In the New Testament Bible, John 18:38, Pilate responds to Jesus’s statement that he should bear witness to the truth with this question, “What is truth?” Two thousand years later, we seem to still be grappling with this question. This past year, 2016, was a year in which “truth” became very nuanced. Oxford Dictionaries selected… Read more What is Truth?
A few days ago, I discussed my upcoming doctoral class on leadership in a wired world. I will also be teaching a Masters of Education course starting next week. EDU 6323 at Northeastern University is entitled Technology as a Medium for Learning. We explore aspects of digital technology through the lens of Michelle Miller’s (2014)… Read more Smart and EdTech
My students in EDU6323 had a blast last week. The focus was on screencasting, and for many, it was the first time they had created and shared a screencast. Based on comments, I suspect it now will not be the last time. Several have already begun incorporating short screencasts into their classrooms or work settings.… Read more The Pedagogy of Screening
Ever developed one of those killer assignments that you know would be dynamite … and then you review the graduate student submissions and wonder – How could they have missed that!?!? Yep! It happened to me this week. It happened ironically during a synthesis assignment on attention, memory and thinking, and it pointed out to… Read more Lesson in Explicitness or Lack Thereof
My wife and I have been on the road this week down in the Richmond VA area. We found a house in Chesterfield, and will be retiring there this spring. Driving back to Boston yesterday, I had smooth jazz playing on Pandora in the car, and one of the songs that played was “Old.Edu (Old… Read more Overcoming Old.Edu
In EDU6323 this week, my students explored social bookmarking. As one student noted in her weekly reflection – “Holy Moly – How Did I Not Know About This?” Her observation matched about 90% of my class…which is interesting given that social bookmarking has been around for nearly a decade. In my mind, this in some… Read more The Social Side of Social Bookmarking
In the third week of EDU 6323, my students explored web searches. I had them read the second chapter of Michelle Miller’s Minds Online, Nicholas Carr’s Is Google Making Us Stupid, Eszter Hargittai and colleagues’ Trust Online, and Clive Thompson’s Why Kids Can’t Search. I also covered advanced search techniques on Google as well as… Read more Deeper Searches
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?
It has been awhile since I blogged…but as I move into retirement from faculty development and spend more time teaching adjunct, my blog offers a place to reflect on my online teaching. I am currently teaching a graduate course for Northeastern University – Technology as a Medium for Learning (EDU6323). I was asked to completely… Read more First Week in EDU6323