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Lyndise Tarbuck replied to Bob Zenhausern's discussion Learning Styles and the Brain in the group Brain Research
"Hi, an interesting experiment.  I consider myself a right side of the brain creative person but often struggle with visualisation. In your introduction you talk about having developed a theory of the causes fand remediation of reading…"
Mar 25, 2013
Kristin Bennett liked Bob Zenhausern's discussion The Baby and the Bath Water
Feb 19, 2013
Bob Zenhausern added a discussion to the group Elementary School 2.0

The Baby and the Bath Water

Today we would save the Baby and recycle the Bath Water.So it should be with Education and Technology.Today's child uses an iPad as a busy box.  At the age they get cell phones they may be texting before they start school.  How do you educate this child?Let reading and writing develop the way speaking and listening developed.  Adults and Peers gave them a jump start with language and soon the child was off and running.  Children learned to speak and listen because that is what everyone does. …See More
Feb 19, 2013
Bob Zenhausern replied to Bob Zenhausern's discussion A Question in the group Classroom 2.0 Beginner Group!
"Jamie, Paper and pencil is banned, so you have no choice.  Would you fold up your tent and go home? I know Education is made up of people, but what would happen in Education, as a discipline, if paper and pencil were banned?"
Jul 7, 2012
Jamie Hill replied to Bob Zenhausern's discussion A Question in the group Classroom 2.0 Beginner Group!
"I would get frustrated because in my current experience I can not digitally write as fast as I can with paper and pencil. Also I sometimes struggle to organize or make sense of information from multiple sources without holding the paper or moving…"
Jul 6, 2012
Bob Zenhausern added a discussion to the group Classroom 2.0 Beginner Group!

A Question

What would happen in Education if paper and pencil were banned?See More
Jul 6, 2012
Bob Zenhausern commented on Richard's group Elementary School 2.0
"What would happen to Education if paper and pencil were banned?"
Jul 6, 2012
Bob Zenhausern commented on Richard's group Elementary School 2.0
"Japanese Use Phonics as Training Wheels In early school reading Japanese school children use a phonetic alphabet and switch to a pictographic by grade 4 when the students need to do more complex reading. In a way, so do we.  We call it speed…"
Jan 28, 2012
H.M.Wijewardana left a comment for Bob Zenhausern
"Hi, I'm a teacher from Sri Lanka. I teach computer science in this school and help my students to improve their English using Internet. I'm  doing a project as an English club for it. We use "Skype as a learning tool in English…"
Jan 10, 2012
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Jan 10, 2012
Bob Zenhausern commented on Katie Mathews's group Connecting Content and Technology
"Tejal, Teach mathematics on Excel so the arithmetic is invisible and the student can concentrate on the mathematics.  Google Docs would be fine if Excel is not available."
Nov 20, 2011
Bob Zenhausern replied to Katie Chambers's discussion Should calculators be used with young children? in the group Elementary Math
"Calculators should be used once the child understands the mathematics.  Given a child knows the meaning of 6x3, then use a calculator to determine 46x23.  If the child has the mathematical concept why go over more arithmetic."
Oct 6, 2011
Bob Zenhausern commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
"Dyscalculia has always seemed ill defined until I asked myself a simple question: If a dyscalcic learned math using a spreadsheet which eliminated arithmetic as a factor, would they still have problems?  If the problems disappear you know the…"
Aug 2, 2011
Bob Zenhausern posted a status
"Required software for the pre school student: Google Earth. Geography will teach itself."
Jul 25, 2011
Bob Zenhausern commented on Ginger Lewman's group Distance Collaborations
"Are you interested in children in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Cameroon and others? Not sure of the age groups available, but the level of English may be more important.  Contact me at"
Jul 23, 2011
Bob Zenhausern commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
"Let them guess the answer and give feedback --- estimation.  Guessing the answer and seeing how close they can get (cumulatively) is more like a game.  After a while they will get better and better and in fact will have learned the…"
Jul 9, 2011

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Retired professor of research in neuropsychology, now chief bottle washer at the Enabling Support Foundation a non-profit corporation with a mission to serve persons with disabilities and 21st century education


1) Integrating education into the 21st Centrury technology and decreasing our emphasis on 19th Century skills. A simple example is to use word processors and spreadsheets from PreK on. I do not want to totally give up on paper and pencil and computation, but I do want to downplay them and not make them the basis of education in the 21st century.

2) I think a spreadsheet is a wonderful tool to teach the scientific method, data analysis, and report writing.

3) Take a look at for a site that provides unique material and links to other important education sites.

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Another Scam??

