Show 77: E-Learning

Guiding Question: What are some lessons learned by the Ed Tech Team with e-learning?

Tips of the Week

Jeff- Nano degrees Udacity. History of Distance Edu Timeline. Tech Crunch career advice for a 13 year old. Google for Education Expeditions

Mark- Five Digital Platforms Leading the Future of Ed Tech and Six Models of Blended Learning are both great resources to consider both different models and learning platforms to support a range of different approaches to online learning in K-12 and higher education.

David- New Explain Everything site. Changes to the app to offer a “junior version” that one can toggle to, a community of shared EE use examples. Mark’s Luminaris podcast where he focuses on the art of teaching in higher education.

Show 74: Ed Tech at A Small Liberal Arts College (SLAC)

Guiding Question:

What is it like offering instructional technology support at a liberal arts college?

Guest: Jeff Nugent- Director of Academic Technologies at Colgate University

Tips of the Week:

Jeff- Fusion Courses at Colgate  |  Team-Based Approach to Course Development Resource 1 and 2

David- Google on Air two day virtual conference on education May 8 and 9. Registration site.

Show 73: Edtech Co-Op in Review of Episodes 1-5

Just as blogger and technology leader Doug Johnson does from time to time, we are going to review some highlights of past shows. We have been fortunate to have terrific guests who helped us unpack a variety of topics. Our goal has been to keep our discussions focused, practical and actionable to make differences in our classrooms and to shift our schools. Our new listeners and maybe even our veteran followers might feel the need to go back to listen to some shows.

This very short show reviews episodes 1-5.

Show 72: Online Learning in Higher Edu and edX

Guiding Question:

What is happening with online learning in higher edu and edX?

Guest: Jeff Nugent - Director of Academic Technologies at Colgate University

Tips of the Week:

Mark- First, at William & Mary, John Drummond discusses initial efforts in online learning in an insightful blog post.  Luminaris is a new blog I’ve started to explore various issues in teaching at the college level. I explore issues related to ed tech, teaching strategies, 21st century skills, reflective practice and more.

Jeff- Advent of the Atomic Bomb Colgate MOOC course. Fusion course on grounds and open online to Colgate alumni.

David- Check out an excellent Washington Post article on MOOCs and personalized higher edu.

Show 70: Educational Leadership article “When Change Has Legs” with Jim Reese

Guiding Question drawn from the article:

“What determines whether a change effort will eventually fizzle out or whether it will survive and thrive?”

Article Link- "When Change has Legs: Four key factors help determine whether change efforts will be sustained over time"

Tips of the Week:

Jim- Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World by Dr. David Perkins and Creating Cultures of Thinking by Dr. Ron Ritchhart.

David- Washington Post article on Jeb Bush’s educational foundation. Not looking at the politics or motivations of Mr. Bush or the companies that support his foundation, I am hoping for at least a couple very important outcomes from his potential running for president. One is that his support of the Common Core would bring out real discussion and debate. So much of what is in the news media are surface responses. This could be real opportunity for a national learning opportunity about how and what we want to see happening in our schools. A second hopeful outcome to be included in the discussion is to bring to light the nature of digital learning especially in the form of blended to virtual learning. The greater population would benefit from learning more about the benefits of digital information, tools and the shift to more student empowered learning.

Show 68: Comparing the Workspaces of Googlers and Softies

Guiding Question: How do Google and Microsoft design their workspaces to promote creativity and collaboration?

Tips of the Week:

Mark: I recently came across a nice resource from the University of Wisconsin’s Teaching and Learning Excellence group on blended learning. The guide helps a designer think the the implications of different approaches to learning (e.g., behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism) for blended and online learning. The guide also provides key considerations for different elements of blended learning from the students’ perspective. While not comprehensive, it does offer some great points to consider in designing blended learning experiences.

Jeff: OMG Chrome Google+ to find communities as in Google Education Groups by state and region, news, extensions, etc.

David: For the higher education portion of what we cover on the podcast, a college professor recently wrote a piece for the WP explaining how this coming semester he would not allow laptops into his lectures. There was a huge response via comments including a letter to the editor that I found in today’s Washington Post.  

COETAILcast #20 and EdTech Co-Op podcast Show 65: Personalizing PD to provide insights and tips on setting up one’s PLN and how to help schools guide teachers to take steps to further personalize their learning.

In reviewing the past year and in preparing an article for 2015, I realized that I had not shared an article that Mark, my wife Margaret and I had written. As we speak so often on the podcast about TPACK and our Information and Communication Literacies (ICL) approach to TPACK, I hope that the article might further paint the picture of taking the theory of TPACK to what it can look like in a K-12 setting. The article is entitled Using TPACK to Guide a 1:1 iPad Pilot and it is published online at THE Journal.