Terry Heick

Opinion: Protect The Taxi Cab Industry From Innovation

Opinion: Protect The Taxi Cab Industry From Innovation a tongue-in-cheek opinion piece by Terry Heick We have to protect the taxicab industry from disruptive innovation. After a century of dominance in the moving-very-small-groups-of-people-around-a-city market, outside forces have disrupted cabs as the de facto method for people-moving. From automotive manufacturers who manufacture fleet-friendly automobiles often used […]

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50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students by Terry Heick Literacy is changing–not at its core necessarily, but certainly at its edges as it expands to include new kinds of “reading.” Digital media is quickly replacing traditional media forms as those most accessible to most 21st century learners. The impact of this […]

What Students Do Better Than Teachers

What Students Do Better Than Teachers by Terry Heick You can ask your students what they’re interested in—what they’re curious about—but that’s not the right question, because they probably don’t know. Or don’t know they know. A big part of communicating with children (of any age) is the terms and form of the conversations. Terms […]
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Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know

Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know by Terry Heick Ed note: This has been updated from a 2014 post by the author The above image comes from a presentation from Jesse Stommel , an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. And it makes an interesting point. ‘Not knowing’ is an awkward but precise label for the […]

18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective assessment (or any other topic your school or district might need), contact us today. Ed note: this post has been updated and republished from a March 2015 post 1. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment […]

What Is The Identity Of Your Classroom?

What Do Students Think Of Your Class? by Terry Heick Google is the company that has become its own verb. Google it. They’re also challenging Apple with their Android mobile operating system (though to be fair, they’re unlikely to catch them anytime soon), not to mention their aggressive entry into new digital markets, from Google […]

What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow

What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow by Terry Heick Teaching can do weird things to you. It can give you purpose and sanctuary, or dissolve both right in front of your eyes. It can energize and drain you. Inspire and demoralize you. Connect and isolate you. It’s an awkward mix art and science–analytics […]
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Why Technology Hasn’t Already Transformed Education

Why Technology Still Hasn’t Transformed Education or Why iPads Haven’t Changed Much In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Preface: I wrote this post in early 2012 in response to Apple’s then-new textbook initiative. TeachThought was only a year or so old at the time and iPads had a lot of buzz. I thought it’d be interesting […]
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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. […]

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education  by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been reposted (unchanged) from its original posting in 2014. Innovation is not something that just happens–or, rather it does given the right chemistry. Oftentimes this chemistry is referred to locally in schools as “climate,” but climate is only a small part […]

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