Part Three: Online Tools to Support Critical Thinking

You may be asking yourself: what technology is best suited to facilitating open dialogue and critical thinking for my students? In the third and final post of this blog series, I felt it was important to give you specific information regarding tools that can be used to facilitate curiosity, engagement, reflection, and all of the … Continue reading Part Three: Online Tools to Support Critical Thinking

Part Two: Technology As a Conduit for Critical Consciousness

Some may wonder if online learning is conducive to critical pedagogy and if transformative education can be accomplished in the virtual classroom. The answers in both cases is yes: online education supports and encourages curiosity and critical inquiry. This blog indicates how such learning can transform the process. As outlined in my previous blog post, … Continue reading Part Two: Technology As a Conduit for Critical Consciousness

Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Every educator will agree that teaching is a transformative act. It is not something we sit back and watch happen; it requires us to be highly conscious of our teaching practices. Both physical and digital learning spaces require us to participate in a certain politics of teaching – whether we are aware of it or … Continue reading Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Using GIS in Geography and History Classrooms

In the last decade, GIS has dominated the discipline of Geography. It has also started to reshape the way history is taught. But what exactly is GIS? How does it work? How can it be applied to the the teaching of history? And what are some options for using GIS in classrooms? What is GIS? … Continue reading Using GIS in Geography and History Classrooms

The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

We have discovered that there really isn’t one, single prescribed approach to competency-based education. States, schools, content providers, and many others are interested in developing and implementing competency-based education. Understandably, each of these providers will have unique approaches to the pedagogy. The discrepancies that arise often result in disagreements as to what the process should … Continue reading The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

Environmental Literacy: Are we teaching students the skills they need to face the realities of climate change?

In early October 2014 the Pentagon announced that climate change is an immediate threat to national security as it will cause an increased likelihood of displaced people due to widespread famine, rising sea levels, the spread of infectious disease, and increased poverty. The Pentagon has spoken. There is no more denying it. Climate change is … Continue reading Environmental Literacy: Are we teaching students the skills they need to face the realities of climate change?

Asking Questions: Daniel Russell at TEDx

I recently viewed a TEDx presentation by Google UX researcher, Daniel Russell, titled The Revolution in Asking & Answering Questions.  Dan’s talk explores how technology has changed the kinds of questions that we ask, how we ask them, how we can find answers, and the different skills that we need to do so.  Modern search … Continue reading Asking Questions: Daniel Russell at TEDx