Tech Tools for Summer Travel

Simplify Planning With a Few Awesome Tools Summer is the time when teachers everywhere take a deep breath and relax for a minute, before the flurry of vacation and professional development begins.  Personally, my summer is a mixture of traveling to conferences and...

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Effective Blended Course Design

In the past, I haven't really thought about effective course design.  Well, that's not really true.  I do think about it obsessively when I think about how to structure and present information, but I haven't really thought about it as formally as presented in the...

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Types of Learning Activities in Blended Learning

In this week's module, we're exploring types of learning activities in blended learning courses.  So, I thought I'd share some of my favorite tools and activities with my readers! Assimilative (processing and structuring information): Google for Education, Google,...

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Authentic Assessment and Online Learning

Why Bother With Authentic Assessment "If learning is not transferred from the place of learning to practical application, there can be no positive return on investment of the time needed to create, implement, and evaluate instruction. Students are smarter than we...

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Four Models of Educator Involvement

In our BlendKit course this week, we are presented with four models of the role of educators in a networked environment.  These four models are John Seely Brown’s notion of studio or atelier learning Clarence Fischer’s notion of educator as network administrator...

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Welcome to Blended Learning – Initial Thoughts

BlendKit 2016 Today I started working on my UCF BlendKit course (yes, I did procrastinate a few days, but I'm busy!), which is all about blended learning.  Our first reading is all about understanding blended learning. I've taught sort-of blended learning courses...

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Google for Education Certified Trainer

Sharing My Love for Google I did it!  I am finally a Google for Education Certified Trainer! I'm so excited, and a little overwhelmed.  I think that's probably normal at the beginning of a new adventure.  Sure, I'm still teaching, but I'm hoping that this opens some...

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Cultural Criticism & Globe Trotting

Context This semester, my seniors are exploring cultural criticism.  They'll be reading Shaun Tan's The Arrival, which is an amazing wordless graphic novel.  Following a man through his immigration story, the author does an amazing job helping the reader to understand...

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Finding Inspiration

I spend a lot of time roaming the web, searching for inspiration and interesting ideas that I can use or adapt in my English classroom.  And, today I wanted to share one of my absolute favorites.  This site never fails to make me think about, wonder about, and mash-up...

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Who’s Responsible for Student Screen Time?

The other day I heard a news report about the amount of time children and students spend in front of a screen (from TV to cell phones and computers).  It was a little surprising.  According to this post by NBC News, teens spend upwards of 9 hours a day in front of a...

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