Screencasting Feedback for Students

For my first time teaching a college level course (4 week online seminar class for College of Education students), I wanted to make sure I was following all of the research I have read since my last time teaching.  One of the biggest things I have read was on the impact of effective feedback and…

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Back in 10th grade, I started playing golf as my spring semester sport.  The three years before that I had been playing tennis but we moved to a different district, and they did not have boy’s tennis.  I had only golfed a little bit before then but it was a sport that seemed like fun…

Data Is Your Friend

Teaching is a very tough job.  You have 24, or more, students in a class 5-6 times a day.  There is a lot going on in the class and it is very easy to get overwhelmed when you are trying to help every student be successful.  Many teachers make this even tougher on themselves by…

Intrinsic Motivation of Learners

One of the areas that I am trying to focus on lately is the focus on intrinsic motivation of teacher learners.  As someone who helps to design professional learning experiences and for my work on my Gamification of Teacher Professional Learning Project (Project Falcon), it is important to understand how we can improve the motivation…

Using Participate for Twitter Chats

Tonight I was asked to participate in the first #SwivlChat since I have been a Swivl Video Pioneer for the last 2 years.  I received an email from Swivl with a link to Participate (www.participate.com) which was set up for the chat.  I had heard about Participate being used for Twitter chats before but had…

The True Power of my PLN

I created my Twitter account in November of 2009 to connect with my own students and share out news articles or resources about science topics.  The major byproduct of this was the connections that I started to make with other teachers, whether they were teaching in neighboring districts or even across the country and world.…

YouTube Transcripts and Closed Captions

You can easily enable a transcript or closed captions for videos in YouTube.  This will assist any students, or anyone for that matter, who may have trouble following along, have a hearing issue, or where the video is not in their native language.  While the transcripts are not perfect, they are computer generated for the…