I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
I was recently asked by a colleague about how I help my teachers decide what (if any) type of blog is for them. Below is my process. It may be helpful. You may react to it with hives and distain. Either way, take the following with a Tylenol and a grain of salt: I usually start my conversation with the teacher by asking what they want to accomplish with the blog. How do they want to use it as a tool in their classroom. This gives some immediate insight into the format they will need. Then, I give them my brief tour of how a blog can be used: An information center (like Blackboard or another content management system) A teacher-centered blog (where the teacher guides the conversation and students respond in the comments) A student-centered blog (where the students guide the conversation and respond) A collaborative project (where students build the content together) Once I determine the format, I begin to ask questions that help me figure out how the blog needs to be modified (usually with plugins): Will it be used for discussion? How do you plan to manage the discussion? How many classes will be accessing the blog? Some points I make to the teacher to help them make the decision: Teacher-centered blog: You can intentionally guide […]
Become a vigilante superhero in this interactive tale about wealth inequality / Offworld “. In Cape, an interactive fiction story created by Bruno Dias for the ongoing Interactive Fiction Competition, you become one of those shadowy figures trying right wrongs in a crime-ridden city. But since wealth inequality lies at the heart of all the problems you encounter, well… let’s just say that it’s an uphill battle. “ tags: weekly videogame if interactivefiction fiction game UCalgary ePortfolio platform | D’Arcy Norman dot net D’Arcy on WP portfolio conversations tags: eportfolio portfolio weekly Thomas Sankara – Wikiquote “I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.” tags: quote madness future caution weekly Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work – The Chronicle of Higher Education “A new grant program, announced on Thursday, takes aim […]
This picture has been default online photograph on a number of services for a while now. Recently a number of people have asked about it. It’s a mugshot from 1920’s Australia. I saw it a good while back. I can’t recall where but there’s something in the futile defiance that has remained interesting to me. There is a pretty decent way to see the reality of the world of online education by searching Twitter. There will be cursing, plenty of cursing. The Internet of things is well on it’s way to reality. Hello NewThermostat. Targeted ads end up doing odd things when you mostly go to Amazon as a result of Boing Boing articles rather than to shop. Someone somewhere was paid to write this ad copy. English teachers everywhere ought to post it on their walls. The VADOE is full of malware. You have been warned.