Monthly Archives: September 2016

Storytelling: All Twitter Users Can Now Create Moments

Why should Snapchat and Instagram users have all the fun with their Stories? Twitter announced Wednesday that its Moments feature is now available to all users.


Now you can take storytelling into the haiku moment.  If less is more… then this is more.


Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16

Online live event
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.


Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone – Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

Insider Insight: Community College FAQ: The Application

Rob Jenkins: “The job ad only calls for a CV and a cover letter. Should I include more?… When I speak to graduate students about applying to community colleges, the question I’m invariably asked is, “What do I send in with my application?” Sure, the job ad only asks for a CV and a cover letter but, applicants wonder, “Shouldn’t I also include a teaching statement? A sample course syllabus? Maybe a copy of a published or in-progress manuscript?”


Insiders have insight.Rob Jenkins brings you inside the hiring process and explains just what to expect when applying for Community College teaching positions.

Time to Dive in? A Chart of The Best Augmented Reality Apps to Use With Students

Augmented reality is making some huge inroads in the field of education. More and more teachers are incorporating this relatively new technology in their classrooms. Augmented reality is also redefining the notion of learning by adding a layer of interactivity, engagement and vividness to students learning experiences. Teachers have been using augmented reality in many varied ways and across different school subjects, this post from Edutopia provides some good examples in this regard. The success of AR in education is attributed to the increasing availability of mobile apps designed specifically to help learners leverage the power of AR in their learning.  Below are some very good AR apps to try out with your students. This is a work in progress and we will be adding more to the list in the future. Enjoy


It’s fun to be on the leading bleeding edge of a new way of learning. AR and VR aren’t new. However, the tech and the moment for early classroom adapters has arrived.  Time to dive in?

The Community College Application: CV or Résumé?

If a job listing asks specifically for a résumé rather than a CV, what should you send?

These days, when applying for any academic job, regardless of the rank, you should probably send a CV.


Solid advice from Rob Jenkins, Associate Professor at Georgia Sate University Perimeter College.  Bottom line: HR might be thinking resume, but the academics on the hiring committee want to know the details.  The are expecting a CV.

If a job listing asks specifically for a résumé rather than a CV, what should you send?

These days, when applying for any academic job, regardless of the rank, you should probably send a CV.

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Backward Design, Forward Progress

First, (re)designing a course via backward design forces us to step back from our fields of expertise, which we know so well and hold so dear, and approach the learning process as novices. That is to say, we are so familiar with our disciplines and their content that it’s hard to imagine anyone not endowed with such knowledge or a burning desire to acquire it.



Online instructors are often asked to teach a course built by someone else.those given the chance to redesign a course will appreciate this interesting take on backward design.

Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads

Recently Juho Kim, a Ph.D. student at MIT, Rob Rubin, the VP of Engineering at edX, and Philip J. Guo from the University of Rochester  How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos at the ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).


This research should help all online teachers lighten up and step up to the power of video technology in the online classroom. 


My KEY take away: “Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings.”


Use your excitement about your subject create presence and engagement in your online classes.

The Promise of Virtual Reality in Higher Education

Virtual reality teeters on the edge of becoming mainstream, with software development outstripping the hardware and memory storage needed. In this article, a librarian and an art historian discuss the many ways that VR may transform learning and student experiences.


Hang on to your Holodeck and jump in! This is part of the science fiction future I imagined back in the 80’s.  We live in interesting times!

ISTE Webinar-  Add some VR and AR  to your school reality!

Get up to speed on VR and AR, with advice from an expert panel on where this fast-evolving technology is headed, and what applications educators can use now.  Register Now


This high engagement technology promises to be a very interesting ride! Jump on the webinar 9/13/16. Sign up to get the archives if you can’t make the live event.

Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

A companion site to Troy’s Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.


Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar’s eye and a writer’s voice.


This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays — so many fine ideas!


Those interested in crafting a writer’s workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.