Monthly Archives: December 2016

If the U.S. Won’t Pay Its Teachers, China Will

VIPKid recruits teachers through referrals and social media and gets 10,000 to 20,000 applications a month. Prospective hires are tested and screened and about one out of every 10 applicants are approved, Mi says. Successful ones take VIPKid’s training courses for about a week and need to pass a final test before starting work. They’re not required to have degrees in education, but do need a bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience.

Source: www.bloomberg.com

This could be a game changer for freelance teachers looking to supplement their incomes. Video based online synchronous language instruction USA to China (and back)! 

Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life | FixTheGap

Root is on a mission to get more kids (and adults) coding. Root is a fun, easy-to-use robot which teaches coding to anyone ages 4 to 99. Root has over 50 sensors and actuators with which it can draw, erase, play music, explore its world, and even defy gravity by using magnetism to drive on wall mounted whiteboards — making coding activities applicable to a range of topics, social, and way more cool. Root grows coding experience with people in a familiar and consistent platform — offering years of learning opportunities rather than days. As coding skills improve, kids advance from programming with a blocks-based graphical interface (a child can use it even before they know how to read) to programming with fully text-based languages like Swift, JavaScript, and Python.

Source: www.codewithroot.com

I read Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms when I was a young teacher.  I taught Turtle geometry and Logo programming to 10 year olds and built Lego robots with 8th graders back in the 80’s. It changed my life. Learning to code with a robot has been a long time coming.  Root looks like the real deal to me

e-Jobs: Online Adjunct Instructors – Communication – Southern New Hampshire Univeristy

We are seeking graduate level instructors to teach in the MA in Communication program, including courses such as:
· COM-540 Second Self: Identity and Personal Brands
· COM-565 Communication with Media Technology
· COM-566 Pen to Platform
· COM-567 Digital Tools and Teams
· COM-610 More than Words: Communication by Design

Minimum Qualifications
· Masters in Communications or related field required
· Extensive professional experience in communication, new media, or marketing for social media required
· College level teaching experience preferred

Source: www.higheredjobs.com

Put your masters degree to work.  Online teaching skills will give you the edge. 

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Earn a graduate certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching in as little as 10 months online with the University of Wisconsin Stout

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This time next year you could have your certificate and a new job. Set goals and get started. Register today: Graduate Certificate Homepage,

Blended Learning with the New Google Sites

Previously, Google Sites was not intuitive. It rendered ugly sites that did not display well on phones and tablets. The new Google Sites is no more complicated than pointing and clicking – no HTML knowledge needed (see tips below). It integrates perfectly with GSuite. This makes it easy to showcase GSuite files.

Source: www.bamradionetwork.com

If you are an early adopter looking for something to play with over Christmas vacation, the new build of Google Sites may be an early present for the holidays.  Like all things Google it’s rolling out while rolling on down the tracks.  At the moment, there’s no simple conversion of old sites to new sites, but that’s promised for 2017.  Worth a look if you’re riding the G-Train.