continue reading Empowering to Innovate through Design #IMMOOC