I know I am late, but I want to say that I am glad I was at Julia Parra’s morning preconference workshop Tuesday. She has answers to many questions we all have about implementation of innovation, especially for those teaching to preservice teachers. Besides, she had…
Prepping for Adventures in Learning Design, Technology and Innovation MOOC
I’m gearing up for upcoming workshops about my fall MOOC, titled, Adventures in Learning Design, Technology and Innovation. I’m actually calling it a MOLO, yes I know, too many acronyms! But I like it, it stands for Massive Online Learning Opportunity. Since it’s being hosted (hopefully) in Canvas Learning Network, there is a loss of “openness.” So, in good faith, I can’t say it’s open, but it will be open to up to 2500 participants so I’m good with massive; it is online so good with that; it is about learning, check. Finally, the word “course” implies formal learning with grades, credit and a full semester. It is not that. It IS preparation for the courses I teach and for our NMSU LDT Programs and I’m working hard to make it engaging and fun. Thus, I like the word “opportunity.”
Anyways, I thought I’d attempt some actual blogging. I’m not a great writer so don’t expect me to actually make sense or share anything earth shattering, but I will be modeling personal learning environment (PLE) and personal learning network (PLN) development so I’m trying to do it right!
“The research is pretty clear about what impacts comprehension the most: reading voluminously. Lots and lots of text at instructional reading levels is the best way to develop good readers. You don’t tell an athlete how awesome running is and then expect them to win the race. The athlete has to run, often and far, in order to be a better runner. Analysis of their running technique is great, and valuable, but it doesn’t negate the fact that lots of running is necessary to improve. Reading is the same.”—An alternate take on the “close reading” standard - @fisher1000 SmartBlogs
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Julia Parra's insight:
I’ll be facilitating this workshop soon and I’m really struggling with group work in my own course so it’s time for some great conversations about the next steps related to scaffolding, phases, and technology for collaboration (my PSTC model is having growing pains) specifically as it’s related to online group work.
I’ve been a big proponent of Skype in the past for group work but recently my students are experiencing a high level of frustration getting started with Skype (i.e. too much emphasis on getting a paid account and weirdness with new Windows OS). So I’m exploring a big move to Google Chat. But a big plus with Skype is having it open as a standalone program, so can you tell I’m struggling…
I have announced the AP Human Geography Graduate Certificate Program several times and have to admit it is for both personal and professional reasons. I will be the one teaching the first course in the sequence that is designed for teachers relatively new to AP Human Geography. I would appreciate it if you could spread the word far and wide. I know this is a busy time of year but their isn’t much time left to still enroll in the courses (registration ends May 1st, and classes start in June).
“No other subject will open as many doors in the 21st Century, regardless of a student’s ultimate field of study or occupation, as computer science. At a time when computing is driving job growth and new scientific discovery, it is unacceptable that roughly two-thirds of the entire country has few computer science standards for secondary school education, K–8 computer science standards are deeply confused, few states count computer science as a core academic subject for graduation, and computer science teacher certification is deeply flawed. These are national failings and ones that we can ill afford in this digital age. (p. 9)”—Running on Empty
To look back at Steve Jobs’ life is to look at the life of an adopted kid, who did not finish college, who started a company from his garage, and later, was kicked out of the company he built. Entrepreneurs will remember Steve Jobs as the man with a great comeback. When Steve Jobs left Apple Computer after a power struggle, he built NeXT, a software company, that was later acquired for $430 million by Apple Computer. Jobs then returned to Apple.
In 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but during this difficult time, he turned Apple into the valuable company it is today, with revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Steve Jobs will also be remembered by children for buying Pixar, the animation studio that brought us “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”
His passing is not only a loss to those who buy his products, but also “to the misfits, the rebels and the trouble makers,” for whom he had a message: “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Steve Jobs has shown us that a hero does not always come out of war. A hero can be someone who changes how we communicate. Rest in peace, Steve. And thank you.
A cinemagraph created during New York Fashion Week last month. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg comprise the rising star duo behind the wildly popular Tumblr From Me To You. (One might argue, given recent campaigns with Ralph Lauren and Juicy Couture, a photo editorial in The New York Times an…
““When we implemented one-to-one [computing], we implemented it in a brand-new school, and the thing we did significantly differently is we did not supply students or teachers with any textbooks,” said Vail Superintendent Calvin Baker, a 2006 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winner from eSchool News. “We did it for financial reasons as much as anything else, but it turned out to be one of the best things in terms of instruction, because it forced everybody to do things differently.” The district used its textbook money to buy the laptops, forcing the teachers to instruct differently. “What we observed when we visited other one-to-one [computing] schools is it was still very easy and tempting for teachers to just refer back to the way they had been teaching. Our teachers didn’t have that opportunity, because they didn’t have textbooks,” Baker said.”—Textbook-free schools share experiences, insights | Featured on eSchool News | eSchoolNews.com