Bloggers get writer’s block too

I recently started another online course about how to teach online. This act usually is followed by more blog posts, as I try to make sense of my learning, but so far this hasn’t happened.   The first week stimulated the usual flurry of enthusiasm and creative thought.  Then I crashed—my creativity dried up and I have found it hard to pay attention to the discussions and assignments and to write about my learning journey.  Something happened that made the topic of online learning more than just a theoretical exercise.…

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Top #EdBlogs2013 Posts

2013 was a productive year that saw quite a bit of professional development and new thinking, highlighted by traveling, where I made new colleagues, and attending the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago. In reflecting on this year, +Eric Saibel has inspired colleagues who blog to share their most influential posts of 2013 for the #EdBlogs2013 series he’s collecting, and I’m honored to participate (read his own post here…). Continue reading

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Liquid Networks and the Adjacent Possible

At ISTE this past June, I picked up Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From (reading notes here) …and, after his fantastic keynote address, looked forward to reading it. After just finishing it, the book didn’t disappoint, leaving me with quite a bit to think about on the verge of beginning a new academic year. Continue reading

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Why Not Share?

One of my favourite parts of #etMOOC was our time exploring open learning. @cogdog (Alan Levine) collects stories of open learning and sharing here.  It is a concept I am committed to, and my own personal stories of open sharing are dear to me.…

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Pink’s Drive and Motivation

Thanks to a bit of extra free time over spring break, I finally had some time to read Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, since I’ve been lately thinking about the sometimes tenuous relationship that faculty have with professional development (PD.  The first half of the book focuses on the problems of motivation mainly from the perspective of the the business world, but it has clear applications to other fields, especially teaching (Pink offers suggestions for parents and educators later in the book).  The book is fantastic, and Pink is able to articulate much of what most people know from intuition but don’t put to practice.  I’ll briefly underscore only a few of Pink’s points that I found salient to me:

Pink argues compellingly that now is the time for “motivation 3.0″, which is based on intrinsic nature in humans “to learn, to create, and to better the world” (225), to supplant reward vs. Continue reading

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MOOCluhan: Using McLuhan to understand MOOCs [Guzdial]

MOOCluhan: Using McLuhan to understand MOOCs — from computinged.wordpress.com by Mark Guzdial

Excerpt:

“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.” — Marshall McLuhan

 When I first heard this famous quote from McLuhan, I was insulted.  Surely, McLuhan must not appreciate high-quality education, that he considers it no better than mass-market education!  Now, I have a better appreciation for what that quote is saying, and I realize that what he’s saying is deep and important, and relates to what MOOCs are missing.…

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Interesting… “Defiance: The first video-game television show” [spectrum.ieee.org]

Defiance-FirstVideoGameTVShow-Feb2013

 

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It’s not unusual for a science fiction television show to spin off a video game. What is unusual is linking the show and the game together on an ongoing basis, with plot elements and characters from each crossing over to the other.…

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Like the Energizer Bunny, I just keep going and going(in the flow)

All the posts, the tools and story starters this week have got me thinking  about creativity; in fact in dialoging with Mary Lee Newmann on my last blog, I wrote in a comment, “I needed this lesson (all our discussion about digital story telling) to remind me how important it is to exercise our “creativity muscles”.…

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Rhizomes vs. Games

I finally had the chance to do some catching up in #etmooc and watch David Cormier’s session on rhizomatic learning. Lately I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on gamification and educational games, and it struck me that these are two completely opposing approaches to teaching.…

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Adventures: A Choice #etmooc

I’ve been thinking about this “Choose your own adventure,” and “curating multiple paths to learning” that Ben Wilkoff suggests in his Learning is Change series.  My response is this:

 

Choose A Motivating Environment #etmooc from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo.…

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