Back in 2014, I did a 30-day blog challenge with Enoch Hale that was pretty intense…but barrels of fun! Five days a week for 6 weeks, Enoch and I posted around the prompt: “I want to pose an open challenge: Post an out-of-the-box question about teaching and learning each day for 30 days.” While fun,… Read more A Reasonable Challenge
Last year, I was asked to develop a new course for a new Certificate in Catholic School Leadership. My course is the middle course in a three-course program, and the pilot group started my course this week. Given that the course focuses on technology, communication, and school improvement, I decided to have my students blog… Read more New Class New Perspectives
Jeff Nugent, now Director of Learning and Applied Innovation at Colgate University, used to talk to Bud Deihl and I over coffee about synchronicity, noting that themes…particularly on the web…seemed to surface at the same time. The one for me this week was “little b blogging.” Cogdog started it off for me, noting that “…after… Read more A Little b Blogger
This past week in EDU6323, we explored blogging as an educational process. My students shared their favorite blogs from Teach 100 and reflected on the fit of blogging in this hyperactive Snapchat world. For many, they had previously seen blogs as entertaining, but had not considered them as educational. Some were impressed that niche concerns… Read more The Next Ten Years
During the second week of EDU 6323 – Technology as a Medium for Learning, I had my graduate students examine blogging for learning. In addition to starting Michelle Miller’s Minds Online, they read Stephen Downes’ Educational Blogging, Henry Jenkins‘ Why Academics Should Blog, Steve Wheeler’s Seven Reasons Teachers Should Blog, Sue Waters‘ Top 10 Ways… Read more Should Students Blog?
Enoch Hale has captured all the questions he, I and others asked during the 30-Day Challenge. See his post at “Day 30!!! – Thinking Directions.” I previously linked to his first 15 days worth..here is his second 15 days..all worth reading: Day 16: What if I taught like I drink beer? Day 17: Why don’t we… Read more The 30-Day Challenge Recap
This spring, I am fortunate to be once again co-teaching GRAD-602 with Jeffrey Nugent. We are joined this year by our CTE Graduate Fellow, Laura Gogia. As we have done in the past, we will have our GRAD-602 students reflecting on the class using individual blogs. Jeff, Laura and I sat down Friday morning to… Read more A Conversation about Blogging
We have moved into our third week in the University of Edinburgh’s Coursera MOOC – E-Learning and Digital Cultures and have shifted from examining utopias and dystopias to an examination of what it means to be “human” in a digital age. This is a timely examination for me, as it gave me a new… Read more EDCMOOC Week 3 and Being Human
This spring, I am co-teaching a graduate course in the VCU Preparing Future Faculty Program called Teaching, Learning and Technology with my colleague Jeff Nugent. One of the requirements of the course is for our 24 doctoral students and post-docs to keep a learning journal via a personal blog. We have aggregated their posts onto… Read more A New Crop of Bloggers
The Fall semester wrapped up mid-December with my departure for two weeks to visit family in New England, so I never really had the opportunity to reflect on my first use of blogging as a mode for instruction and class communication. Three grandkids have a way of prioritizing your time! Now that I have returned… Read more Is Networked Learning Doomed in Virginia K-12?