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Archive for March, 2010

Carnegie Mellon: Resource on Effective Course Design and Implementation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I just read about Carnegie Mellon University’s resource on designing and teaching effective courses and I thought that good teaching principles apply to online teaching even more than they are applicable to regular course teaching. So should you design and high-tech or a low-tech course, these principles are worth to be taken into account.

Ray Schroeder on Education Technology

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

At a recent educational technology conference I happen to meet Dr. Ray Schroeder – Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He has a very interesting web site and a few very interesting blogs relevant to all of us who keep thinking of the impact modern technology has on teaching and learning. So […]

Will Technology Alter Our Senses or How We Use/Rely On Them?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I just read a comment by one of my students regarding how technology alters learning and our lives. She wrote: “The “seeing” part is so important. It is similar to holding a book and reading a text online. The process is part of the experience. As we advance in technology, does that mean we lose […]

PBS Innovation Awards Gallery

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I just found out about this web site: PBS Innovation Awards Gallery. I found it due to a post by a physics teacher about innovative data collection activities with SmartBoards, yet, there is much more there. I think it will be of interest to any SMET teacher interested in innovative use of technology.

Clash of Civilizations: BC Museum of Anthropology

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Today was a rainy Sunday. It actually started OK but towards the afternoon it began to rain. Nevertheless, I decided to take a walk as my pedometer was unforgiving and I felt that I owe a nice walk to myself independent of the weather. So I left home and headed towards the Museum of Anthropology. […]

Ethical Use of Modern Technologies

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Today, as I was reading blogs of my students in the ETEC533 course, I noticed a recurring issue: schools ban the use of different technologies, various social web sites, etc. For example, as one of my students mentioned, his school doesn’t allow the students to use i-phones, i-pods, FB, etc. I keep thinking about it. […]

Beyond SMET – the Impact of Technology

Friday, March 26th, 2010

In a few weeks I will need to take a Canadian Citizenship Test. It is very exciting and I have been waiting for this for a long time. However here, I would like to make a comment about how technology changed how I am preparing for it. The Canadian government sent us a few booklets […]

Smart Board and Smart Response System

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

SmartBoard has also an Electronic Response System component (a set of clickers called a Smart Response System). I have seen videos showing how the clickers can be integrated with the SmartBoard and it looks very impressive. Click here to take a look.

The Future of Publishing

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I happen to stumble on this clip. I think it is worth watching. You agree with it or not, but it will make you think of what is the future of books, textbooks, learning, classrooms… Just take a few minutes and watch it. We are living through very interesting moment in the period of books […]

Online Science Educatrion Resources: Why so few teachers use them?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

As I am reading the posts of my students in the Educational Technology Course, I realize that every day I am exposed to at least 5 new web sites that offer amazing science education resources. Yet, not all of these resources are created equal and considering that we all work and teach, we have relatively […]

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