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Lisa Fisher | January 4, 2013
For the New Year, here’s a little food for thought regarding STEM education transformation and the use of ICT. We all understand that the products and services of the future will depend on engineers, scientists, and technology experts to create them. But how does ICT fit into this increasingly significant role of STEM education?Read more...
Julia Fischer | November 30, 2012
I have been taking and teaching/facilitating online courses since 2000 and working virtually since 2006. So one would think that I would have a handle on making the most of a virtual environment. This past month I participated in a virtual support system/game related to setting and achieving goals. It was an amazing experience with participants from all over the US. Through this virtual collaborative experience I was reminded that the key to virtual success is communication. Communication has come a long way in the past 10 years. The constant contact and interactions with others reminded me of all the tools that are available to support virtual communication. Read more...
Peggy Grant | November 29, 2012
Child development experts have long advocated for early and frequent discussions with children about sex, advice which is rarely acted upon with comfort or ease. In today’s technological environment, parents are now asked to have similarly serious, although probably not as awkward, discussions about their children’s online behavior..
This month the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new study, Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy, that examines the attitudes and practices of parents related to their teens’ behavior online, particularly on social networking sites.
Some of their major findings are—Read more...
Peggy Grant | October 8, 2012
For me, preparing to take a trip is more fun than the actual trip. And it’s a good thing since my trips only last about a week, and I can plan for months! I just returned from a trip to Dublin, Ireland, and I discovered a great way to share my trip through iPhoto without making people listen to me drone on and on about what I saw and did! It’s easy to see how the tool could be used in the classroom to share presentations.
I often travel by myself, and I don’t much like to go out in the evenings. I like to relax by going over my photos, deleting duplicates, sharpening them up, and posting a select few to Facebook for my friends and family. I love using iPhoto but needed a way to get photos onto my iPad so I could play with them. And I did not want to use my iPad as a camera. It’s too big and heavy to carry around, not to mention it would look weird.Read more...
Julia Fischer | September 25, 2012
I finally took the plunge and joined the group of Smartphone users. Of course, I had been using a laptop when many were tied to their desktops. In January we got an ipad which made travelling with technology that much easier until I got my Smartphone. Last week I purchased an iPhone 5 and it has revolutionized my life – not just because it is an iPhone – but because of all its capabilities as a smartphone. Read more...
Peggy Grant | September 15, 2012
Sometimes I’m really shocked by the ideas that people have about teaching, and, sometimes, I’m not surprised at all. The latest idea to not surprise me is mind-reading robot teachers!
Evidently, the problem these robots are designed to solve is that students don’t pay attention to their teachers like they should. Their little minds wander. Robots can detect these wandering minds and perform some kind of cue to get kids to focus on the teacher. Maybe they drop a book or whistle a tune. Anyway, the point is to get these unengaged students to keep their eyes and brains on what the teacher is saying.
So what assumption does this educational practice make about what causes students to learn? Good teachers know how to make students pay attention to what they are saying.Read more...
Lisa Fisher | September 5, 2012
Even though I’ve been out of the classroom for a couple of years now, the fresh smell of new crayons and sharpened pencils always takes me back. There is something special about this time of year… for teachers, Fall is our own New Year’s Eve. Each Fall brings a fresh start. A new year. A chance to become a better, more organized, more impressive version of yourself. And even though I won’t be meticulously printing each student’s name on a cheerful nametag this year, I still get excited for all the promise a new school year brings.Read more...