January, 2009

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.

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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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.

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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.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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.

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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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Ann Arbor schools obtain on-line class waiver

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Just down the road from me, the Ann Arbor public schools obtained one of the 11 waivers granted by the Michigan Department of Education that allows the students of the selected district to take some or all of their classes in an on-line format. The trend in education continues toward customizable, on-line delivery. Check out the full story on mlive.com. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

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.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.