#hackyourclassroom Good times are possible at The Puritan Court.

Yesterday I changed the layout of my traditional seventh-grade social studies classroom to mimic a courtroom. We were learning about the Puritans in New England and I wanted to simulate the Puritan court. I was struck by how engaged the students were by simply entering the room and seeing a different setup. The thought that …

Current Dissertation Research

The purpose of my qualitative case study research is to explore how an organization progresses through the process of adopting innovations (emergent technology). To understand the organizational adoption process, I seek to describe how a specific organization engages in the adoption of mobile learning (mLearning) through the design and development of their own mLearning demo-product within their …

A Match Made in Heaven: Google Maps and Augmented Reality #edtech #AR #mLearning #VR

I just completed a very successful collaborative custom map project with 100 students which I then converted to be used in a sweet augmented reality app. Here's the details... Liverpool Cemetery Mapping Project Over 100 students at Liverpool Middle School collaborated on a Liverpool Cemetery Mapping project. The PBL scenario allowed students to work individually, …

Is anyone paying attention? Can mobile devices rescue our Learning Environments? #mLearning #mobile #edtech #edchat

I recently completed several graduate courses where I noticed (more than usual) the prevalence of laptops in the instructional space. Half of my peers had open screens for most of the class. I found myself wondering, what are they typing? What are they looking at? Facebook? Twitter???? The eyes down, clickety-clack of the keyboard MUST …

Oregon Trail: Single UX to Multiple UX #edgaming #edtech #UX

Remember Oregon Trail? dysentery, cholera, broken wagon tongue... good times right? Even after the 12 years I've been using the Oregon Trail (OT) Game in my seventh grade classroom it never ceases to amaze me how excited my students always get about such a simple game. A blogger referred to the Oregon Trail game as …