This semester I’ve been helping Susan Fernsebner, UMW professor extraordinare, with her section of HIST 297: History Colloquium. This course serves as “an introduction to the methods historians use to analyze the past,” and all three sections, each taught by a different member of the department, are focusing on digital skills not …
I don’t believe in the Digital Native, a position that does not make me an outlier here at LLU. Perhaps it’s the students I see, or those at my institution, but what I see is a large body of consumers and a small body of producers, with the exception of certain tools. When I have(…)
This entry is part 34 of 43 in the series Teaching Transparently with thanks to Pisces Dreamer for the permission to use this Flickr picJanuary 31, 2009: It’s the Saturday night before the second semester begins and once again I am awash in panic. Well, I guess it is not as much panic as it(…)
This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series Teaching TransparentlyJanuary 3, 2009: Before we broke for the Winter Break, I was lucky enough to converse with language and technology colleagues from Case Western Reserve University. Case has a large and growing presence in Second Life, and when I received an email from my(…)
http://new.oberlin.edu/ My place of employment has begun a new marketing campaign in which people from our community are invited to tell their stories — “quick (ish) anecdotes that illustrate how unique this place is, and should be written in the first-person.” These stories, it is hoped, will form a collective narrative about the people, the(…)
Calling all K-12 language teachers (a.k.a. one of the hardest teaching jobs out there): Please share your stories!
Prior to coming to my current job in higher ed and language learning technology, I taught in a grade school. Grades 7-12 to be exact. The wonder years. (I now realize how wonderful they are, and how awesome my colleagues were then, now that I have kids of my own in that age bracket). To(…)
At the same time of the Xerox club (see below), Sister Joan Schmitt was teaching French in the Holy Family High School Language Lab. As you can clearly see, it was a compelling, technology-rich, language learning experience. Please note, if your lab looks like this, please put down the reel to reel immediately and leave(…)
We are snowed in here, unable to go anywhere, so I am reading my students blogs and watching their explorations in the Spanish language. My husband is wandering around the internet. He was googling his old high school and found this little gem…the 1970 Holy Family High School Xerox Club. This is what student centered(…)
I don’t quite know how I feel about this article yet, but I thought I would pass it on and get the conversation started. Comments anyone??
This week we have changed gears slightly in my class and have moved from “Secuestro Express” and the kidnappings in Venezuela to “María llena de gracia” and the story of women who act as “mulas” and transport drugs from Colombia to the United States. With each class and each topic we address, the lines between(…)
Dry Erase Planning
This week I had the honor to make a presentation at ELI in San Antonio with 4 remarkable women: Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Laura Blankenship, Barbara Ganley and Martha Burtis…”The Fear 2.0 Dream Team Bloghers” as Brian Lamb reportedly referred to us later in the week. Our topic was Fear…the fear that we as educators, technologists, individuals(…)