DT in the Latin Classroom

Now that I’ve working more with design thinking and have learned how powerful of a mindset it can be for creativity and innovation, I’ve been trying to infuse it into my Latin classrooms. It’s not always easy to move through the entire design thinking process in a Latin course, but I believe it can be done—and done well—in at least a few ways.… Continue reading

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MOOCs "Not a Course. It’s a Collaboration"

Terry Elliot, one of the participants in the Making Learning Connected MOOC #CLMOOC that started a couple of weeks ago posted an article… today showing some of the people he’s connected with, including me. In the article he included a line saying “This is not a course, it is a collaboration.”

I’ve written articles about MOOCs and their potential for supporting the on-going learning of groups of people trying to solve complex problems, like inner city poverty and related issues. Continue reading

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Mapping Chicago Violence. Engaging Community.

Today’s Chicago Tribune devoted the front page and two full inside pages on a story showing the impact of shootings in Chicago. Included was an interactive map at http://chicagotribune.com/shootings… that you can click on to understand the number of people shot in Chicago in the first six months of 2013 – 1,043. Continue reading

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Maps

Maps! I have a lot of maps in my car, stuck into the pockets of the door. Maps of states and provinces, maps of attractions, museums, historic sites, maps of army bases. Some of the maps are in map books, some on the large sheets of paper that you try to fold back into the proper shape after using but never quite succeed.… Continue reading

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Chicago, Global Network Building

I’ve been participating in the Making Learning Connected… MOOC this week (#CLMOOC)and the topic has been mapping. As a result of a suggestion I made over the past weekend a Google map has been launched that participants can add their name to. Continue reading

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Google Earth/Maps Latin Project

Thanks to inspiration from the Power Searching with Google course, I developed a digital Classical scavenger hunt… for our last JCL club meeting of the year that takes advantage of Google’s search-by-image feature. The experiment went well, and I’m looking forward to integrating the the use of images and Google Forms into my Latin classes next year. Continue reading

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Mapping a Network

Recently, I asked all of you a question, “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?

Immediately after the first response came in, I realized that I would need some way to aggregate all of the answers.…

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Final notes from 1/24-25 National Mentoring Summit

I received an email from MENTOR today announcing that photos, videos and workshop presentations are now available at this link.

I’ve been working on a final recap expressing some of my observations. I wrote here and here… showing some of the people I met and comments I heard. Continue reading

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Expanding, Sustaining Funding – New Thinking Needed

I’ve been part of an Education Technology MOOC (#ETMOOC) this week where more than 1000 people from around the world are connecting on-line and sharing ideas about uses of technology in education, learning, media and network building.

I’ve been trying for the past 20 years to build this type of learning community, connecting all of those who are concerned with the gap between rich and poor in America, the education system, workforce diversity, social justice, violence, public health, and a number of other reasons to be involved. Continue reading

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Turn words into actions to help reduce drop out rate

On Wednesday I posted my first summary of the National Dropout Prevention Conference in this article.

Here are some quotes from people I heard.

“Shame of American Education is the drop-out problem.” Dr. Daniel Domenech

“1600 high schools in America responsible for majority of droputs in US.” (see this info on Locating the Dropout Crisis…)Dr. Continue reading

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