Showing posts from September, 2009

PBL in Online Course

Playing around with a PBL lesson in an online course...this is rough, rough, rough.Geology 112.49 (2C), (8B,C)
Stratigraphy(2) Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to: (C) organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences, and predict trends from data(8) Science concepts. The student knows the processes and end products of weathering. The student is expected to: (B) identify geologic formations that result from differing weathering processes; and (C) illustrate the role of weathering in soil formation.

Making the Lesson Collaborative, High-Level and Student-Centered
To achieve the 3 objectives of collaborative, high-level and student-centered lessons, we would take the following steps:

As teachers and online learning facilitators, identify a way to accomplish the following:Engage students as stakeholders in a problem situationOrganize curriculum around a holistic problem, enabling student learning i…

MyNotes - The Knowledge Building Paradigm: A Model of Learning for Net Generation Students

Innovate: The Knowledge Building Paradigm: A Model of Learning for Net Generation Students
The Knowledge Building Paradigm: A Model of Learning for Net Generation Students Donald Philip
Recently, I met some middle school students who carry laptops in their backpacks. One boy told me how technology should not be a machine you go to, but a machine that goes with you. He said, somewhat impatiently, "It's part of my brain. Why would I want to leave it behind in a computer lab?" (xxii)
Computers and the attendant technology can no longer be considered desirable adjuncts to education. Instead, they have to be regarded as essential—as thinking prosthetics (Johnson 2001) or mind tools (Jonassen 1996). But, like any other tool, thinking prosthetics must be used properly to be effective.
Knowledge Building paradigm, a learning model particularly suited for a social environment in which cognitive prosthetics have become indispensable, as well as for the professional settings these stude…

Running for Office - TCEA Area 20 Director

As I shared a short time ago, I've decided to pursue the TCEA Area 20 Director position. Why? The reason is simple--TCEA as an organization needs to change. A year ago, I articulated a vision for TCEA in this blog entry. I also acknowledged how far TEC-SIG had come making change, change that I had worked towards in the face of stiff opposition from incumbent Board members and TEC-SIG. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote that symbolizes the need for change:Colleagues, I have sometimes despaired that our state organizations and leadership were mired in the past. But time and time again, those fears have proved groundless. Change is slow and woe to the person who tries to speed the process. . .yet as educational technologists, we ARE change agents.With each connection, each small step forward we come closer to achieving community rather simply being a collection of individuals paying dues to a state organization. We are each called to be more than that.And, have no doubt, TCEA has dra…

MyNotes - Schools Tweet a Double-Standard

Source: Mobile Communications Video via Personalizing Learning with the iPod Touch
Is it right for school districts to establish a Twitter/Facebook "digital presence" for the community but then block access for teachers and administrators on campuses? Is this a social media double-standard? And, isn't this action encouraging educators to use their own mobile devices--and networks--to bypass the school district's network?

"We thought we should be part of the conversation as opposed to just looking in." This quote appears in the news article makes me wonder, since teachers and staff are blocked from using social media, are they NOT supposed to be a part of the conversation?

Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message | Oregon Education -
Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message
Community forums and newsletters sent home in backpacks are so old school.
Social networking isn't just for kids, trendy parents or …

Google Apps Education Edition at Maine Township High School District

Thanks to Henry Thiele for organizing this event...Time: October 6, 2009 from 3pm to 4pm

Link to Webinar (available on day of)

Event Description:
Maine 207 has been steadily adopting more of Google's Apps over the past 2 years. These free resources have been quickly accepted by our students and staff. Sign up for our webinar next week and find out why and how we chose to partner with Google with their Apps solution for student Email and Documents. We will also share where we think we are headed with the Apps Suite from here.

Joining us will be representatives from Google and SADA Systems (the company we have hired to automate our account maintenance).

Please sign up and attend if you are able.

Google Apps Education Edition at Maine Township High School District
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
11:00 a.m. PDT (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)

See more details and RSVP on School CTO/CIO/Directors:

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Biography and Ethnicity

Just received this note and thought it worth sharing for researchers....Dear All,

I would like to inform you that FQS 10(3) -- "Biography and Ethnicity" (, edited by Michaela Koettig, Julia Chaitin, J.P. Linstroth & Gabriele Rosenthal -- is available online (see for former issues). In addition to articles relating to "Biography and Ethnicity", FQS 10(3) provides a number of selected single contributions (on [auto-] ethnography, grounded theory methodology, discourse analysis, and many others), two contributions, belonging to the FQS Debate "Ethnography of the Career Politics," as well as one, belonging to the FQS Debate on "Social Constructionism," and various articles within FQS Reviews.

