Archive for March, 2010
I have a very definitive view of what constitutes effective learning and teaching.
Effective learning and teaching experiences typically are:
- Active: Learners may, by design, cognitively influence the learning process.
- Collaborative: Learners are interdependent and reciprocally influence learning activities and outcomes.
- Authentic: Learners exhibit knowledge or perform a skill in a naturally occurring environment as possible.
I could rant for days, but I’ll leave most of it in this one post (which is likely to be longer).
About a year ago, my three daughters and I got my wife a new HP laptop for Mother’s Day. We needed another computer. I had second thoughts about buying HP based on a bad experience in 1992. But, it seemed like time to give the company another chance; it had been 18 years. Turns out… that was a mistake, and one that I will *never* make again. More >
I don’t know how I have missed #edchat via Twitter since last July, but it’s an incredibly valuable resource and opportunity in my opinion. If you’re not familiar with Twitter…. In short, at any given time, there’s a variety of education topics being discussed by educators via Twitter posts; the “hash tag” #edchat is included in each post, so it makes it possible to search for and find any posts included in the larger discussion.
The TxDLA Conference is currently being held in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, I’ve not been able to attend this year; however, I’m hoping to track the conference online in real time and within an archive. I’m trying a couple of things to do that.
To the right is an embedded widget from Twubs.com for the conference. This allows tracking the conference hashtag #txdla in real time, but it does so a little more dynamically than the simple twitter search does: #txdla.
To archive the conference tweets, I’m looking at the TwapperKeeper.com notebook for the #txdla tweets; though it’s performance thus far has not been all that great. I’ve also used Google Reader to subscribe to the RSS feed for the #txdla Twitter Search. While Twitter search doesn’t go back past 30 days, Google Reader does capture and store those tweets in its own RSS feed which I’ve shared.