I have set myself the challenge of learning to juggle. Generally, I’m cack-handed. I can’t run, throw, or catch. But I can swing – a bat, stick, or club. I was the kid who cracked the first pitch into the outfield, but still got run out at first. I was the kid who could return the … More Tossing, not catching. NLP Post 2.
On Wednesday we held our Maker Faire in conjunction with MSU Libraries. A great time was had by all! Laurie Fernandez and I had created an activity we called “Are You Smarter Than Our Quiz Machine?”. It consisted of Four quiz boards, like these: We needed more than one board, not just for access for more … More How to be a #QuizMaster!
Over the last lifetime, which has only been two weeks, my understanding of learning and teaching has been tugged this way and that such that much of what I used to know has fallen off. I have taken my admittedly poor original lesson plan on Sir Francis Drake and scrutinized and revised it through three important … More Lesson Plan Version 5.0: Final Revision
We have been learning about networked learning; articulating our own personal learning networks and revising our lesson plans to incorporate networked learning. My personal use of networked learning has continued to expand since the public introduction of the internet. I like learning. I like learning random things over the internet. I can happily surf from … More NLP Post 1
Networks are everywhere. They always have been. In this post I will review my lesson plan 1.0 through the lens of networked learning. In their recent report, Johnston, Becker, Estrada, and Freeman (2014) have analyzed the current and future trends in technology in the classroom, and many of these involve networked learning. The plan as it stands has … More Lesson Plan Version 4.0: Networked Learning Revision
Today we were able to play with Mozilla Popcorn, a video and audio remixing tool. Using specialized Creative Commons search tools, we searched for video and audio clips to support our introduction to a chosen educational technology buzzword. Our group – David, Donna, and Lisa – chose the buzzword “digital storytelling,” and searched using Prelinger … More Digital Storytelling and Mozilla Popcorn
Today we have been exploring person learning networks (“PLN”). I suppose the most important aspect, is that they are personal. Therefore, there is no template to fill in. There is not even a standard app or site to use. There are, however, plenty of “mind mapping” tools out there. Somewhere, rising from the back of my mind, … More My Personal Learning Network
We have been learning about Universal Design for Learning (“UDL”). Nate Stevenson gave us a wonderful presentation on UDL. In particular, we learned what UDL is, and what it is not. What it is not, is a list of modifications made for individual students with learning disabilities. What it is is good lesson plan design … More Lesson Plan Version 3.0: UDL Revision
Today we started to research using UDL (Universal Design for Learning) as a framework to revise our lesson plans (in conjunction with TPACK). This concept is very close to my heart. Although I only learned about UDL today, I have worked with students with learning difficulties who have been given “modified lessons” which allow them to … More UDL: making lessons accessible to all
Content curation is a novel concept, to me, but I can see how useful it is. A daily digest, created by a student, which gives an overview and, hopefully, valid summary of the day. I have tried to include all the useful links. Monday was my day for content curation. I certainly got an exciting day … More Makerfaire-ing Breakfast