Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Week 10: Educational Technology in the News

NOTE: This discussion board assignment does NOT involve your reading an article from the list on the homepage of iMoberg, as you have done in the past. Please carefully read the directions below.

Search the World Wide Web for news articles on current events, trends, developments, practices, issues, etc., related to educational technology. You might use your favorite search engine and start with search terms like "educational," "technology," and "news" to start your search. When you find an article that interests you, read it and copy the URL of the Web page from which you read it. (For example, the URL for our university's Web page is http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/.)

Then post a comment here in which you (1) paste the URL of the news article that you read, (2) summarize the article, and (3) share with us your thoughts about the article and the educational technology issue that it's about.

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on the same article or a similar educational technology issue, also include in your own comments a response to that person's (or those persons') comments. In other words, what do you think about what your classmate thinks about the article? (e.g., "Shannon, I understand what you mean when you write ___, but I think ___ . . .")

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE
The commenting feature will be disabled 8:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 26; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Week 10: Reflecting on Effective Teaching

FIRST
Choose and write about one of these options:
  • Write about an effective teaching technique from ch. 3-6 of Marzano's book--a technique that you haven't used before but that seems promising for the courses that you will someday teach. Tell why it appeals to you, how it would be useful for your students, how you would use it, etc.
  • Compare Marzano's ideas in ch. 5 (on engaging students) with the ideas in the online article "Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement" by Tristan de Frondeville. Tell what similarities you see between the two, what differences, what ideas Marzano and de Frondeville together give you for engaging your own students, etc.
  • Share a story of a teacher you know who did something well related to ch. 3-6 of Marzano's book (helping students deepen their understanding or practice their skills or predict and afterward reflect; engaging students in the classroom; managing the classroom). At the end of your story, identify the probable reasons for this teacher's success with this teaching technique. Tell also how you might replicate this success with your own students.

THEN
Post a second comment that replies to someone else's comment. Your reply to your classmate should show engagement with his/her ideas, so a simple "Yes, I agree" will not suffice. Instead, share your thoughts about his/her ideas for using a particular effective teaching technique--offer suggestions, connect his/her ideas to your own future teaching, write about his/her ideas as they relate to your own personal experiences, etc.

To reply in response to someone else's comment, please specify that person in whatever comment you post in response (e.g., "Shannon, I understand what you mean when you write ___, but I think ___ . . .").

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE
The commenting feature will be disabled at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 24; you will not be able to post a comment after that time, so tend to your posting and replying well in advance.

Week 9: Reflecting on Effective Teaching

FIRST
Write about an effective teaching technique from ch. 1-2 of Marzano's book--a technique that you haven't used before but that seems promising for the courses that you will someday teach. Tell why it appeals to you, how it would be useful for your students, how you would use it, etc.

THEN
Post a second comment that replies to someone else's comment. Your reply to your classmate should show engagement with his/her ideas, so a simple "Yes, I agree" will not suffice. Instead, share your thoughts about his/her ideas for using a particular effective teaching technique--offer suggestions, connect his/her ideas to your own future teaching, write about his/her ideas as they relate to your own personal experiences, etc.

To reply in response to someone else's comment, please specify that person in whatever comment you post in response (e.g., "Shannon, I understand what you mean when you write ___, but I think ___ . . .").

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE
The commenting feature will be disabled at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 10; you will not be able to post a comment after that time, so tend to your posting and replying well in advance.