Archive for March, 2018

Movie: Screenagers

Friday, March 30th, 2018

The EMU group Students for Place-Based Education (PBE) are hosting a showing of an interesting film on Saturday, April 7 at 11 am in the Student Center. I’ll be there and I’ve invited my Summer One undergraduates to come along.

The film came up in a recent school board meeting and sounded intriguing. It will be an examination of what our digital lifestyles are doing to students. Take a peek at a preview.

These are the students you are going to have in your classes.


Use of Social Media

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The Pew Institute released an overview of the use of social media and their accompanying chart suggested that some of the behemoths like Facebook were beginning to flatten out.

When considering these numbers, you should examine the ages of users. Some platforms, particularly SnapChat, have an underrepresentation among older adults.

These data seem to fit with my own use of social media. As an older (but still savvy) user, I find some applications not as interesting since many of my age-peers are not on them.

Even though LTEC has been temporarily shelved, we are still optimistically taking names of those interested in our online Masters of Arts.
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LTEC Program Update

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that as of Fall 2018, the LTEC/COLT graduate programs have been shelved and we are no longer admitting new students. Only two or three LTEC courses will continue to be offered after winter 2019.  Although some of you may have already received an email informing you of this, we want to be sure that everyone affiliated with the program is aware of the changes.

Students must complete their LTEC courses by Winter 2019 although foundation & elective courses may be taken afterward (within six-year time to degree requirement). We still recommend that you take your EDPS research course prior to taking LTEC 695. The LTEC course rollout is as follows:

  • LTEC 623: SU2018
  • LTEC 628: SU2018
  • LTEC 632: FA2018
  • LTEC 653: FA2018
  • LTEC 695: WI2019

This rollout allows students who took their first course in the program in Winter 2013 to complete their degree at EMU.  (For more details, see Graduate School Policies – Time to Degree.)

University policies change over time and when that happens, students may have to change their plans for completing their degrees.  As you are probably aware, universities and other institutions across the country are having to look closely at their bottom lines.   The LTEC program simply does not have enough students to financially justify continuing to offer courses.  We have looked at every possibility and ultimately the dean and department chair felt that shelving the program was the only feasible solution.  LTEC faculty are redesigning the courses and programs to better meet educators’ needs in anticipation of reinstating them in the near future.

We truly understand how frustrating this may be and wish there were other alternatives to offer. Other EMU faculty, staff, and students are experiencing similar situations. Regrettably, this is the current climate that we all are working under.

We will update you as more details become available.  Please contact your advisor or any LTEC faculty, with any questions or concerns you have.

Apple is Coming (back) to the Classroom

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

At an Apple Education event yesterday, several new pushes were unveiled.

An “Education” iPad with Stylus support. The educational price for this machine is around $300. The “pencil” will still cost around $90.

A Crayon Stylus from Logitech.  This looks to be an interesting add-on at about $50.

IWork updates. I was always frustrated that their textbook creation tool needed the absolutely latest operating system. They now offer a textbook creation tool for this new iPad.


Schoolwork. This new iPad application hopes to shoulder its way into classrooms (and perhaps shove Google aside).

Everyone Can Create. This initiative will remind people what we have known for a while. Web 2.0 is all about moving us from recipients to creators.

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The Moving Target of Educational Technology

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

I came across an article called, “Are you Flipping the Wrong Way?” It is a fair question. I had three takeaways from the article.

One. There are some best practices when it comes to flipping our classroom instruction and the early days of simply having students watch an instructional video before class is not sufficient.

Two. There is a group working on developing standards for Blended instruction, the Flipped Learning Global Initiative.


Three. There is a great illustration of the fast pace of research on Flipped Instruction. If you pick up a book on the topic from 2012, argue the authors, and model your teaching after it, you may be missing out on 90 percent of research on flipped instruction.

So keep reading, keep challenging your teaching, and keep moving forward.

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