Gaming in the Classroom #edtech #edgaming #angrybirds

Incorporating the novelty of gaming into an instructional atmosphere can be tough and will definitely come under scrutiny by colleagues. Realizing the attention grabbing implications, I've been exploring how to effectively and efficiently bring in gaming to my classroom setting. Last night, I received an email from a parent (also a teacher) about my use …

mLearning & Activity Theory

mLearning and Activity Theory The mobile learning (mLearning) community is in the process of a paradigm shift comparable to the transition of static internet (web 1.0) to the present-day dynamic internet (web 2.0) where interactivity, file sharing, and access are becoming more ubiquitous. Successful mLearning atmospheres must be designed to incorporate dynamic attributes that will …

Teacher Centered Technology Integration in K12 Instruction: The Missing Link in K-12’s Evolving Digital Learner?

Teacher Centered Technology Integration in K12 Instruction: The Missing Link in K-12’s Evolving Digital Learner? Successful technology integration is not so much a question of “Sage on the Stage” or “Guide on the Side” rather… it’s a question of prioritized preparation and implementation. This post explores how to best facilitate effective technology integration with educators …

PD & the NEED for sharing

Professional Development (PD) in education has the responsibility of promoting teacher growth in a valid and practical manner. A community of teacher-learners can effectively promote this growth beyond what simple in-servicing (alone) can accomplish. Applied workshop and other in-service content to individual teaching environments will yield results which can only be magnified by a shared-experience …

Mobile Tech in the Classroom: Perception is Reality

The anywhere, anytime, read availability of the ever ubiquitous mobile technology still has a few hurdles to overcome. After a summer of mLearning research and my usual-summer-disconnect from my middle school teaching career-mode, I found myself ever reliant on my mobile device (iPhone). Email, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, the news, the weather, the list goes on. …

Social Networking & Why It Works….

Social Networking's usage has exploded breaking down geographic confines and creating a smaller digital world. The successful increase of collaboration and communication excels at an unprecedented scale. Most historians would credit the printing press as the most important invention of all time.... but then came the internet and now web 2.0 technology, the "most important …

“Facilitated” Professional Development

An interesting article on facilitated professional development. There are definite implications for mLearning asynchronous, always on, anytime, anywhere... "A facilitated format, experts say, adds three major benefits that can improve teacher engagement in ongoing training. First, it can maintain or even increase the level of interaction of an in-person class, because an online instructor or …