robot looking at mathematical expressions on blackboard

Emerging Tools

First a reaction to the readings from this assignment.  I was fascinated and pleased to be introduced to the article by Umang Gupta and his business assessment as to why technology has not translated well into the educational environment.  In this article, he assessed that the US spent approximately 1.3 Trillion in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education each year and that only 1%...
4 people using VR technology

Annotated Bibliographies

Our PLN delivered yet again as we collectively developed our Annotated Bibliography for this semester’s F431.  I thought there was a great diversity of topics and yet there were some common themes around pedagogy, history of tool development in support of education, and the willingness to share results that did not always show promise - the concept of agile testing to see if a technique even...
Rain Vortex indoor waterfall at Singapore's Jewel Changi international airport.

PLN Musings continued

While I have a Twitter account, I don't tweet - I just don't find that medium to be to my liking and I rarely find anything useful there.  So I'll share my reflections on the two articles here...I truly resonated with Cormier’s blog post - the reference to plants through the mycelium has excellent symbolism for any network and suggests a sharing that is not defined by any boundaries.  I could...
Google Doodle on Labor Day

Welcome to my garden!

Why does a domain of one’s own matter?  Why indeed?   On this Labor Day, 2020, I’m sharing the Google Doodle, showing of all things, the labor we invest in building things.  Like domains.  Presence.  Community.  Perspective. Certainly from a marketing perspective, one could argue that it’s far more important than you think...It’s space that you own, with metrics and Search Engine...

Musings on Learning Theory

Ally’s article provided “implications for online learning” related to each theory. Discuss whether there are distinct needs in an online learning environment that aren’t equally necessary in the classroom; provide examples to validate your conclusion. Truly, any of these questions could be addressed as a thesis so I apologize in advance for my lack of brevity!   I was drawn to review...
a series of 3 mobius strips

Reflections On My Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

I’ve used a Mobius strip for my website logo.  Why a Mobius strip?  It’s intended to show that learning is infinite.  I learn to teach and I teach to learn.  Since my teaching niche is focused on adults - both formally in the classroom as well as in the workplace - I may not be teaching the youth of the future, but I am teaching those that still have a significant ability to make a...
to describe the 4 parts of appreciative inquiry

Experts and Novices

There were many things in Benander’s article that resonated with me.  As an article in a journal that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, I feel strongly that there is a need to integrate the concept of leadership and organizational behavior into our teaching tool kits.    From a personal leadership perspective, one needs to have the courage to move in with Beginner’s...
to show the work out loud learn out loud model

Personal Learning Networks – initial thoughts

It looks like we may be using the words Personal Learning Networks (PLN) and Personal Learning Environments (PLE) interchangeably.  At the moment, I have a preference for PLN as my term of art so I’ll work with that term for this blog post and see how my thinking on this topic evolves over the semester.  I’ll also focus on my education PLN since my risk PLN is a bit more established. ...
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