May 2011 Blog Posts (45)

Hello to fellow RDED 535 students.  Let's have a fun summer! Jim

Hello to fellow RDED 535 students.  Let's have a fun summer!



Added by Dr. James M. Dennis on May 31, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Instructional Designer James Hill Discusses the Ups and Downs of Technology (Interview)

Experienced Instructional Designer provides insights into getting the most from today’s (and tomorrow’s) instructional technologies.


In his role as Instructional Designer at The Home Depot Inc, James Hill designed and developed training programs and performance improvement tools for front-line sales employees. He has also designed learning for the transportation industry and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 31, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Do we blame dentists for tooth decay?

I’ve been reading a lot of assignments of late to do with literacy generally and the “literacy wars” in particular.   Perhaps predictably the students fall comfortably into the “phonics” or “whole language” camps – few have made the accurate observation that both approaches co-exist in the classrooms of effective teachers.   Some have stretched a little further to include…


Added by nevbar1 on May 31, 2011 at 1:26am — No Comments

Teaching in the Digital Age

I'm caught between a Digital native and immigrant. I came of age during the early years of the digital age. I was taught some things using computers mainly e-mail and word processing. A majority of my school work was still paper and pencil work. I learned from the readings and videos that today's learners spend a majority of their time on electronic devices and today's learner will be filling jobs that are not existent today. I agree that, as an educator, it is my responsibility to prepare… Continue

Added by Cara Snyder on May 30, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

Digital Learners

              As I read the article by Prensky, I found it very difficult to decide if I was a Digital native or immigrant.  I grew up on the cusp of the digital age.  I felt like I was always one step behind the digital wave, so if I'm a native it is just barely.  This gives me the advantage over some of my colleagues who still are having trouble turning on their computers much less locating a website and writing a blog.  However, I am leaps and bounds behind my students who teach me…


Added by Melissa McCarty on May 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Classrooms in the Digital Age

I am definitely an immigrant. I am very attracted to technology but I think my use tends to be superficial. I covet the newest stuff, usually adopt during the 2nd generation and bounce around from product to product looking for something that I can’t quite define (can you say, “abstract random” . . .  “nice try”). I like to experiment with my teaching and am constantly looking for effective alternatives to traditional techniques. I keep thinking that there has to be a better…


Added by craigrickley on May 29, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

Classrooms for the Digital Age

I am definitely a digital immigrant.  Ironically, my job is to support 35 teachers who teach digital natives. While I am not afraid of technology, I do have what Marc Prensky would define as a accent.  On example of my accent would be that I send out a monthly newsletter and then print copies for each teacher to review at monthly meetings with teams of teachers.  I would classify two of the teachers I support as digital…


Added by Melanie French on May 28, 2011 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Invitación a videoconferencia: "La Dolarización en El Salvador: Situación actual y Consecuencias de una eventual eliminación".

La Red de graduados de maestría en negocios de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín de Guatemala, radicados en El Salvador -ESEADE-MBA-UFM, invita a sus miembros, empresarios, gerentes, académicos, amigos y otros interesados, a la…

Added by Mario Echeverria on May 27, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

Webinar internacional denominado: "Excel para Contadores y Auditores".

La  Red …

Added by Mario Echeverria on May 27, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Websites for Practice Speaking English

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I recorded my talk at the recent KOTESOL National Conference - Getting Students Speaking: Harnessing the Power of New Technologies.… Continue

Added by ddeubel on May 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

SwipeTapTap Giveaway

I'm a big fan of the use of puzzle apps in the classroom. I think that they can be great for stimulating higher level thinking skills and for encouraging creative thinking. I have a lot that I use on my iPod Touches at school.


One of the latest ones that I have used is SwipeTapTap. It is great for concentration and memory skills. It encourages fast thinking and attention to detail - all good classroom skills!


For a chance to win a copy of SwipeTapTap for your…


Added by Jonathan Wylie on May 26, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Please help yourself to a good read...

The first edition of ISTE SIGVE's Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) is online and available for your reading pleasure. Please visit to read it or pick up on on ISTE Island in Second Life to read within SL. 


It's just beautiful! Thanks to Rosie Vojtek and Bob for their tireless work on it! And we'll see you all in Philadelphia June 26-27 for the SIGVE Virtual…


Added by Scott Merrick on May 26, 2011 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Why use iPads in Education?

Original blog post here


Why use iPads in K12 Education?

To be successful when using technology in education one should focus on learning, engagement, creativity, inquiry-based learning, and differentiated instruction over the technology tools used to amplify learning. I believe that IPad’s and other digital…


Added by Steven David Pearce on May 26, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Misinterpretation of 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills
It means something. But what? For those that haven't had time to explore the phrase's meaning, the… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 26, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments

Teaching the Digital

Our students are digital learners and thinkers. Teachers should realize this and accommodate and update. There are plentiful resources out there so there should be no excuses. You can blog, glog, wiki, Facebook, use an I pad/IPod, ect. After reading the article, it really opened my eyes to how our children are learning. It really is a serious issue in our schools. I think that if we can incorporate technology into our…


Added by Emily Hopkins on May 25, 2011 at 8:48pm — 1 Comment

Digital Age Classrooms

Times have definitely changed in the way teachers teach, and the ways children learn. I found these videos and articles were very interesting. I am not that old, but times have even changed from when I was in school to now, and the way I teach. I thought the language in which we all speak, or the slang that we use was interesting. I found it interesting that often times we cannot understand the students, and they cannot understand our lingo.

When trying to think if I was a digital…


Added by Megan Mulvany on May 25, 2011 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

The American Dream

This was originally posted on The Freshman Transition Network.

Years ago, my good friend and colleague, Ray Moore, attended an AVID conference in San Diego.  He tells me that at the conference he heard the superintendent of San Diego City Schools state the following:


Added by Scott Habeeb on May 24, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Τhe culture of evaluation...

Check the first post I did it to my new blog, concerning the culture of teachers' evaluation. It will be great if you leave your opinion or your experience.

Added by George panagiotakopoulos on May 24, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Teaching in the Digital Age

Although I am definitely a digital immigrant, as I went through school the transition from typewriters to computers was complete.  I can remember when I applied for a summer job that required typing 40 words per minute (which should have been no problem as I was typing nearly 60 in my high school computer class).  The frustration was that when I arrived for the typing test it was given on a typewriter.  Just the feel of the keystrokes and the awkwardness of the machine was enough that I was…


Added by Jan Hutley on May 24, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Education Technology Leadership Spotlight: Celebrating the Work of Salman Khan

Salman Khan is an inspiring education technology leader on a mission.


If your interested in “ed tech”, you’ve probably already heard of him. I first wrote about Salman Khan work in this post in March…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 23, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

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