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Program Advisor E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program University of Wisconsin Stout

The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.


Shall we play a game?  We all know in our guts that the engagement and learning that takes place in a game is a power force.  How can we connect our content with that itch to play. How can we create an itch to learn?

E-Jobs: Adjunct Online Education Faculty

Desired Attributes/Qualifications:

1. Ph.D./Ed.D. in the appropriate discipline or related field.
2. Experience working in the education field as a practitioner in any grades, Preschool through 12 preferred.
3. Qualified experience teaching online and working with adult learners required.
4. Previous college or university-level teaching experience preferred.
5. Commitment to support the mission of St. Thomas University.
6. Commitment to culturally-responsive teaching practices and experience with diverse student populations.
7. Official transcripts for all degrees must be received by the university prior to employment.


Combine your lifetime expertise, advanced degrees, online teaching experience and initiative together and go get this job.  

6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade

Elizabeth Werner, 4th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary (Brownsburg, IN), initially used Ruth Culham’s 6-Traits songs to introduce the writing traits to her students. But her students wanted something more modern. Being a musical learner herself, Elizabeth saw the value in meeting her students’ learning needs. She began listening to some popular songs that she knew her students were familiar with. She listened to the choruses and began to consider how she could rewrite the trait songs to fit these new tunes.


It’s been many years since I taught Elementary school, but I can still recognize kids having fun and learning. Singing about the Traits? Why not.  Here’s a link to the YouTube Playlist as well!

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

By Katrina Schwartz |

With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school.

A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest influence on new teachers — veteran educators —  don’t always embrace new ways of using technology to engage students.


Aspiring teachers may need to look beyond the basic training received in a school of education.  A new teacher who knows how to learn with technology should be able to leverage that understanding into teaching skills… especially if they are self-directed learners. 

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

“Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.


“While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.


“Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers.”