Thursday, September 22, 2011

YouTube for Teachers

YouTube is one of the best online education sites on the Internet.  The problem has been that YouTube is also filled with every kind of video, from sublime lectures by some of the great minds of the century to the bone snapping stunts of marginally sane teens, to the grungy mumblings of the fringe.  It's like much of the Internet: a mixed bag of nuts with some real gems if you know how to find them.

Many school districts ban the use of YouTube because it is easier to just say no and cover your liability than spending the time to evaluate content and use a great resource the kids already have after school (and on their phone) access too in the first place.

YouTube has taken steps to create a safe silo of content for teachers everywhere.  Other services like TeacherTube and Schooltube have been providing this service as well.

Let's hope that creating YouTube Teachers ( will make it easier for someone in a district office to punch the filter button and let the video stream.

10 Ways to use YouTube in the Classroom

Thursday, September 15, 2011

UW-Stout Online Adjuncts Needed

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Open Invitation to Apply: 

University of Wisconsin-Stout maintains a pool of qualified individuals who would like to teach online courses. This is an open invitation to apply for the University’s Adjunct Instructor Pool. Individuals with online teaching experience and appropriate degrees in instructional areas offered at University of Wisconsin-Stout are encouraged to apply.

Candidates with e-learning and online teaching certificates and online e-portfolios should emphasize that experience when completing the the web-based application.

The university is building a pool of qualified subject experts with professional online teaching skills to teach general education courses at the undergraduate level. Additional opportunities are available at the graduate level for teaching instructional design, reading/literacy, using games to assess learning

Please do not send resumes or applications to this blog. Only applications submitted to the Adjunct Pool will be reviewed for spring 2012 openings. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Learning

EDUC 744 969 3 Graduate Units 
October 3 – November 30, 2011

Enroll NOW!

Fundamental to the modern definition of mlearning is that it is the learner/learning that is mobile, not the device.

In-depth analysis of mobile learning research, trends, instructional strategies, curriculum integration, professional development, and on-the-job training using handheld technology such as the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and smartphones.

This course will explore learning design, content, and critical factors that need to be considered for successful application in a mobile environment. It will help educators and trainers develop effective pedagogy and instructional strategies that capitalize on learners' interest and access to mobile technology and use that familiarity to meet learning, professional development and training goals.

Ann Bell

Author/Online Instructor and Course Developer

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Getting Into the Flow

All of my life I've wanted education to be more like what's described in this video. I count myself fortunate that I'm still able to get into the flow when learning, teaching, reading, and researching online. In many ways the Internet and the Information Fluency skills I've developed over the past decade have guaranteed me a ticket to ride (the flow that is).

One of the things that promotes flow is listening to music as you work. More often than not I've moved into the deep concentration and mental focus I think of as Flow while listening to music.  When this happens I've learned to appreciate the moment and go with it.

Can school be like this?  

Yes, I recall many a writing workshop session that was a hot bed of  flow.  ~ Dennis

Born to Learn: Class Reunion from Born to Learn on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Virtual School: Family Friendly Flexibility

    • Joubert argues that virtual school allows students and teachers to work more closely together. “Students still talk with their teachers; you might even say they talk more. When I was in school, you didn’t have many one-on-one conversations with your teachers. Your teachers spoke to you, they didn’t speak with you. Here, they do oral exams, they talk with the kids, they really get to know each student.”
    • By having this type of learning, we are able to still have a family life. We have the ability to travel when we want to and choose our time. You can’t do that in traditional schools. Our kids have had the opportunity to go places and see things that other students don’t get to.
    • With online learning, when you get it, you can move on. When you don’t get it, you can get extra tutoring help and teachers will walk you through it. If you’re sick for a couple of days, you can do your work over the weekend when you feel better. You’re not missing anything.
    • My kids are very self-paced because they’ve always been homeschooled, but I think if a child was not so motivated, it would be a bit of a challenge to keep up.
    • they’re learning how to overcome the challenges of working with someone else and to interact with other kids. Just because you don’t “see” someone doesn’t mean you’re not interacting.
    • online clubs at FLVS
    • at least once a year, we do a Barnes & Noble Book Fair where students can go to whatever Barnes & Noble is closest to where they live and meet at least some of their teachers.
    • It’s important to learn how to self-pace and do these kinds of courses; I think it’s as much of a learning experience just taking the course as it is learning what the course teaches.
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