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Twitter in your Teaching

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Is it just me or are you seeing the word ‘Twitter’ almost everywhere these days? live in a semi-rural community and last weekend I was leafing through my local free community newspaper and I stumbled across a quarter-page announcement saying that I can now receive updates via their Twitter-feed. So if it’s everywhere you have to ask yourself, how can you use Twitter for Teaching?

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From World of Warcraft to Second Life – Teaching Science with Immersion and Excursion

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I recently attended the SLOAN-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning in San Francisco. It was an intense conference with many fantastic talks. One particularly interesting talk was done by Mary Anne Clark , a Professor of Biology at Wesleyan University in Texas. Mary Anne’s husband would constantly try to convince her to play WoW with her.

Free Academic Videos for Everyone

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It's new and it is in a 'beta' state; however, Academic Earth is something to keep your eyes on. Currently, it offers thousands of post-secondary lectures from authorative sources - all free. The creators of this repository have worked hard to integrate features into it that make it extra useful. Nice!). Each lecture is rated by registered users of the website (registration is free!).

Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Are educators lagging behind?

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This fantastic blog post and associated YouTube video embeded below really made me think about how marketers and business people view the fundamental shift in how the Internet is being used. The read/write web of Web 2.0 and the social media phenomenon sweeping our culture is fundamentally transforming how people use the Internet. What are educators doing? If not, are we lagging behind?

Make your own cartoons online

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Ever wanted to be a cartoonist, but can't draw? Welcome to my world. Anyway, I came across ToonDoo.com today and this website is letting me live my dream (free of charge!). I can now easy make cartoons by simply dragging and dropping backgrounds, characters, and props, etc. Try it. You'll like it. Here's a sample 3 panel cartoon that I made - it took me about 10 mins. Not bad for a 1st time.

Are you a Tech-Savvy Teacher?

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In November 2009, Staff at Rasmussen College in the United States have compiled what they believe are the Top 100 Apps (50 for the Web and 50 for the iPhone) for Tech-Savvy Teachers. Have you ever been asked if you are a tech-savvy teacher? Probably not. Have you ever wondered to yourself if you are a tech-savvy teacher? After looking it over, I must say it is a pretty good list. Facebook.

Free PD - Focus on your Foundation

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As an instructional designer I routinely receive questions around common themes: course design, teamwork vs individual work, assessments, rubrics, best practices in conducting discussion groups, team-based learning, etc. So I am always on the look out for free resources that can be good references when helping instructors in their practice of teaching. There is no need to register whatsoever.

Mobile Technology: Bigger than the Internet and the PC combined

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It's an evolution - not a revolution." - Elliot Soloway, 2009 Watch the video and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. Mobile technology is going to change your life and the change has not really begun yet. That's the take home message from Elliot Soloway (Professor, Univ. of Michigan) and Cathie Norris (Professor, North Texas Univ.).

Converting Classroom Courses to Online Courses - Ask an Instructional Designer

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I recently answered an email question from a reader named Barb that might interest other readers as well: Question: Hi Eric, I ran into your site through the Internet and would like some advice on the following. I am a trainer and am currently working with a couple of other trainers on converting our Instructor led courses into online self paced courses using Captivate. Perhaps in MS-Word format.

Technology Training Videos for Teachers

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Let’s face it, whether you are a teacher, instructional designer, teaching assistant or multimedia developer, the shear amount of new tools being released on the Internet makes it difficult to stay up to date with what’s new and what can apply best to your specific discipline. He runs a great site called teachertrainingvideos.com.

Text messaging in your teaching

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The Site 2009 conference in Charleston South Carolina was a real awakening for me. Note: Please welcome this guest post by Scott Morrison – Instructional Designer at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. During this session I saw several themes emerge and was presented with some very practical information. During a round table discussion Kevin Thomas, Ph.D.,

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Fantastic File Converter

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Via www.smashingapps.com , please welcome CometDocs - Free Online File Converter. It’s a god-send because it accomplishes three major goals: It’s a fantastic file conversion utility that has over 50 conversion options. Popular options such as converting from PDF to MS-Word, PDF to Excel, and html to PDF are just some examples. It’s free and it’s online. It works. know because I tried it.

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Solve problems with screencasting

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Screencasting can be useful in distance education. Recently, I met with colleagues who are designing a distance course in physics. In this particular course, the emphasis is on mathematical problem solving. When they deliver the course in class, they spent the first 15-20 minutes of each lecture thoroughly going over solutions from previously assigned homework problems. Create a storyboard.

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Do wikis work for any topic? How about math?

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Sabah Karam from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, recently wrote to me asking: “I have been doing research on how wikis can be used to teach students how to do mathematical proofs…. would like to know if you have any thoughts on if you think we this is a realistic effort and, so, how we can achieve this goal.” Great question! personally believe that a wiki can succeed on any topic.

Web 2.0 can knock your socks off!

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I participated in a great online talk yesterday by James Falkofske, Director of Online Learning, St. Cloud Technical College ( here's a link to James' blog ). His talk was titled: Easy Steps for Expanding Desire2Learn with Web 2.0 Tools. In general, I love talks like this. There is always some little gold nugget that I can take away and use. tools: Go2Web20.net. Seriously. It’s called Animoto.

