in my extras: classroom Ning launch guide, tips & tricks

I just finished a project for one of my gradschool classes that asked me to put together a 2-3 page job aid.  Well, I started to put one together to accompany my presentation notes and extras.  Needless to say, I got a little carried away and put together a larger document that included more of Read More …

Ning in education: presenting as a first-generation digital native

Last week, I presented a session on Nings in education at the DeICE Engage mini conference.  I made the same presentation twice (check out the materials under the Extras menu above).  Fortunately (since it was my first time presenting at a professional development conference) I did not feel intimidated by the number of attendees.  (Maybe Read More …

reaction: “Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths”

[O]n-the-job technology training for teachers focuses on how to operate new equipment, but not necessarily on how to integrate it into the fabric of their instruction. For this, schools would need to have technology professionals and academic staff, such as master teachers and instructional coaches, working side by side with teachers as they learn, practice Read More …

that was perhaps one of the more distressing starts to a new course

One of my grad school classes started up today, and I feel I need to label the experience as one of the more depressing beginnings to a new semester. We talked at length about a book called A Whole New Mind.  Excerpts were read and discussed; the overall gist was that America has gone through Read More …

Compounding a great weekend…

… are the comments from a close friend and my now esteemed reader of job application essays: I can hear your excitement in them, which I couldn’t really in that first one you sent me a while ago. Monday has been really self-motivating, yes, and that excitement manifest itself in some of my writing tonight.  Read More …

The times that I don’t have something funny to say in class…

…or the times that I can’t create an awkward moment to re-grab their attention are the times when my students come up with their own game.  For example, groups in the class try to get away with having a giant blunt as the superior being who gives life to all… or have something that’s called Read More …