Did you know that Sony had still been making Betamax for all of these years? I stumbled upon an article the other day "Sony is Finally Killing Betamax," and out of nostalgia, I clicked on it. I was surprised to learn that in 2016 Sony announced that they were going to stop making Betamax tapes. Why are they still making Betamax when there are streaming and blue ray? Seriously, who is still buying Betamax in 2016? Can you even watch Betamax on a 4k HDR TV? Then the big question came to me: AM I CLINGING TO BETAMAX IN MY WORK LIFE?
Being an "early Adopter" is a "Risky Business"
I didn't drive a Porsche into a lake or anything, but I learned some pretty valuable lessons from my tech fails this year and I thought I might share them. Maybe you won't make these mistakes. Perhaps you will make other mistakes instead. I hope you will share them, so that we can all learn together. I hope that by sharing my fails you will be inspired to take some risks of your own. As Joel would say...
Sometimes you just have to say, "What the (heck)."
Here are my Top 5 EdTech FAILS of 2015-2016...enjoy.
Testing is over, grades are submitted...what do we do now?
What motivates a student to work hard for a grade in a standards based system when they are three or more years behind? Is a sixth grade reading standard attainable for a student reading at a second or third grade level? Should a student that is working hard and making progress toward appropriate goals receive an "F"?
I am a lifelong learner and have had the privilege of also being called a teacher for eighteen years.
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