Prezi, an Alternative to PowerPoint

We had several ask at the Winter Institute, “Hey, what is that?” Well, it is a presentation tool called Prezi It is free and web-based, though you can download the presentation too. Easy to use, or at least as easy as PowerPoint, you can add a splash of something different to your classroom atmosphere. Supporting evidence from Educause can be found here.

What Might a Blog or Wiki Do For You?

Organize stuff differently. Create options. The link below directs you to a wiki that journalism instructor Karly Way used for a class this semester. The wiki itself was initially used as a place to share blog addresses and then later, for students to place final presentations on. In a recent Faculty Focus article, keeping a portfolio was suggested as way to make the work have, “a life beyond their immediate purpose.”

The journalism course is delivered face to face, but the blogs the students have created are a fantastic way to share student work and offer a very real piece of the digital aspect of journalism. Take a look.

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.