Tweeter’s Turn: #HackLearning Twitter chat

We need you to help us Hack Learning, so periodically, the live #HackLearning chat is the Tweeter’s turn to inspire us.

In this live #HackLearning chat, which was trending on Twitter, teaching and learning stakeholders share how they hacked learning this school year and how to help students become education hackers. Please share your thoughts at #HackLearning on Twitter and in the comment section below.

More to come

The live #HackLearning Twitter chat takes place the first and third Sunday of every month at 8:30 AM ET. See you there.

While you wait. . .

Check out this free version of Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School.

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Hacking Your Future #HackLearning Twitter Chat

Three years can pass before you realize it. How do you prepare for the future? What can we do now to ensure that our longterm goals are met?

More important, how do we teach kids to plan ahead? Some of our best education hackers answer these key questions in another live #HackLearning Twitter chat.

Hacking Your Future

Did you miss the live Twitter chat? Have something to add? Share your thoughts on Hacking Your Future in our comment section below. Or take the chat to our Facebook page.

More to come

The live #HackLearning Twitter chat takes place the first and third Sunday of every month at 8:30 AM ET. See you there.

How to Show Off Your Inner Education Hacker

Grab Hack Learning gear from our store

Grab Hack Learning gear from our store

During a recent Twitter chat, I shared a picture of a Hack Learning T-Shirt; it was just a mockup of an idea. The chat began buzzing with tweets of “Where can I get a shirt like that?”

Hack Learning is a movement that is helping all education stakeholders reimagine problem solving. Hack Learning Series books provide right-now solutions to some of our biggest problems. The bestselling Hacking Education is available in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats, and two more HLS books will drop before the end of this year.

People are hungry for the kind of change that Hack Learning proposes–solving problems immediately, without an act of Congress or a 5-year plan.

With the growing popularity of Hack Learning and the Education Hacker philosophy, it’s time to show of your inner hacker.

Enter the Hack Learning Store

The new Hack Learning Store offers a variety of gear, so you can tell the world about Hack Learning.

Hack Learning T-Shirts and mugs sport our famous logo, book covers, catchy mantras, and great quotes.

Now you can show off the education hacker inside you with a quick visit to the Hack Learning Store.

Want more gear? Tell us what you’d like in the comment section here and at hashtag #HackLearning on Twitter.

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10 Fixes for Every School

Disclaimer: You won’t find 10 fixes for every school in this article. You will find a few, though; enough to whet your appetite for the first book in the Hack Learning Series–Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Times 10 Publications, 2015).

The idea for Hacking Education originated in a blog post I wrote and published at Brilliant or Insane, about solving three gigantic problems in education. Here is the beginning of that post:

There’s an amazing Voxer chat group called Talks with Teachers, composed of remarkable educators who converse about best education practices, technology integration, assessment and many other subjects. We recently discussed things that make teachers’ jobs difficult. The chat was not about principals, but upon further consideration, it occurred to me that school principals could easily solve most of these issues.

Granted, school principals and teachers often have different perspectives, based on the worlds they live in. Still, some of educators’ biggest problems have shockingly simple solutions.

This is a glimpse of the problems addressed in the B or I post:

Problem #1: faculty meetings

Your faculty meeting needs a makeover. After nearly 20 years and roughly 24,000 minutes of lost time, I realized that faculty meetings are a place where great ideas go to die. The average faculty meeting consists of lectures that teachers don’t need in the first place about information that won’t improve their methods. Does your faculty meeting resemble the picture above? Are you the woman with the phone? It’s okay; I won’t tell. Hey, I used text, tweet, read email or chat with a peer during faculty meetings, because I wanted to get back as many of those lost minutes as possible.

Problem #2: muting teachers

While many school principals might say faculty meetings or private meetings give teachers the opportunity to be heard, what typically happens, much like in the classroom, is the same people do all the talking in faculty meetings. As some shy students are uncomfortable with class and private discussions, there are also teachers who fear that they will look bad, if they speak in a staff meeting or in a principal’s office.

You can read the rest of the blog post at Brilliant or Insane.

A hot discussion on social media ensued, and someone suggested that there was a book in the mix. “There are more problems like these,” the enthusiastic teacher wrote.

Not long after that comment, author/educator Jennifer Gonzalez and I wrote Hacking Education, and the Hack Learning Series was born.