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Vicki Davis is a teacher and blogger. With almost 70,000 followers Vicki was named one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers” by Mashable and included in Thomas Friedman’s book, the World is Flat. Vicki’s classroom and blog have won many awards including the ISTE Online Learning Award and more.
Kaum eine Woche vergeht gefühlt ohne eine Meldung aus dem Hause Microsoft in Verbindung mit Office. Heute meldet das Unternehmen aus Redmond, dass man das kostenlose Office 365-Angebot für Lehrer, Schüler und Studenten über die Grenzen der USA hinaus erweitern will. Und Microsoft macht keine...
a new workshop series in March and April! Many of you joined us for the sessions earlier this year and suggested topics you’d like to see covered. We heard you, and we’ve included some of those requests in this new series.
Lesson Planning Series
The first two workshops focus on how VoiceThread can enhance your current classes.Teaching Languages - March 11th at 7:00pm ETFlipping Your Class - March 18th at 7:00pm ET
The second series is in four parts and will cover all the basics of how to use VoiceThread, from just getting started to working in secure Groups to integrating with your learning management system. The first session is open to all VoiceThreaders, and the rest will be for people who have a VoiceThread license.Session 1: Creating a Basic VoiceThread - March 25th at 7:00pm ETSession 2: Using Groups and Secure Sharing - April 1st at 7:00pm ETSession 3: Moderating, Re-ordering, and Copying - April 15th at 7:00pm ETSession 4: VoiceThread and your LMS - April 22nd at 7:00pm ETSession 4 (repeated): VoiceThread and your LMS - April 29th at 1:00pm ET
See a full description of each session at the registration link below.
About the Workshops
These workshops are completely free. Each session is led by George Haines, an Instructional Designer and former educator. George will share his expertise to help you learn how to get the most from VoiceThread. Click here to register and join us for any and all of these sessions.
The decline in teaching cursive handwriting, the rise of the keyboard, and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards that do not require children to know cursive all question its relevance. Passionate advocates claim that cursive is a cultural tradition with cognitive and academic benefits that must be preserved, while some teachers and handwriting experts say the decline of cursive is natural, and it should be allowed to morph into a print/cursive hybrid, or bow out altogether.
Lisa Durff's insight:
"Research suggests a strong connection between handwriting and brain development — not only in the development of fine motor skills, but also in how children learn." - stated in this article - where do you weigh in on this issue?
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc. I started a list – see below. Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of...
"We now have weekly collaboration time to discuss cross-curricular themes and to co-plan at the Inquiry Hub, (more on this in a future post). However, we are struggling with a mismatch between the online courses that we had to work with, the intentions of our program to be based on student generated inquiry, combined with the challenge of blending the curriculum across designated courses, and the restraints on our development time, while providing students personalized programs. So, you can see how these barriers can work together to slow things down.
It’s always easy to pick out the reasons why things aren’t working as well as they should or could, what I’m not seeing are catalysts to help speed things up. So, I’d like to hear from others:"
Via David Truss
Empower students with collaborative writing tools - Vicki Davis
Lisa Durff's insight:
Webinar 2-26 4pmEST/9pmUTC->Empower students with collaborative writing tools: Online Course http://ow.ly/JDmjv @FluencyMC @coolcatteacher
Issue No. 33, Winter 2015Emerging Technologies for Online Learning 2015 ConferenceMERLOT Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire 2014-15California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4ED)American Kineisiology Association and MERLOTUpdate on the MERLOT CommunityGRAPE Camp 2015What's New in MERLOT Technology?Social Networking and MERLOTOpen Education WeekAAEEBL Western ConferenceOnline Learning Consortium Blended Learning Conference and WorkshopInternational Conference on Technology in Higher EducationQuality Matters ConferenceWho Uses MERLOT?
Emerging Technologies for Online Learning 2015 Conference
The Online Learning Consortium/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium will be held on April 22-24 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Dallas, Texas. MERLOT related presentations and presentations by MERLOT leadership abound in the list of offerings at the conference:
Wednesday, April 22 -From Basics to New Features to Where We’re Going: All Within the CommunityBarb Sperling, Sorel ReismanLone Star A2 (210 minutes)8:30 a.m.Textbook Affordability Programs that Work: Ready, Set, G-OERGerry HanleyLone Star C1 (90 minutes)8:30 a.m.Adapting to a Changing World of OEREli Schmueli (MEITAL), Barb Sperling, Sorel ReismanHouston C1 p.m. (50 minutes)Improving Student Success Through Course Redesign and Implementing a Scalable Solution for Enrollment BottlenecksGerry HanleyHouston A2 p.m. (50 minutes)eTeaching Highlights Board: One Online Instructor’s Digital Performance StatisticsCatherine Honig (Psychology Editor)Lone Star Preconvene Discovery Session3 pm (60 minutes)
Thursday, April 23 -FyEE (Free Your Educational Experience: How to Use Technology Well…and Not…with FreshmenSherri Restauri (Psychology Board)Stateroom 39:30 a.m. (50 minutes)Poll It, Skitch It and Chomp It?Robin Blackman (Teacher Education Board)Technology Test Kitchen, Lone Star Preconvene9:40 a.m.MERLOT: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going. What Do You Think?Barb Sperling, Jason Stanton, Sorel ReismanHouston B11:10 a.m. (50 minutes)Improving Accessibility: Guidance, Tools, Resources in an Open CommunityGerry HanleyStateroom 211:10 a.m. (50 minutes)Awards Luncheon - 12 noon, BallroomCreate, Educate, Brainstorm: Conquering the Collaboration ConundrumJane Moore and the Teacher Education BoardHouston C2:30 pm. (50 minutes)Vineyard Apprentices: MERLOT and Teacher Education in the Cal State SystemCris Guenter (Teacher Education Board)Lone Star Preconvene Discovery Session4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)Become a MERLOT Peer Reviewer: Explore, Grow, Be RewardedJane Moore, Cathy Swift, Catherine Honig (Psychology Editor), Angela Gunder (Teacher Education Board), Sherri Restauri (Psychology Board)Lone Star Preconvene Discovery Session4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)FLEXspace: An Open Community and Library of Learning Space Designs and its Quality Assurance StrategiesGerry HanleyLone Star Preconvene Discovery Session4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)Managing Teaching Time in the Online Classroom: Better Instruction, Less StressJean Mandernach (Psychology Board)Lone Star Preconvene Discovery Session4:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
Friday, April 24 -Enhancing Instruction Quality Via Data AnalyticsJean Mandernach (Psychology Board)Lone Star C49:25 a.m. (50 minutes)Visual Literacy for Learning AppsCris Guenter (Teacher Education Board)Technology Test Kitchen, Lone Star Preconvene10:40 a.m.
