—Alec Couros (@courosa) December 11, 2012
In following the many lists that came before them, the bloggers at alwaysprepped released a list of habits for highly effective teachers for use of technology in the classroom. Nothing life changing, but worth a read as one enjoys the last days of the new year holidays!
This piece in The Atlantic provides an interesting perspective on MOOCs – one that calls into question the democratization of education through massive online and open classes.
In early January 2013, I will be starting my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on E-Learning and Digital Cultures. The course is run by the University of Edinburgh and offered through Coursera.
As the course gets under way, I’ll begin to multi-purpose this space – continuing my regular posts, while adding content related to #edcmooc. Comments and contributions are most welcome!
Suggestions for content are welcome as always!
Last year, my school began implementation of a 1 to 1 laptop policy with all students, grades 6-12. For the most part, this looks like a positive step forward, giving students and teachers access to technologies and resources in every classroom and at every seat. The initiative, which after a bumpy beginning due to IT related challenges – in and out of school, seems to be firmly established.
In the classrooms I have visited / taught, most students have Mac laptops. Some are using iPads as their primary tool. Wifi access in all parts of the school is provided to all registered computers.
While I fully support the availability of technologies in the classroom to support learning, I have begun to wonder if there is empirical evidence to link use of technology to better learning outcomes. Continue reading
JFK>> Once again, a nice compilation of sites and resources to aid in the classroom from Free Technology for Teachers. I am looking forward to encouraging my classes to write more freely – and often – both on and off topic. This is a great start: 7 Good Sources of Creative Writing Prompts.