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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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

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 to get up for our walk!  We are going, right?  …

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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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Design Tips to Engage Today’s Learners

Tools in teaching have come a long way, from the Abacus to smart phone calculators. Although they teach the same concept, the tool used has changed dramatically during the Information Age of the past few decades. As tools or devices have changed so have the way a student processes information and learns. In the past, …

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Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

There is more to the digital divide than simple ideas of those with technology and those without (DiMaggio, P. & Hargittai, E., 2001; Warschauer, 2003), or conceptions of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001).  If those of us in education do not teach how technology is used to communicate information, we inadvertently become assistants …

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