Sean Nash's Blog (11)

Biology Educators Network Gains Partnership

A couple of years ago a few of my digital friends and I brought this space to life: The Synapse. A week later I wrote about it here. The site derives its origin directly from a frustrating discussion in the Twittersphere between biology… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

When The Classroom Lacks Walls

How do you see to it that your classroom studies are authentic? I'm a fan of immersion. For the past decade my Midwestern Marine Biology class has included a week long field study to the coral reefs and mangrove communities of either The Bahamas or the Florida Keys. This field study is conducted with chartered sailing yachts as a base of operations. This allows the maximum amount of time on and in the water. Many of my students make their first trip to any ocean as a member of this… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on May 1, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

The Extended Value of Classroom Networks

Connected

An interesting thing happened on the way home from Educon 2.2 last Sunday night. Walking through the terminal and against my exhaustion, I reflexively checked my mail. Lazy eyes lifted open, I flicked my thumb scrolling… trolling for a demand of action. I’m hyper-connected. I pay for it. And yet, I’m a better teacher and leader because of it. This is the sort of thing that I am betting many folks in this…
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Added by Sean Nash on February 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Connected Marine Biology Students Host Public Movie Screening

The problem

According to NOAA, over half of the population of the United States lives within 50 miles of the coastline. This trend holds up over the vast majority of the world, and many countries in East Asia show an even greater build… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Feedback on Pillars of Technology Integration



What are the key elements required for a transformation of teaching and learning through the use of technology? There are obviously many reasonable ways to look at this. From what position do you view this issue? Are you a teacher, instructional coach, building principal, technology facilitator, director of technology, chief administrative officer of some flavor, superintendent, parent, or student? For you, this issue will likely run through the… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on July 13, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Spheres of Influence

How fun is this?





Three years ago I moved into a position of instructional coach for my building. The majority of my days are now spent as a content-generalist coach focused on helping teachers improve pedagogical skills. Our opt-in model keeps the conversation focused on one thing: pedagogy as opposed to content. This is a very smart model for honing in on the “P” sphere of Mishra & Koehler’s TPACK framework. However,… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on July 6, 2009 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Possibilities 2.0



"Give me potential or give me death."

~yep, my version of Patrick Henry's stuff



Now that I think of it, I probably could have just entitled this one “2.0″ because this is now what this phrase means to me. I’m not going to go off… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on June 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Tree-Dwelling Octopuses Prompt Media Literacy Discussion

What do the concepts of biology, media literacy, and April Fool's Day have in common? Potentially... quite a bit, in fact. Actually, it seems cephalopods of all sorts have been getting my attention as of late.

Today's lesson in Principles of Biology was essentially: pay attention.



Students were directed to a teacher-led discussion prompt and associated website on the "… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on April 1, 2009 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

A Synthesis Blogging Whitman

When science meets literacy...

(or something)





Back in September I wrote a post about an interesting little web service… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on March 23, 2009 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Octopus Gets Due Respect

My last post was a highlight of a train wreck of a children's book. The conversation in the comments section was all about media literacy. If you know me, you know that I don't like to dwell long on things negative. And thus- this post was published.





Regardless of your take on The Septapus, I have felt the need for a review of a really super piece of children’s literature since publishing that post. I guess I just feel the need… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on March 21, 2009 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Your ideal writing space?

In reference to this post.



Two things:



1. i really love this guy's art.



2. i am really trying to get some feedback from people who write.



we are doing a pretty comprehensive set of action research projects all under the heading of:



what are the characteristics of online writing?

how do the characteristics of student writing change when they write online as… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on November 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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