MOOCs: A report from faculty on their experience as students in MOOCs
Adan QuanDepartment of Anthropology, MSUPosted on: January 11, 2013
MOOCs: A report from faculty on their experience as stud...
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This week, the GE Foundation released a solutions-driven white paper, titled "The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students," that outlines strategic steps needed to help low-income students succeed in college and career.
Via Kim Flintoff
Today’s high school students interact with their guidance counselors an average of 38 minutes per year. Even more troubling are the profound gaps between rich and poor students’ access to mentors in general: according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, nearly two thirds of affluent children have some mentoring beyond their extended family, whereas nearly two thirds of low-income children do not. In order to ensure that all students know how to navigate both their high school careers and the sea of post-secondary options available, schools need to focus on filling these gaps.
Politics isn’t only about who gets elected, or the day to day “action” on Capitol Hill, it’s a negotiation of power in any relationship – who has it, who can use it, and over how many other people. The Maker Movement is about sharing ideas and access to solutions with the world, not for money or power, but to make the world a better place. It’s about trusting other people, many times people you don’t know, to use these ideas for good.
Flipping the classroom is about minimizing the amount of time we are spending on content delivery in the classroom so we can maximize time spent on challenging students to be active, while they collaborate and create. Video lectures are more effective for delivering content to students and can be 60-80% shorter than live lectures. So, if we are using video lectures, what should we do with all that extra class time? Challenge students to…
"Whether you’re practicing flipped or blended learning in your classroom, set the occasional video assignment, or have just observed that your students are part of the Netflix generation, you’ve likely seen what a powerful tool video can be for teaching and learning. And, while there’s certainly a wealth of great educational content available online, sometimes you — and your students — will want to create your own.
"Terrific news: It’s never been easier to create great video content! We know that quality matters; viewers rarely find shaky, inaudible and poorly lit video terribly engaging. But, an understanding of commonly available software, tools and basic production techniques is all you (and your students) need to create great quality video content. Best of all, you probably have most of the tools you need sitting on your desk right now. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce educational and instructional videos using your PC and webcam. Why create your own video content?"
02 What you need to get started
03 Webcam and screen recording software
04 Upgrading your microphone
05 Upgrading your camera
05 Recording video on a smartphone or tablet
06 Planning your video
07 Recording crystal–clear sound
08 Getting the most out of your webcam
10 Adding titles
10 Adjusting volume levels 1
10 Removing background noise and fine–tuning your voiceover
11 Adding closed captions for accessibility
Jim Lerman's insight:
Free with registration.
Very comprehensive, especially for such a short and user-friendly document.
While we’ve seen how much of an impact 3D printing has had in the medical industry for its ability to create prosthetic devices or even surgical parts, it appears as though we are already moving into a phase where creating 3D printed bionic prosthetics and other medical assistance aids might become the new normal - thanks to a handful of inspired makers who have been deciphering how to include low-cost tech into the already low-cost 3D printed devices.
A few years ago a UT-Austin undergraduate student sat in my office and told me that she was joining Teach For America (TFA) and was going to teach in KIPP school. The essence of TFA’s pitch to her?
Also, how can you not fall in love with Teach For America when discussing their beliefs with their very intelligent and loquacious staff and lobbyist (Factoid: Did you know TFA has embedded paid ed policy staffers in the U.S. congress?).
A few weeks ago, after I spoke on a panel at the The National Hispanic Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL) conference in Orlando, I had a conversation with a Nevada State Senator about TFA and he told me:
"You should visit the TFA classrooms. You will be really impressed."
Check out this Dog and Pony show featuring Spanky the Miniature Horse and Dally the Parson Russell Terrier.
Back to that student that was in my office two years ago asking about TFA and KIPP. I’ll be honest, I advised her against it. But I asked her to keep in touch because I was very interested in hearing about her experience teaching for TFA and KIPP. Well, she was back in touch last week— midway through her second year. (It is anonymous to avoid retribution from you know who). Without further ado…
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc