Keeping Up: Global Digital Citizen Foundation

April 14th, 2018 by Michael McVey

Another source of curated articles is from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation.

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Based in Vancouver, they have great articles of interest to K-12 teachers and Higher Ed faculty as well. Just a few from the most recent email:

  • The 27 Most Crucial Qualities of Authentic Formative Assessments
  • How to Get Students Thinking Positively for Better Learning
  • Here Are Some Free Online Writing Tools That Boost Writer Skills
  • 4 Super-Fun STEM Online Tools That Will Keep Kids Curious
  • Here Are 5 Perfect Digital Forums for Transforming Professional Learning

Any of the articles is a great source of links to future learning and deeper dives into a topic.

Keeping Up: Conferences

April 13th, 2018 by Michael McVey

The LTEC team (should I call us all Team LTEC?) had an interesting email exchange this morning when asked to share conferences at which we had a presence. We ended up with quite a strong list and if any of you participate in these conferences, we hope you will let us know so we can connect with you.

Here is the list (so far):

Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL). March. They rotate between Grand Rapids and Detroit (2019).

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). June. This year’s conference will be in Chicago.

Teaching Professor – Teaching with Technology. October. St Louis, MO.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  February. Louisville, KY.

Among others we have attended recently are Ohio’s ITIP, SITE, and ECOO (Canada).

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Keeping Up: Inside Higher Ed

April 11th, 2018 by Michael McVey

With so many interested and relevant news articles churning about online, it is hard to find the best ones, so I turn to organizations such as The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed for help.

I met the editor of Inside Higher Ed last summer and found the outfit to be scrappy and sincere in their efforts to bring faculty and students the stories they need.

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In today’s email burst on Digital Education, I found one article noteworthy (What Online Teachers Have Learned From Teaching Online) so I’ll set it aside for a slower read later in the day.


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Keeping Up: EdSurge

April 8th, 2018 by Michael McVey

There are a number of sources of Ed Tech news that can be delivered right to your InBox each day.  During April, I will share a few of my favorites and some that I am starting to look at more seriously.

Remember, there is so much out there that you need to learn how to scan quickly to determine which tools, applications, and strategies you will need to focus on at a later time. Scanning news like this is a good way of taking the pulse of the field.

Let’s begin with EdSurge (“Learn What’s Happening in Edtech”)

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I subscribe to the EdSurge: Higher Education newsletter for a sense of how Ed Tech is transforming Higher Education.  There are plenty of other blogs, tweets, and podcasts produced by EdSurge with focuses on business, policy, research, and more.

They tackle complicated issues with readable and engaging text. They even throw in a little fun at times.  I also subscribe to their Innovate newsletter and glance at their teacher reviews of software.

Interesting Fact: An analysis by proofreading application noredink revealed the most common errors made by K-12 students and further broke out the information by state. Michigan students had a slightly better than average error rate.


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360-Degree Cameras

April 6th, 2018 by Michael McVey

360-degree cameras are falling in price, slightly. The EMU Library recently purchased a number of them for use by faculty. The Special Interest Group allows them to explore how they might work in their own teaching.

Today, the first of 13 faculty teams took a training provided by LTEC Professor Michael McVey. In two weeks, the team of Jones and Copeland will get theirs and put it to use in their teaching.

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One of the faculty members in the session today considered ways of attaching one to one of her drones. Another thought it would work well in the Point of View (POV) mode to capture a shopkeeper’s exchange during a study abroad. Imagine watching from start to finish a patron ordering a croissant and a cafe au lait, in Paris, to get a sense of the rhythm of the language.

Those were just two of the ideas that came up in the first few minutes with these cameras. I’m looking forward to many more.


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