January, 2009

The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

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Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed. blogger, recommended an article titled " The Future of Education " by Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute. I read this somewhat lengthy article which predicts drastic changes in the educational culture as we know it today, and was struck by the plausibility of Frey''s ideas. I would strongly recommend this article to anyone interested in the future of education. I''ve done my best to summarize some the key points below.

Connecting 2 the World: Learning Theories: In support of Connectivism

Connecting 2 the World

skip to main | skip to sidebar Connecting 2 the World Connecting ideas, cultures, and disciplines Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Learning Theories: In support of Connectivism I was first introduced to the idea of Connectivism through an online conference hosted by George Sieman s group at the University of Manitoba. Over the last 2 years, my thoughts have changed, (as have Georges and others)as the theory evolves.


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Assessment Case Study Idea

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This year I have been using a student response system (SRS) to give quizzes to my students each Friday. The SRS set that I have is made by einstruction. I have been fairly pleased with the performance of the system. The hardware works great. The software is a bit quirky. The SRS software loads into MS PowerPoint where I create multiple choice quizzes.

New Memberships

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I accidently got five days off this week because of a "bad traffic day" (Thur.), a "cold day" (Fri.) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Mon.). With all of my extra free time I was able to look for some helpful teach tech resources. I found and became a member of three discussion boards/social networks: Teacher 2.0 View my page on Classroom 2.0 MACUL Space View my page on MACUL Space Wiimote Project Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

The Best Podcasts on the web.and why

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I love podcasts. They''re free. They''re educational. They''re entertaining. Podcasts themselves aren''t exactly an earth shattering idea. Essentially they are simply on-demand radio broadcasts. What makes them so cool, however is the organization and portability that Apple has brought to them through the introduction of the iPod and iTunes. Although you don''t need an iPod or iTunes to enjoy podcasts, these two innovations brought about an explosion of podcasts.

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On-Line Education in Michigan

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Along with the state of Florida, Michigan continues to lead the way in public on-line education. Michigan became one of the very first states to require all high school students to take at least one on-line course before graduating and now they are moving toward offering fully on-line education experiences thanks to a special waiver from the DOE.

MACUL Conference Presentation

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I am honored that my speaking proposal for the 2009 MACUL educators conference in Detroit was accepted! My presentation is called "Wiiboard: making a smartboard for less than $100." This blog is a snapshot of my presentation. Southfield Christian will be well represented at the 2009 MACUL conference. Two other teachers, Andrea Townsend and Karen Bosch, will also be presenting. I''m grateful to both of them for the encouragement and support. They are both amazing educators.

MI Learning Podcast Project

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Once again, Apple is changing the way that things are done. First, there was the iPod. Then there was iTunes. Then there were podcasts. Then there was iTunesU. Enter iTunesU K-12. Apple has provided a platform for K-12 teachers to offer podcasts and enhanced podcasts (podcasts with photos and video) to students. The Michigan Department of Education and MACUL have teamed together to create a channel on iTunesU K-12 called Mi Learning.

Setting Up Your Wiiboard

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In a previous post , I created a list of the components that are required for a functioning wiiboard. I will now briefly describe how to connect everything together. The video below will describe how to connect your computer and wiimote. Written instructions can be found below the video. Enable bluetooth For some, this may mean enabling the blue tooth signal on your PC, for others, it may mean physically plugging in your bluetooth dongle.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).