Why Share?

A few weeks ago we copied all of the Blackboard content we had in our EDU 255 course and placed it into a Ning site we had been using for the class. It was a very fast and basic copy and paste job. We are now in the process of cleaning the language up a bit and making it look pretty. It brought up an interesting question for us: Is what we have worth sharing publicly and if so, what prevented us from doing it before? Lots of possibilities. Take a look!

John Merrow: Technology and the Future of Schooling

We just love this fellow. He is always open to possibilities and very knowledgeable about the history of education and the economic, social, and political forces at work that are shaping the future of education. In this post he looks at three reasons to worry about the impact of technological advances in society and education. His posts on this blog are a good one to follow. In addition, Learning Matters is a great resource for information on teaching and learning.

Changing Times and Changing Tools in Teacher Development

The very phrase “teacher improvement” can lift the hackles on many an instructor. Our work here at TELS often involves assisting instructors to improve existing, or non-existing, skill sets. Fortunately for us, our instructors are most often more than happy to improve teaching skills. But not always, and the world of teacher education in pedagogy and technology integration has had some good air time over the past few years. From the good folks at Educational Leadership, here is a look at the changing times of teacher education.

Educated on the Internet?

There is much discourse about online courses and the future of college. From the teacher’s perspective, it takes more time, we should be paid more, work whenever you want, and sometimes more interaction with students than in face to face classes. For students, flexibility, flexibility, and sometimes, cheaper. Where ever you are on the timeline of online learning and whatever your role, it is here and in all likelihood it will continue to grow. Here is a 30 minute NPR interview that looks at some of the challenges and benefits.

William Butler Yeats Library

I have a nice collection of first editions. Mostly contemporary authors, but I do have some really wonderful older editions of my favorite authors. Many are my great-grandfathers. And I love libraries. Here is what online libraries can look like. To be able to visit some of these resources online is nothing short of a miracle to me. The handwritten pages, the images, the art in the books, and the carefully choreographed wander through this online library is nothing short of beautiful!