RSCON 4

Janet Bianchini presented “Visually Inspire Your Students“. The recording to her awesome presentation is here.
Janet has blogged extensively about her presentation here…. Don’t miss the opportunity to read about her inspiring ideas about the power of images, cartoons and many tools she suggests with wonderful examples she and her students have created. Continue reading

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a scaffold of books

In utero, I had my first encounter with my Object of Learning. Sitting in a rocking chair that belonged to her mother before her, my mom would read aloud from her class notes, book propped up on her belly. These first intimate encounters with knowledge are lost to me, except in some dark and primal reaction to the sound of my mother’s voice, rhythmically following the cadence of an unknown author’s thoughts.…

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Misadventures in Connected Learning … But That’s Not All!

Before this second week of #etmooc “Connected Learning” slips by, I wanted to write a post reflecting a bit on the prompt: ”Is it possible for our classrooms to support this kind of (connected) learning? If so, how?

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I definitely think that our classrooms can support connected learning and that technology can make the “how” much easier and more feasible to facilitate that learning.…

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Scaffolding & MOOCs

I came across a great blog by Mark Sample, a literature and new media professor at George Mason University, looking at scaffolding, MOOCs, and MOOC pedagogy.  I thought Dr. Sample’s argument was spot-on about the problems of attaching training wheels to coursework, but had trouble with his association with that as scaffolding, which I look at from Vygotsky or Bandura as an integral part of the student-teacher relationship, and is one of if not the most important function of a teacher.…

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