for English Teachers
The professional association for English teachers is theNational Council for the Teachers of English . You can join the organization electronically at their web site. From this site you can order NCTE books and publications, find resources, and join any one of several list serves for English teachers, such as NCTE-Net.
The professional organization for English and Foreign Language professors is the Modern Language Association. Their page has information about conventions, publications, jobs, and how to use the MLA style conventions.
The International Reading Association has resources for teachers of reading.
The National Writing Project, one of the most important iniatives for the professional development of English teachers.
Teachers interested in theater or drama will like the Educational Theater Association.
Teachers with responsibility for yearbooks may find help atSteve Ferguson's Yearbook Advisor website. Very exciting possibilities are now available for publishing yearbooks on CD ROM's, check out the Yearbook Interactive software.
If you are concerned about censorship check out the American Library Association, the NCTE on censorship, or check out Ellen Brinkley's new book Caught Off Guard: Teachers Rethinking the Censorship Controversy available at the Allyn and Bacon website.
Leading research in the teaching of English language arts is done at the National Research Center on English Language and Achievement, CELA, and many of their reports are available on line.
Rethinking Schools: one of my favorite teacher publication and organization. You can access useful articles from a progressive educational perspective.
Gay/Lesbian/Straight Teacher Network, GLSEN, national web site. Phone numbers for local chapters are listed (Kalamazoo included).
Teaching Tolerance, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
National Education Association has a rich web page for teachers.
The National Middle School Association is a group for middle school and aspiring middle school teachers.
Thought-provoking article, “Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Education?”, by Michael R. Olneck on badges possible effects credentailization in higher education.
This is a 10-page PDF file.
Tag line: "The future belongs to the curious."
Education startup Skillshare‘s first ever conference held in New York City last week.
Access the nine speeches delivered at Penny Conference 2012 by visiting the Skillshare Livestream site to view previous recordings of the event.
This article ,by Rebekah Shultz Colby and Richard Colby, considers game and playspace within the college classroom and uses World of Warcarft as a case study of how emergent gaming can combine with rhetorical instruction.
The Social Learning blog has an interesting entry on instructional system design (ISD) and its outdated and false assumptions about pedagogy.
In its place: Accelerated Learning Rapid Instructional Design (RID) model, which is based on the "concept that people learn more from experience with feedback than from training materials and presentations. The model replaces traditional media-heavy courses with activity-based courses that put the learners in charge of their own learning and enable them to learn with and from each other."
Especially interesting is that all learning styles are accommodated, not just visual and verbal:
- Somatic learning (learning by moving and doing)
- Auditory (learning by talking and hearing)
- Visual (learning by observing and picturing)
- Intellectual (learning by problem solving and reflecting). Source: Social Learning blog, 10.06.11
Which Competencies Do College Graduates Lack? (The lack of parallel structure here is not my doing!)
- Flexibility & adaptability
- Strong work ethic
See also Cisco's Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century.
Helping learners to develop critical thinking intuitions would help them gain the practical insights necessary for a quick and ready application of concepts to cases in a large array of circumstances. Critical thinking principles should be intuitive to learners in the sense those principles should be ready and available in their minds for immediate translation into their everyday thought and experience.
This thinking model is the creation of Peter Pappas and appears in his blog / Web site Copy Paste
Designing for E-Learning
The author of this article is Mark Nichols, E-learning Specialist .Bible College of New Zealand.
Read the introduction:
Faculty are often too busy to seriously consider learning design. Rather than embracing its open-endedness and seeing the almost limitless potential for customising it to their own educational purposes, we often hear comments such as ‘Just show me how it looks and I’ll get on with it’, or ‘Do you have a sample that I could look at and use as a template?’ (There is a clear parallel with ‘Just give me what’s in the exam’!) It is all too easy to provide examples and templates, and so give the impression that instructional design for e-learning is simply about filling in blanks and copying exemplars. But instructional design and e-learning have too much potential and variety to even consider a Model-T Ford approach to development. Faculty also tend to think of writing courses rather than creating learning experiences. This e-primer aims to help you, as faculty, to think creatively about how to match what you would like students to learn with an enlightening learning experience.
This e-primer provides a framework for deciding how you might apply instructional design and e-learning to any given educational context. The framework is relevant to all educational contexts, but the discussion assumes a tertiary education context in humanities, and a distance education or hybrid delivery model. I do not consider Web 2.0 technologies and techniques in depth here (for that discussion, see E-Primer 5, Extending Possibilities).
I acquired this resource from Instructional Technology Forum,1 March 2008.
This is a 34-page PDF file.
Creating Learning Materials for Open and Distance Learning
This valuable resource, an introduction to instructional design,isavailable online for free.
I acquired this resource from Mark Nichols's article Designing for E-Learning.
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
This report from the United States Department of Education concludes ““On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”
This is a 93-page report.
Blown Up: More Inflatable Military Stuff
This comes from the blog Strange Harvest, Architecture, Design, Art and More, 01.01.08.
How to Be a Leader in Your Field
Advice from Phil Agre, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. 10.07.05.
The New Literacy: Programming
This article comes from Edutopia Magazine, February 2008. The author is Marc Prensky.
12 Screencasting Tools for Creating Video Tutorials
This resource comes from the Web site Mashable, 02.21.08, by Sean P. Aune.
Online Sign Generator
Useful, and fun to play with.
99 Resources to Research and Mine the Invisible Web
Here are just a few:
Agrisurf: If you're searching for information related to agriculture and farming, check out this engine.
IncyWincy: This search engine canvasses the deep web.
Direct Search: Direct Search covers the invisible web, offering results in books, government, and much more.
SurfWax: The SurfWax search engine taps into the deep web and offers search tools for feeds, news, blogs, and more.
ZoomInfo: Get information about corporations and job searchers here.
Internet Archive: Here you'll be able to find movies, music, text, and more, even including sites and pages that no longer exist.
TenKWizard: This business search engine covers Forbes, specific industries, and exchanges.
ZabaSearch: This search engine serves up public records like phone numbers and addresses.
This resource is from the Web site CollegeDegree.com . Published 02.13.08 by Jessica Hupp.
Rapid E-Learning Blog
This blog is the creation of Tom Kuhlmann, who shares tricks and tips about E-learning.
BONUS: If you subscribe to this blog, you get a free 46-page book, The Insider's Guide to Beoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro.
Student as Scholar Blog
The "Student As Scholar" blog was formally created on July 25 2008. The Blog
is devoted to documenting relevant literature that supports the view that :
"Undergraduate education should adopt the ³Student as Scholar² Model
throughout the curriculum, where scholar is conceived in terms of an
attitude, an intellectual posture, and a frame of mind derived from the best
traditions of an engaged liberal arts education. With this framework, not
only each research project, but also each course, is viewed as an
integrated, and integrating, part of the student experience."
From "Convocation to Capstone: Developing the Student as Scholar"David
Hodge, Kira Pasquesi, Marissa Hirsh / Miami University ; Paul LePore /
This resource acquired from DEOS-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU ,07.26.08.
CISCO's Educational Games for Work Place Training
I experimented with the games to get some ideas for my own educational gaming designs.
Free! You will see a prompt asking you for provide a name for playing the games.
Until next time!
Google has launched Presentation, a tool for making presentations, much like Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote. Google Presentation is part of Google Docs, a suite of tools that was previously called Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
Try it!Presentation (Google Apps)
Grockit is a venture corporation , located in San Francisco, working on the development of massive multiplayer online learning applications.
Grockit is a play on the word grok, which means "to understand something so well it becomes part of you."
This page appears on the Web site Tech Crunch 07.24.07.