A) FQS 10(3)
B) Articles from Former FQS Issues
C) Conferences and Workshops
D) Links
E) Open Access News

Enjoy reading!
Katja Mruck

Ps: F…

MyNotes - Technology Night - EDL 628: Educational Law and Ethics

I was engaged by this wiki by the story on globalization. In fact, I would have thrown out everything prior to the first paragraph appearing below. What other stories are out there about how globalization has changed your life? And, what do you intend to do about that?

As an educator, I see only one possible response in the face of everything--innovate, create. It is the only sane response but it can't be done alone, although alone is where you feel before you start innovating, before you give yourself permission to create.

Consider this quote....
If courage you lack, I hereby give you creative license to speak your own truth; to tell your story, as my fourth grade teacher used to say, “in your own words.” I give you permission to create indiscriminately, just as you wish — wildly, freely, and without asking permission from anyone. Tell your tale, paint your masterpiece; sing your song. Tango with the Muses. I send you inspiration, strength, creative energy, and my wildest hopes an…

Monkey See - Guard Those Little Eyes

Thanks to Joel at The Twain Blog for bringing this video to my attention. The video--hosted on YouTube--represents a particular point of view...that is, that the world is evil and we must guard what our children are exposed to. And, I don't disagree with that perspective entirely. Somehow, we must developmentally help our children understand what is out there, not that it's all evil but help ensure that their theory of understanding is strong enough to help them see what something is about, understand whether it's helpful to them or not, and then make other decisions.As I watch this video again, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a dear friend. She shared that she just didn't want to have THOSE kinds of conversations with her children. At the time, I pointed out that such conversations would happen regardless of whether she had them or not. Better that she choose the time and place rather than circumstances.The video also reminds me of An American Teenager, …

Transformative Power


This evening, as I worked my way through a few blog entries in my RSS reader, I stumbled upon The Ethic of the Link by colleague and friend, Wes Fryer. These paragraphs jumped off the page to me:One of the reasons our students and teachers need to be regularly blogging and creating hyperlinked content on wikis is to gain competency and understanding of the power of hyperlinked writing. . .Sharing knowledge digitally through hyperlinks and embedded media IS foreign to many, however. Hyperlinked writing is one of the most important topics we can address, share, and encourage educators to learn ABOUT and how to DO personally today.There is a natural parallel to the behavior we have seen when it comes to mainstream media ‘repurposing content’ online and many school organizations and teachers who see the online world as merely a place to “do school” the same way we’ve done it for decades in fac…

Comment Hoist - Suzanne Dreyer on Moodle Messaging

Last week, I reported on my experience with staff in a district choosing to "cease the teachable moment" by turning off Moodle messaging. There were some excellent comments offered, but I have to confess, I truly enjoyed one posted today.I was delighted to read this comment from Suzanne Dreyer that offered a different approach.
So delighted that it's worth sharing here as a comment hoist! Suzanne also introduces a Message Log Report module. A little about that module:Admin report that provides log of messages sent by users in your Moodle install. Report can be sorted in several ways and filtered by the user involved (both to and from), or just by the user it is from or to.

To see the user's profile, click on their name. To see messages involving that user, click on the [more] link below their name. Or type a username into the Involving, From, or To fields to get a user's messages.

PLEASE NOTE: This report is compatible with Moodle 1.9, but you must add a line to cor…

A Message from Your Superintendent

As I've mentioned previously, I'm participating in an Online Instructor Training course to get certified as a Texas Virtual School network educator. While it's unlikely I'll actually be facilitating any actual K-12 classes, I've enjoyed the first week of class--100% online--because it's an excellent review of what I've learned in PBS' OFT but also an opportunity to learn more stuff. Incredible what I've learned in regards to that...I need to blog about that new learning.
I honestly do feel I have quite a bit of freedom in learning and the ability to make mistakes. Having gone through the PBS Online Facilitator Training (OFT)--a great course in retrospect from which I learned more than thought at first, and to which I refer to again and again--I am enjoying my second jaunt through learning a course that is supposed to teach how to be an online instructor or facilitator. However, I have to say that I've been well-prepared by the discussions ongoing…

MyNotes - A Plan for Effective Discussion Boards

In reading Rob Kelly's "A Plan for Effective Discussion Boards" appearing in Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Tools: 15 Strategies for Engaging Online Students Using Real-Time Chat, Threaded Discussions, and Blogs at, I found the following helpful:
Types of questions to ask...Six Socratic questioning techniques as delineated by Richard Paul to get students involved in discussions that go beyond simply opinion:
Conceptual Clarification Questions Questions that get students to think about concepts behind their arguments:
Why are you saying that?What exactly does this mean?How does this relate to what we have been talking about?Can you give me an example?Probing Assumptions - questions that get students to think about the beliefs that they base their arguments on.
What else could we assume?How did you choose those assumptions?How can you verify or disprove that assumption?What would happen if...?Probing rationale, reasons, and evidence - questions that …

MyNotes - Teaching and Learning Social Studies Online

Here are my notes from Doering, hughes, Scharber's "Teaching and Learning Social Studies Online," chapter 6 of What Works in K-12 Online Learning:
There are about 74,600 students nationwide who enroll in distance education utilizing computer technologies and then receive credit from institutions in distant locations.Social studies is the study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.The nation's expenditure on technology has been a "black hole" with minimal return (Oppenheimer, 1997; Cuban, 2001).Although the research on technology integration reveals little additional impact on student learning, the descriptive evidence of tech's effect on student social experiences is strong.The disciplines of social studies and learning technologies should work together, learning from each other, to establish the potential and best practices for technology in the social studies.Authors provide a framework to highlight the range of technology…

Free Webinar - Success with Virtual Learning

I just became aware of the following:"Drs. Blomeyer and Cavanaugh will summarize new research and policy analysis explaining how virtual learning can support instructional improvement and improved academic performance in America's public and charter schools. Drawing on their co-edited book entitled What Works In K-12 Online Learning (ISTE, 2007), Drs. Blomeyer and Cavanaugh will emphasize the crucial role of professional development for supporting effective uses of virtual learning environments to increase meaningful, discipline-based learning and improve students' academic performance."

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MyNotes - Online Teaching and Classroom Change

Interesting article on online teaching and classroom are my highlights:

Innovate: Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet
Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet
Is an online course in such-and-such subject more or less effective than a face-to-face course in the same subject?
those who teach online leave the familiarity of the face-to-face classroom for the uncharted terrain of the online environment, whose constraints and affordances often lead to very different practices. The trans-classroom teacher who moves between the two environments, transferring ideas, strategies, and practices from one to the other, is a mental migrant. The transformations—of the teacher and of the course—that occur in these migrations and the two-way interactions between face-to-face and online teaching are the focus of this study.
most VHS teachers also teach face-to-face courses…

Over 800 Videos in Core Content Area Instruction

Thanks to Ken Task who shared this collection of videos:Over 800 videos in categories like Arithmetic, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Chemistry, Trigonometry, Biology, and Physics (this list is not complete ... see the site for more!)

There is a collection for Finance, Venture Capital and Capital Markets, Banking and Money, Current Economics, and Brain Teasers as well.


Resource acquired from a TCEA tweet:

The entire video library is shown below. Just click on a category or video title to start learning from the Khan Academy!Calculus | Precalculus | Trigonometry | Algebra | Finance | Pre-algebra | Arithmetic | Geometry | Physics | SAT Preparation | Probability | Linear Algebra | Differential Equations | Credit Crisis | Banking and Money | Paulson Bailout | California Standards Test: Algebra II | California Standards Test: Algebra I | California Standards Test: Geometry | Venture Capital and Capi…

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Interesting presentations/videos...thanks to Free Tech For Teachers Blog for highlighting them. The beauty of an RSS feed juxtaposes all these together.
32 Technology Integration Tips (via Free Tech for Teachers Blog)

Digital Storytelling from Curriki:
A Guide to Annotating Using Diigo by Jose Picardo
(via Free Tech for Teachers)
A Guide to Annotating using Diigo from José Picardo on Vimeo.
Note: It's in Vimeo...if you don't have access to the Vimeo web site or YouTube because it's blocked, consider using to download the video as an mp4. Works well! I used it to download PBWorks Video Tutorials!

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