Archive for the ‘Current trends’ Category

Keeping Up: Global Digital Citizen Foundation

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

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


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.

Alexa in the Classroom

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Sometimes, I get the opportunity to help undergraduates examine topics in greater depth by guiding them through a research project. I have found our undergraduates in Teacher Education to be particularly slammed for time, but occasionally a project is just so much fun that we manage to work on it.

This year, I have been working with student Zachary Wilson as we figure out how teachers are using voice-activated assistants in their classrooms. You might know the Amazon Echo better as Alexa and that is what the students in Ms. Bell’s third-grade class call her. When they talk about her, they refer to Alexa as “Miss A.” so as not to confuse her. They know she is always listening.

The following video is just a taste of how these voice assistants are being used in two classrooms in Saline Area Schools. Over the summer, Zachary and I hope to develop an interview protocol and put our survey in the field.

I love the Woo Hoo, Technology dance at the end.

LTEC has been temporarily shelved but we are still optimistically taking names of those interested in our online Masters. Complete this form if you are interested and we’ll be in touch.

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.
Complete this form if you are interested and we’ll be in touch.

National Ed Tech Plan 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This is the introduction to the latest version of the NETP:

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

You may download a copy and have a pleasant read. It is packed with great examples and is a very readable document. You WILL be hearing more about it.