Netflix: When words are not enough

“What are the top three things you love about technology?” is a question I’ve posed to hundreds of pre-service teachers I’ve taught as part of an icebreaker for the overview to ed tech class.   “Netflix” has made the list of almost every one of them.  92% of college students have access to a Netflix …

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Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses

FEELING BLUE? STRESSED? Mid winter weather, long semesters and busy schedules can lead people to feel isolated and lonely by limiting the amount of contact and interaction one has with other people. It may be challenging, yet making intentional effort to keep connected with others is important to reduce these feelings. Although staying connected through …

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Learning About the Future by Reflecting on the Past and Present

The Past I consider myself a life-long learner and enjoy entertainment based on historical events. I am watching the Peaky Blinders, which is about a group of gangsters who ruled Birmingham, England a hundred years ago. In the show, I was struck that they did not have a phone in 1919. When they did get …

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Teach like a dog: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Written by: Dr. Tracy Russo, Senior Design Consultant References: 5:51am     Manton Consolidated Schools will be closed due to the impending storm... My first thought (like many humans), an hour extra sleep!  I'll work from home rather than risk the 55 mile drive to work.6:45am     Gypsy, my dog, expressed different thoughts. "Mom, mom, time …

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Writing for Online Courses – How is it Different?

You are the expert in your chosen area, and love to teach others. How do you share the knowledge with others to enable synthesis and use, or sharing with others? How do you do this in the online environment? Whether you’re transitioning a face-to-face course to an online course or creating a completely new online …

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Innovation Version 42.8

I’m biased, I’m not patient, and I live in an industry with an innovation and adoption cycle that has never been sustained for so long in human history.  The Innovation Adoption Lifecycle has been the mantra for technology my entire life.  The only problem with this is that as soon as the Early Majority is …

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Everybody in the Boat!

Design a course for ALL learner needs In today’s world, people have different backgrounds, cultures and learning needs, from all age groups and genders. Yet to move a whole group from one place to another, everyone needs to get in the boat. In education, we must get everyone in the boat to move them all …

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