Encouraging Ownership

Jul 16

Encouraging Ownership

After every course I teach I receive an evaluation from my students. Typically 80% or higher provide with highly positive feedback. 10% are indifferent and 10% are less than satisfied. Most of the dissatisfaction revolves around lack of structure and and timelines. This is partly my personal flaws and partly student preference and partly a communication failure. I...

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“I Couldn’t Agree More” is Meh.

Feb 01

“I Couldn’t Agree More” is Meh.

First off, if you rarely read the comments in a blog, you ignore the fact that some of the best learning comes from those who respond and contribute additional ideas, perspectives and insights. Grant it, many spaces, like news sites and youtube are often places where civil discourse is difficult to find. But many blogs, particularly educational blogs offer some of...

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Sustaining Digital Literacy

Jan 08

Sustaining Digital Literacy

I’m excited to be teaching a course in a few weeks for Wilkes University called “Sustaining Digital Literacy” as part of the new EDGE offering. Essentially this is a great way to quickly get yourself up to speed with emerging technologies. The course I’m offering focuses on a few things: Finding trusted people who are doing the heavy lifting...

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It’s Not Really PD

Jul 22

It’s Not Really PD

“In a nutshell, connected learning is learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational and economic opportunity. Connected learning is when you’re pursuing knowledge and expertise around something you care deeply about, and you’re supported by friends and institutions who share and recognize this common passion or...

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Professional Development is Not That Complicated

Jun 21

Professional Development is Not That Complicated

As a follow up to my previous post on learning, I’ll add this one to the list of things we’ve made more complicated than it ought to be. In a sense it’s much the same as Professional Development is obviously learning too but perhaps needs to have a little more light shed on it. I was thinking back about 10 years. I attended a three day workshop with...

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Podcast 55 Ideas are Disposable, People Are Not

Oct 20

Podcast 55 Ideas are Disposable, People Are Not

I said I would podcast more so I am. Just trying to be regular.  Here are a few links to this podcast: CBC Spark Randoll Stross, The LaunchPad YCombinator Flipped Classroom Pros and Cons The sound is pretty raw. I recorded while walking the dog and there was a bit of wind. I used Audcaity's Noise Removal tool but I probably didn't use it correctly....

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