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About zipquestr

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

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills — THE Journal

A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:

  1. raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  2. gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; 
  3. comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  4. thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; and
  5. communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.


I’ve followed Kathy Schrock’s work for years.  She’s always on it! 

“TweenTribune” Provides The Same Text At Different Levels AND A Virtual Classroom – For Free!

It provides daily news stories, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes and provide decent “critical thinking” questions that students can respond to in the comments. On top of that, teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments.
And it’s all available for free!


I can see this working in a tech enabled reading/writing classroom. Will it work for you?

Write About » Learn

Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!


Here’s a startup with some energy and ideas to help writing teachers. Investigate! 

e-job: Online Instructor – RN to BSN

Minimum qualifications:
Adjunct Nursing instructors teaching undergraduate courses must possess a current RN license and a minimum of a Master of Science degree in Nursing earned from an institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For all adjuncts, 18 graduate credit hours in the field they will be teaching is required. In addition, the following are required:

Online teaching experience
Student-centered instructional philosophy
Experience using MS Office to include Excel, Word
A webcam and high-speed Internet access
Experience using the Blackboard Learning Management System is preferred.
Must have a flexible schedule to teach in 8-week terms, Wednesday through Tuesday midnight.
Able to answer emails and grade assignments within two calendar days


If you’ve got the skills to teach online and hard-won experience of a veteran nurse, this could be a way to keep your career fresh and interesting. Think about it! 

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]

Online learning has become one of the fastest-growing industries in education technology, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

The availability of mobile devices on campuses has drastically changed the playing field for e-learning. By 2020, the global mobile-learning market is on track to reach $37.8 billion, according to a new infographic from TalentLMS, a learning management system. By 2019, half of all college students will be enrolled in online courses.


The future is bright and filled with change. Are you ready?

Aegisub Advanced Subtitle Editor

Aegisub is a free, cross-platform open source tool for creating and modifying subtitles. Aegisub makes it quick and easy to time subtitles to audio, and features many powerful tools for styling them, including a built-in real-time video preview.


This looks promising. The CC requirement for online video means all online teachers need to step up their game on subtitling.  I was made aware of this product by Jeremiah Stanley, a tech-talented graduate student in my E-Learning Practicum class.

Jeremiah reported Aegisum as “…a  free, cross-platform open source tool for creating subtitles. The testing I have done with it so far let me create subtitles and load the file into YouTube and Vimeo. There is also a large number of file types you can output to with Aegisub so if the educators do not use either YouTube or Vimeo they could still caption there videos.”

Jeremiah and I will drive this product hard and see where it leads.

DailyOM – Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron

This 6 week course with internationally renowned spiritual teacher, Pema Chodron, presents the essential teachings on a life of fearlessness, aliveness, and true spiritual awakening. The teachings on “Getting Unstuck” offer a direct path to a life of true joy, love, and happiness, and represent a powerful approach to life as revealed by the ancient meditative tradition of Tibet. 


I’ve listened to hours of Pema Chodron’s teaching. This course will give you everything you give to it.