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Learning Environment Redesign

Walk into any learning environment, and you’ll see the theory of learning that created it. The phrase “sage on the stage” is one example. When behaviorism prevailed, classrooms and lecture halls were designed so an audience would absorb the expert’s … Continue reading

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An Update

It’s been a while since my last post, and that’s because my creative heavy-lifting was finishing up papers and e-learning modules. It’s difficult for me to do both. Now, however, it’s a new semester, my final semester as a GSU … Continue reading

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Ed-tech: solving problems or creating problems to solve?

This week J. Michael Spector’s quote, “Tools and technology strongly influence our habits of thinking, and that should be recognized in the world of educational technology” struck me (123). Quite frequently, we think about how technology affects our behaviors: from … Continue reading

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Two inventions and how they might impact the classroom

Last week MIT and the University of Kentucky shared two exciting stories: “MIT Teaches Wireless Routers to Know How You’re Feeling” “Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll” Now, it’s only a matter of time before each is applied … Continue reading

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Classroom Pictures, Social Media, and FERPA

Recently I was asked this question from a teacher preparing a webinar for how to implement the new Social Studies standards in Georgia: Can we use photographs of children in our class doing the activities we are including in the … Continue reading

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Curation: A Labor of Love or an Act of Hubris?

First, some context: This Christmas I gave my father a 64GB flash drive. He probably doesn’t need the extra storage, but I was certain he should listen to the podcasts I put on it. Podcasts are a reoccurring topic here, … Continue reading

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GAVS – Sample Assignment and Feedback

Communicate 4.2.1 – Feedback This post will be in two parts. Part one will offer an assignment designed for a 9th or 10th grade Language Arts course. Although my focus is online learning, this assignment works with a blended class, … Continue reading

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Tinkering Fundamentals

This summer I took my first MOOC, and I’ll write later about the experience, but right now I’ll focus on this particular course: Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist’s Approach to STEM Learning offered by San Francisco’s Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, … Continue reading

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The Life Infographic

Using Data to tell the Story of Your Life The “Feltron Annual Report” sounds like a futuristic analysis of the GDP from a Tom Cruise science fiction thriller. In fact, it’s an annual recap of the previous year, told in … Continue reading

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The Foldable Problem

 Inevitably, someone asks a variant of “Is this right?” If you’ve found this blog and you’re reading it, you’re probably a teacher, so I won’t review the particulars of hot dog folds versus hamburger, but I will offer a basic … Continue reading

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