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 6:00am 1 Comment

I received this email and my guess is that everyone on Classroom 2.0 has gotten one also. Steve Hargadon is the one who needs to act (or not) on this.…


E-Learning vs E-Teaching

Posted on June 27, 2010 at 8:42am 0 Comments

Teaching and Learning are two sides of the same coin but they are different.

A student learns using the web and a spreadsheet.
A teacher gives an assignment that could be solved using the web and spreadsheet, and ideally using different tools.

When we teach our students using TeleComputing tools we are E-Teaching and the students are doing E-Learning
When we go to an online conference we are doing E-Learning and the presenters, E-Teaching.

The Lost Generation

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

echnology in the classroom has been growing exponentially over the past few years and Internet collaboration and alternative approaches to coursework are becoming a part of professional development. The neglected concept of a student portfolio has become a reality with the growth of blog, ning, and wiki. Even President Obama has embraced technology in learning, although his head of Education has not given up his position on standardized tests. It is not what you can do, but how well you can… Continue

How do you think?

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 8:04am 0 Comments

How do you think?

To answer that question you need to introspect and look deep in your mind and observe. This discussion will explore human consciousness especially as it pertains to education. I was involved in neuropsychology and learning disabilities for a long time and I have found some unique relationships. It is important to understand how your students think. But before you can do that, you need to know what makes you tick. Introspect with me.

When I ask "How do you… Continue

A Researcher Looks at LD

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 12:14pm 12 Comments

I am a retired professor of neuropsychology who developed a research program on the relationship between the brain and learning disability. I want to outline one particular study and show its importance in how we diagnose and teach the children we now label learning disabled.

An identified group of poor readers who had clear phonological deficits in reading were compared to average readers on two simple tasks. A group of words preselected to be in the sight vocabulary of all… Continue

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At 12:58am on January 10, 2012, H.M.Wijewardana said…

Hi, I'm a teacher from Sri Lanka. I teach computer science in this school and help my students to improve their English using Internet. I'm  doing a project as an English club for it. We use "Skype as a learning tool in English club. our common skype ID is "rambuka2"

Little students are using skype 

  Additionally, I'm doing a media club using television media. 

News reading in our school channel


At 1:09pm on July 17, 2010, Janet Barnstable said…
Bob, Global Virtual Classroom would love to have teachers from the schools you support joining into the programs. We really want to promote global understanding amongst teachers and their students. Let me know if you have any questions.
At 8:50am on July 9, 2010, NELSON PINHEIRO COELHO DE SOUZA said…
He is an Australian Psychologist. Today he is considered the tenth most productive author on educational psychology. The basic idea (actually the initial idea) behind Cognitive Load Theory is that because working memory (used to be called short term memory) is limited (in capacity and duration) then if a student has to peform a complex task, this may overload his working memory and the learning process becomes inefficient. That is not the whole story but, that is how it got started. Nowdays the US Department of Education posts on a website called "doing what works" (very pragmatic right ?) some recommendations which are based on Cognitive Load Theory. They recommend for homework, teachers to interleave worked exemples with problems to be solved.
At 8:03pm on May 31, 2010, Katherine Schutte said…
Finished in early May (whew!), but thanks for the offer. Would have been helpful, I'm sure. I felt like I was wandering in no-man's-land for quite some time!
At 2:11pm on May 30, 2010, Katherine Schutte said…

My husband is related to a "Jimmy" but doesn't know his wife's name. Maybe the same person? Possible son of Bill Schutte, my husband's uncle from Indiana.
At 10:13am on December 9, 2009, Aries Cobb said…
Hello Bob,

December 11, 2009 at 7pm is great. I look forward to our meeting.

Thank you again.

Aries Cobb
At 10:13am on December 9, 2009, Aries Cobb said…
Hello Bob,

December 11, 2009 at 7pm is great. I look forward to our meeting.

Thank you again.

Aries Cobb
At 5:57am on December 8, 2009, Aries Cobb said…
Hello Bob,

I am very excited about our project. Have we scheduled a time for our dress rehearsal for the panel discussion? Please let me know when is the best time for use to meet.

Thank you,
Aries Cobb
At 9:13am on November 26, 2009, Dr. Rita Oates said…
HI, Bob,
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm heading across the street to help with the cooking for a big gathering today.....would you like to talk on Monday? Or email me at my work email address, and we'll find a time to talk on Monday or Tuesday. Or, I'm doing a webinar about ePals on Wed. at 4:15 p.m. eastern time, if that is helpful.
My work email: roates at corp dot epals dot com (said that way to inhibit the spam bots!)
Best, Rita
At 9:31pm on November 24, 2009, Jamie said…
Hi Bob
I teach Media Art and would love to connect my students with others from around the world. Would Morocco have any teachers or students that you think might like to work on a collaborative project?

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