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Chris selected as K12OnlineConference keynote speaker Each year the K12OnlineConference provides tremendous professional development for free, and entirely online. This year, they have selected me as one of their keynote speakers. I am thrilled to have been chosen and look forward to participating in the conversation. Read the full post announcing all the keynote speakers here.

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Two quick links on Cognitive Load Theory I've been fielding lots of questions lately about Cognitive Load Theory. Here are two quick links that may be useful. First is an article talking about the practical implications of CLT on the design of learning. The second are some "recent" (as of 2003) developments regarding CLT. Happy reading! Update: I clarified the second...

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Practical advice on kids and Android app development After hearing about my students' success developing an Android app, I've gotten several emails asking for more details as to how I practically worked with my kids. Here are some pointers that I offered to the first person that emailed me, perhaps they are of some use to you. Please note that your mileage may vary. It's ok to not be...

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Publishing an App Inventor app to the Android Market As I mentioned earlier, my students and I published an Android app to the Android Market. See those links for more information on the background. This post is decidedly technical. First, once we finished the coding process, we packaged the app for to download to the computer. This is an option in App Inventor. This downloaded an .apk file....

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Designing and publishing an Android app with kids This post is designed to provide some context around how/why we decided to build this app. The more technical details of the code and how we published it will come in a future post. My students and I recently completed and published an Android app, and here's how we did it. First, the genesis for this goes back to a question I asked...

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What do kids need to know upon leaving 6th grade?

Category : General

I’ve been thinking a lot this year about what I should teach kids. After a quick chat with my buddy Nic Finelli I have changed my thinking to where it likely needs to be.

What do I want my kids to know (or be able to do) when they leave 6th grade?

I am thinking this particularly in terms of technology. I know what I want them to do in my Spanish and Latin classes.

But what about tech?

So I turn that question to you.

What should a 6th grader know and/or be able to do when they leave 6th grade?

I am staring down the barrel of a cool new opportunity for the next school year. So this is more than just theoretical, I need to be able to answer this question effectively. So help me out, eh?

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I believe that programming would be so very useful…great for developing problem solving and analytical thinking skills

I have been given the task of creating a scope and sequence for technology in my 3-8 building. Fortunately we do not have a high-stakes test for technology so I have a bit of freedom. I suppose in 2-3 years I will be able to help answer your question better.

I think students need to be able to create, post, and comment on blogs. They should have a basic understanding of wikis. I think they should be able to use a digital camera, get the pictures (and video) onto the computer, and do simple editing. I also think they should be able to explain how to be safe online.

I teach the eight year olds but similar thoughts run through my head as Bill.

By the end of the year I want them to be able to independently use a digital camera, be conversant with some publishing software like Comic Life, Pages etc, I want them to have a portfolio of digital objects that they can access and share with their parents, I want them to have sucked in their parents as well so that their parents are more involved in the learning on line.

I want parents to look forward to visiting our class blog as they will know that there will be something new to look at.

I want them to be aware of their digital footprint and how things that go on line stay on line and want them to know what to do if things go wrong. I want them to be resilient.

I would like them to have co-constructed something with children they haven’t met. To learn from others.

And I want them to use our class blog as a resource to learn and practice skills we have learnt in the classroom.

That’s enough to be going on with!

I want them to be aware of their digital footprint and how things that go on line stay on line and want them to know what to do if things go wrong. I want them to be resilient.