Maker Kids: Create-Explore-Share!

Friday, 1 March 2013, 2:26 | Category : Education Technology
Tags :

I am a huge fan of making. I love when my kids spend their days creating things out of other things. They look at a jar, a bottle cap and a empty egg carton and they envision what could be. That’s why when I stumbled upon this maker site, I was immediately hooked. I set [...]

Advocating for the NWP: A Mother’s Perspective

Monday, 21 March 2011, 3:18 | Category : Education Technology
Tags :

I have been wading.  Wading, swimming, in the words of my colleagues. While reading the blogs and following the streams, I am once again amazed by the work of those in the National Writing Project.  I am proud of my UPWP colleagues, Kara, Amy and Jan as they lend their voices to this cause.  Continually [...]

Shifted Thinking

Thursday, 17 December 2009, 4:51 | Category : Education Technology
Tags :

While meeting with Punya Mishra, I was explaining my interests in social networks, online communities of practice and the ways in which social capital is increased or decreased through teacher participation in these networks.  I was looking for his perspective on this emerging phenomena and he responded quite simply.  “What excites you most about this [...]

A Case Study of Designing Tapped In

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 18:51 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : , , , ,

Tapped In is one of the longest sustained online education communities of practice. Research has shown that student achievement is directly linked to teacher quality. State and national teaching standards provide a framework for teachers’ professional growth that requires teachers to engage in ongoing professional development throughout their careers. The increasing demand for continuous professional [...]

Personal Learning Networks

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 17:38 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : , ,

Warlick, D. (2009). Grow your personal learning network: new technologies can keep you connected and help you manage information overload.    Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(6), 12-17. Personal Learning Networks are not new.  We have been connecting with people for ages.  They ways in which we connect, however, are changing.  The internet has afforded us [...]

Communities of Practice

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 17:28 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : , , , , ,

Communities of practice are everywhere.  Groups of people who join together to form a community based around a shared practice, interest or activity. Some people are in the center of the group, others are around the edges.  Both play critical roles in the sustainability of the community.  The community is continually shaped by the participation [...]

Collins and Halverson: Rethinking Education

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 17:19 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : , , , ,

Collins, A., Halverson, R., & Brown, J. S. (. (2009). Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. New York, NY: Teachers College Pr.  Incompatibilities between Schooling and Technology Uniform learning vs. Customization Teacher as expert vs. Diverse sources Standardized assessment vs. Specialization Knowledge in head vs. Reliance on resources Coverage vs. Knowledge explosion Learning by [...]

Schlager and Fusco: Teacher PD, Tech and CoPs

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 16:18 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : , , , , , , , ,

Schlager, M. S., & Fusco, J. (2003). Teacher Professional Development, Technology, and Communities of Practice: Are We Putting the Cart Before the Horse? The Information Society, 19, 203. doi: 10.1080/01972240390210046 Mark Schlager is the co- founder of TAPPED IN an online community of practice established in 1997.  Judith Fusco is the project co-director and community [...]

Situated Cognition

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 15:45 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : ,

Brown, J. S., Collins, A., & Duguid, P. (1989). Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning. Educational Researcher, 18(1), 32-42. doi: 10.3102/0013189X018001032 Knowledge is situated, being in part a product of the activity, context, and culture in which it is developed and used. Conventional schooling often ignores the school culture and its’ influence on what [...]

Designing for Virtual Communities

Wednesday, 16 December 2009, 15:24 | Category : Education Technology
Tags : ,

Barab, S. A., Kling, R., & Gray, J. H. (2004). Designing for virtual communities in the service of learning. Cambridge University Press. This book contains many chapters referenced in articles I read. I did not read the complete book, but include it here in my list of annotations as a reference for further research.