Managing Your Digital Classroom with Wearable Technology (EdSurge News)

On a typical day, there are three stations in my classroom: a teacher station where I conduct small group instruction, a collaborative station where students work cooperatively to complete a task, and a work station where students work independently to complete asynchronous tasks. With three distinct groups working simultaneously, one might wonder how a can teacher respond to each and every student misunderstanding.

My answer: the Pebble.

Source: www.edsurge.com

The Pebble has a sort of retro-nerd look that you’ll either love or hate.  This clever blog will help any teacher on the move in a 1 to 1 classroom. Now what else can we use it for?

Forty Weeks of Online Learning by Victoria Thornley, MSN, RN, CNE

Each course in the E- Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program is eight weeks in length.  I am amazed at what 40 weeks of learning can produce in a well designed program.  Reflective journaling is a learning activity that promotes metacognition and is an integral part of the certificate program.

Source: vickithornley.wordpress.com

Vicky Thornley is a Certified Nursing Educator who recently earned a Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Her reflections chronicle her experiences as she learned to teach online.

Using Moodle for Corporate Training – Super Moodle

Is it really worth all the effort, to implement using Moodle for corporate training? Moodle is one of the top LMS designs out there, stealing the top of LMS lists dependably enough. It’s a good system, with a lot of rich features, extended integration, and its open source nature means that its features are clinically limitless.

Source: www.super-moodle.com

There are hundreds of LMS aimed at the corporate market.  None of them have the user community that sustains Moodle as an international favorite. 

Engage your students with #MysterySkype

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.

Source: education.skype.com

Here’s an online learning activity that will engage and energize your students. It would be a great back to school project. Skype in the Classroom will help you connect with other tech using teachers for a game based exchanged.

National and international connections are waiting to be made.

Jump in and have some fun.

Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.

Source: talkingwriting.com

I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer’s workshop (back before the turn of the century).

Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 

Think about it.

E-Job: Online Faculty Law and Legal Studies Seton Hall Univeristy

Seton Hall Law School currently is seeking qualified individuals to serve as part-time adjunct faculty in the Master of Science in Jurisprudence program. Faculty will teach 1-2 courses online up to a maximum of 5 times per year. The successful candidates shall possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), experience in Health & Hospital Law, Pharmaceutical Law, Employment/Business Law, or Intellectual Property. Previous teaching experience, particularly in an online environment, is preferred but not required. Candidates also should have strong computer skills and the ability to communicate effectively in a distance environment. 

Source: www.higheredjobs.com

Beyond Words: How to Write for Readability

POSTED BY ANDREA AYRES

…If you are a purveyor of online content you have a duty to your reader. How text looks greatly impacts the willingness of your reader to interact with that text.


Source: blog.pickcrew.com

This article goes into considerable depth about many aspects of web writing and readability.  

Great lessons for anyone who creates web content. (Online instructors… learn these lessons!)

Online Course: Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom

Explore instructional strategies for implementing the flipped classroom approach to support a learner-centered, project-based approach to learning to liberate your face-to-face time in the classroom. Implications for classroom management, effective assessment, problem-solving and collaboration to improve student motivation and engagement in the classroom. Put the flipped model into context with brain-based learning research.

 

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.

Source: www.uwstout.edu

Kay Lehmann’s online classes are always superb.

Don’t miss this one! .  

Research: Length of online course and student satisfaction, perceived learning, and academic performance

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance LearningAbstract

This research presents findings from a two-part study.  In the first part, graduate students taking online courses were given a course evaluation form.  Student responses from online abbreviated summer sessions were compared to student responses from online full-semester courses. 

Both the intensive and full-semester courses were taught by the same professor and both had identical requirements in terms of assignments and exams.  The independent variable was the length of time taken to complete the requirements, with the dependent variables being satisfaction with the course, perceived learning, and academic performance.  A statistical analysis of the data found significant differences in a number of areas.

Keywords: Online learning; course format; graduate school; course satisfaction; communication;academic performance; five-week intensive course; full-semester course; massed vs. distributed learning; equivalency theory

Source: www.irrodl.org

In the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout our intensive courses are 8 weeks long. During this time, instructors provide personalized formative assessment on a weekly basis.  We have found this format maximizes learning while providing a manageable time commitment for busy adult learners.