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!
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.
Professional development comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. You can go to Florida and see great presentations or go to Chicago and participate is wonderful workshops. These days, there is another form for development and you don’t even have to leave your office. And that may or may not be such a good thing. Check out the original article and the interview in this short piece.
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.
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!