It’s Not About the Cheerios! – How Ego Destroys The Educator

Why do some babies believe it is possible to reach the Cheerio while others are content to wait for someone to bring it over and start spoon-feeding? I would suggest that this has more to do with the ego of the teacher than many of us educators are willing to recognize.

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My First Day As A Substitute Teacher

School bus

Can there really be that many trouble-makers in a small classroom? I had gotten the list of students. Good, not more than 21, and at least 3 are supposedly helpful to substitute teachers. Thank God! I immediately decided I was going to try my best to get them to like me right away. You know, win them over to the good side before the dark side has a chance to kick in? I would be a Jedi-master with my light-saber smile and pleasant good morning 😃

Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015

It seems that many of the tech companies in education offer something of the same function as the others. Perhaps this is reflective of the Connectivist philosophy of education technology. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find a truly innovative idea that solves some problem that no other software already addresses. Most technology listed here seems … Continue reading Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015

Open Source Learning Tools

This TED talk by Richard Baraniuk outlines an idea of a "knowledge ecosystem" in which users become contributors and producers. Create, Mix, Rip, Burn - basically build upon the ideas of others to make learning bigger, more accessible, culturalized, and personalized. Click here to visit http://openstaxcollege.org where this process began and continues to grow.