The Technology Test Kitchen is unique from other program tracks at the #et4online this year. The expectation for "test kitchen" is to create a space at the conference for hands-on, focused, and practical applications of emerging technologies. The Test Kitchen station will feature expert "chefs" who will guide attendees, showcasing applications and tools for innovative, digital education. The Technology Test Kitchen space will be similar to a learning lab, where conference participants will take advantage of the "bring your own device" (BYOD) format.
The deadline for early registration is February 25th. MERLOT Partners and reviewers can obtain the MERLOT Partner registration code by contacting your project director, editor or Jane Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org). Virtual attendance is also a possibility if you are unable to travel.
Check out registration options at:http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/conference/2015/et4online/registration
[top]MERLOT Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire 2014-2015
Eleven MERLOT reviewers have earned their registration to the ET4OL conference by completing a minimum of 15 reviews since April 1, 2014. Reviewers receive recognition at the MERLOT Leadership meeting and at the Awards Luncheon, both on April 23 at the Dallas Conference. Congratulations to: Marty Zahn (Biology), Cathy Swift (Business), Renee Aitken (Faculty Development), Jeanne Sewell (Health Sciences), Art Finkle (History), Victoria Packard (Library), Sergey Belyi and Larry Green (Mathematics), Catherine Honig (Psychology), Jane Moore and Bruce Bennett (Teacher Education). The deadline for completion is March 31st, so there are more Peer Reviewers Extraordinaire to come!
[top]California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4ED):
Leveraging MERLOT’s Services to Make Higher Education More Affordable
On January 1, 2013, California legislation was enacted which directed the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), the University of California (UC), and the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates (ICAS) to establish the California Open Education Resource Council through Senate Bill (SB) 1052 and directed the CSU to establish the California Digital Open Source Library (CDOSL) through SB 1053. The bills established the goal of making higher education in California more affordable by providing faculty and students access to free and lower-cost instructional materials.
In the two years since the legislation was enacted, the California State University, Office of the Chancellor was awarded grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which provided the private funds to release the state matching funds for this project. The California Open Education Resources Council (CA OER Council) was established and consists of three faculty representatives from each of the three California higher segments (CCCs, CSUs and UCs). The near-term responsibilities of the CA OER Council include:Selecting up to 50 lower division courses in the public postsecondary segments to target for the development and acquisition of digital, open source textbooks and materials.Creating and administering a standardized, rigorous review and approval process for open source textbooks and related materials.Promoting strategies for production, access, and use of open source materials.Regularly soliciting and considering input from each segment's respective statewide student associations.
The CSU, the leader and administrator of MERLOT, has created the California Open Online Library for Education (www.cool4ed.org) which is built uponMERLOT’s extensive collection of over 3,500 free and open etextbooksand other open educational services. The COOL4Ed website showcases:Faculty adoption of free and open etextbooks with ePortfolios created with MERLOT Content Builder. Common courses across the 3 California systems with recommended free and open etextbooks created with the use of MERLOT’s Course ePortfolio tool.Faculty reviews of the qualities of the free and open textbooks that are posted within MERLOT’s “Rate this Material” tool
COOL4ed is open to everyone anytime so feel free to use these tools and resources to make higher education more affordable for your students.American Kinesiology Association and MERLOT
The multidisciplinary nature of kinesiology provides a range of challenges and opportunities for faculty teaching kinesiology to put educational innovations into practices. Many types of technologies can empower both faculty and students to use multimedia delivered reliably,
Join Milliken Award (2007) winner Sherry Crofut in a rousing discussion on
personalizing student learning in the era of test score madness, tight budgets, and education technology transformation.Some of the question we will be discussing:What does personalized learning mean? What are the benefits; and what are the risks and disadvantages?Does personalized learning mean more work for teachers?What are some quick techniques teachers are using to hone their practices?
We are excited to announce Vicki Davis (FB, @coolcatteacher) will be joining us as a keynote speaker for UCET 2015 (#ucet15), held April 2 and 3 at Herriman High School (@OfficialMustang).
“Vicki Davis will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose. If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award, pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.”
“Vicki’s two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.”
“Vicki hosts the popular Internet radio show of best practices for busy teachers “Every Classroom Matters” on the BAM Radio network. She has shared her exciting story at more than 30 conference keynotes around the world and through webinars. The Ignite Show named Vicki a “thought leader in residence.” Her articles appear in Edutopia, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and more.”
“Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. She lives in Camilla, Georgia, teaches full time at Westwood Schools and is a wife and mother of three.” – http://www.coolcatteacher.com/bio