Monthly Archives: February 2016

Vicki Davis & Tom Arnett Podcast: 8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. While flipped classroom is a form of blended learning, it is not the only one. Today, researcher Thomas Arnett breaks down the eight types of blended learning and explains how they are being used to improve student outcomes. Listen now.


Best practices for blended learning from Tom Arnett are presented in this online interview conducted by Vicki Davis. 


Virtual Seniors: Older People Are Making Friends & Learning

Each week, the Virtual Senior Center offers some 30 online classes to homebound clients, from tai chi and exercise to contemporary history discussions and gallery talks with museum curators, as well as music appreciation and singing — even Mandarin. Participants use a simple touch-screen computer to join in, as well as to Skype, play games or use the Internet.


If you teach online you know how real and connected the virtual classroom can feel.  At the Virtual Senior Center, people are leaning to reconnect with the world. 

WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016 | WCET

Based on data accumulated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys from the Fall of 2014, the WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016 highlights differences by sector, graduate vs. undergraduate study, student location, and by the number of institutions educating students at a distance.


Current research on Distance Education enrollment.  Knowing what’s happening now will help you see what’s coming next.

Shannon Mersand: 12 Questions (and Answers) about Makerspaces!

What is needed to start a Makerspace in a classroom or school?

Passion – You need to have passion and a belief in the educational value of maker-style projects.

Space – This can be a whole room or only part of a room.

Supplies – Start small with simple craft materials. Often sending a message out to colleagues and the community asking for donations of materials works well.

Storage – Create a place to store materials when they are not in use and student projects as they are being worked on.


Shannon Mersand’s online class Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces will help you transform your instruction.

From Dread to Dream: My Road to Online Teaching

unlike other businesses out there that I tried and failed at, I saw something about adjunctpreneuring I had to grab hold of until the dream became reality.


I recommend Dr. Danny Baab’s services to all the students in the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Program.

Vicki Davis: How to Teach Students Discussion Forums

Discussion forums have been around a long time but I have found few schools who teach them.  Sites like Reddit and most technical support sites use this threaded discussion format. But it is easy to teach using wikispaces. Here’s the video I use  to teach my students how to use discussion forums properly.


Understanding how to use a discussion forum is a 21st Century literacy.  Teach your students how to use this technology!

Thomas J. Kane: Connecting to Practice: How we can put education research to work

In the United States, most consequential decisions in education are made at the state and local level, where leaders have little or no connection to expert knowledge.


There is a disconnect between research and decision making.  As any teacher or librarian; this isn’t news. 


Last Friday, I participated in a Leadership Learning Team meeting with other educators in our school board.  It was a great opportunity to think about the way we teach, and we were challenged to share this learning with others.


Here’s one teacher’s story. I love the hashtag.