Love your students and they will love you back

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If you read this blog, you know I’m a big fan of Micheal Wesch. I’ve never met the guy but I have watched him quite a bit in his YouTube videos. Late in 2008, he received the Professor of the Year award from Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT). That's always a nice feel good moment. Spectacular!

Chemistry Lab Simulations - the Late Night Way!

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If you work in the field of science – then you have been there. You know… Friday night… 11pm… and you’re in the lab doing some experiment while every other person is either home in bed or out having fun with friends. Science is a strange discipline isn’t it? Well, there’s one company out there that is turning the concept of late night science experimentation into a complete success story.

Chemistry Labs at a Distance: the Kitchen takes Centre Stage!

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Over the last decade, more and more schools have offered a larger proportion of their curriculum in a distance delivery format. This is largely due to technical advances that have afforded more bandwidth, less expensive course development tools, and adoption of learning management systems at most schools. work at the Royal Military College of Canada - Canada’s only military University. Hee hee!).

Hot Topic: Nursing Simulations in Second Life!

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The most frequently visited posting on this blog was written on March 7th, 2008 on the topic of Nursing Simulation in Second Life. If you visit that old posting, you will see that the architect behind leading edge nursing simulation in Second Life is John Miller, a professor of Nursing at the Tacoma Community College of Nursing in Washington, USA. John actively writes about this topic on his blog.

PLEs, Networks and Knowledge - FREE Course!

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Building on the successes of the massive Connectivism course that Stephen Downes and George Seimens mounted in 2008 and 2009, PLENK2010 will be launching on Sept 15th. PLENK stands for: Personal Learning Environments Networks and Knowledge. Find out more here. It promises to be jammed packed with all kinds of progressive educators as well. See you there!

e-Learning Acupuncture: Putting the microscope on Flickr

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Monday, January 28, 2008 Putting the microscope on Flickr Last semester I taught an Introductory Microscopy laboratory course. Want to see it?

e-Learning Acupuncture: Technology, Colleges and Community Online Conference

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? There is about 3 feet of snow outside and I have been shoveling dutifully for several days. Well, this morning, I was thinking about Hawaii.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Carnegie-Mellon Shares Its Stuff!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? colleague of mine (merci Louise!) just brought another website to my attention. Interactive Animations. Simulation Labs. Supplements. Enjoy!

e-Learning Acupuncture: Free Images Databases (sorta!)

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Free Images Databases (sorta!) Its no secret that I work for the Department of National Defence (DND) in Canada.

e-Learning Acupuncture: TeacherTube!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Wednesday, May 09, 2007 TeacherTube! Ok, we all know what YouTube is and today I learned about TeacherTube. Keep going. Tremblay, M.Ed.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Does Web 2.0 mean anything to you or your students?

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Thursday, February 15, 2007 Does Web 2.0 mean anything to you or your students? Are you having trouble seeing how Web 2.0 love it. Are educat.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Paper still beats electronic in 2007!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Monday, January 15, 2007 Paper still beats electronic in 2007! Catchy title eh? colleague and I (thanks Susan!) Tremblay, M.Ed. Assess. & Res.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Plan to Learn: Case Studies in eLearning Project Management

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? think Im embarassed by that first statement (*smile*), but Ill move on anyway. Especially those working in the higher education setting.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Interactive Biotechnique Tutorials

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Tuesday, December 12, 2006 Interactive Biotechnique Tutorials Ok, who’s the molecular biologist in the group? smile*) Thanks Colin.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Q: Does group collaboration online work?

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Q: Does group collaboration online work? A: YES! Skype, Gizmo and GoogleTalk) as well as some software tools (i.e.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Wikipedia for the classroom

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Friday, September 22, 2006 Wikipedia for the classroom I hope its not a secret that I am a supporter of Wikipedia. Tremblay, M.Ed. Are educat.

e-Learning Acupuncture: iPod as a training aid in sports

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? quick search found this article online. Why am I posting a baseball story on this e-learning blog? Stay tuned to what they think of next!

e-Learning Acupuncture: Engaging Interactions!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. Friday, September 07, 2007 Engaging Interactions! BJ sought my opinion on the content of his eBook when it was in an earlier draft and I really liked it from the first read.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Learning objects that work!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Learning objects that work! Its no secret: I dont know everything! Ive been hearing about it on TV and on the radio. Do you see any weaknesses?

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e-Learning Acupuncture: Definitions: Web-courses

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. As he has discovered there is a great deal of overlap and confusion in the lexicon describing distance learning courses especially when technology is involved. Assess. & Res.

e-Learning Acupuncture: Life by PowerPoint!

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. Thursday, June 14, 2007 Life by PowerPoint! Ok, youve all heard by now the expression " Death by PowerPoint ". Yup, its a clever expression and its also true. Cheers!

e-Learning Acupuncture: Habits of Mind

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Do *more* with clickers to engage students ► 2009 (21) ► December (1) Free PD - Focus on your Foundation ► November (1) 2009 Edublogs Awards ► September (3) Twitter in your Teaching Social Media is BIGGER than you think? skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Habits of Mind My brother is a grade school teacher in Toronto. How do you feel personally about these 16 Habits of Mind? Which ring true for you?