Darren Draper had an interesting and thought provoking post Monday, which is no surprise from Darren. In “No Teacher Left Behind?,” Darren began by noting that he believed the positive message David Truss had posted in “Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood?“, but then asked if: In spending so much time to create (shallow?)… Read more No Teacher Left Behind
One way to boost readership is to assign your own blog as a reading for your grad students! All kidding aside, I blogged last week about two speakers at the ECVA Conference. In “How Much Hand Holding?“, I discussed what Michael Wesch had said about the new literacies required for teaching in the 21st Century,… Read more Grad Students Reflection on My Blog Post
I am not a Twitter rock star. I follow 140 people who I truly believe help me grow, and I have as of this morning 163 following me. I have found Twitter to be a powerful part of my PLN. I continually learn from my network as they post interesting comments, ideas, and links. It… Read more Brilliant or Stealing?
On Friday, I attended the ECVA Conference at Virginia Tech along with Jeff Nugent and Bud Deihl. Two delightful companions with whom to do a road trip – we left Richmond at 5:30am and got back at supper time. At the conference, we had the opportunity to hear two excellent keynoters. Michael Wesch talked first… Read more How Much Hand Holding?
It has been seven years since I saw a Yahoo news feed that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, and then watched with my wife in horror as the events of 9/11/2001 unfolded. In those days, I was night dean and director of online learning at Gwinnett Technical College, so I worked 2pm-10pm… Read more Our Family’s 9/11 Memorial
I know this is not really true, but all kids grow up thinking that their father taught them to swim by throwing them into the pool/lake/river/bay. And most of us did learn to swim! I was thinking about this as I watched (in a virtual sense) my graduate students swim for the first time in… Read more Using My Father’s Method
One has to love some of the innovations coming out of Australia. Thanks to CogDog, I tried out the “Lazy Bloggers Post Generator“. Using the drop down boxes, I quickly crafted the following post: OMG! I just got slapped with a wet salmon – really – I have not updated this since people stopped clapping… Read more Slapping with a Wet Salmon
It has been interesting (to say the least) to juxtapose the two political conventions with the start of classes. I must admit that my mind draws some strange parallels sometimes, but I am seeing some interesting parallels between the candidates and my students. I should begin by admitting that while I consider myself an independent,… Read more My One Political Post (Maybe…)