Archive for February, 2011
EdTechatouille definitely will become more of a mixed bag of educationally related commentary over the coming months. I changed positions this past October and am no longer working day-to-day in EdTech. I’m still at the same higher ed institution, just a different position, office and location. My focus now is on curriculum development, innovation and assessment. I’ll explain that in more detail at some point, or it may become evident what that means exactly through some of the posts I’ll be writing.
In my new role, I spent the last three days in College Station, Texas at the 11th Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference. I will post more about individual sessions and thoughts as I have time, but I wanted to mention three things that struck me throughout the conference More >
I wanted to experiment with a new tool: iPadio, a web-based “phonecasting” tool with an accompanying iPhone app. Since I haven’t had much time to blog, I leveraged iPadio and my 80 minute, one-way commute to record my thoughts on the recent story regarding the National Council on Teacher Quality research project supported by US News & World Report and the response it has elicited from educational institutions.
The articles I read regarding the story before I jumped to my own conclusions were:
- Teachers Colleges Upset By Plan to Grade Them, New York Times, February 8, 2011: http://me.lt/4C4xt:
- President and Dean Respond to NCTQ Project to Rate Education Programs, Montclair State University, February 9, 2011: http://me.lt/6a8bF
My thoughts follow in podcast form.
(I don’t know how often I’ll do this since I really don’t like the sound of my own voice – particularly when I’m in “rant” mode. Plus, the point of recording it is to get thoughts “out the door” without much overhead in minutes; so the recording is very rough, perhaps too rough. I slapped some *really bad* techno-geek music on the front and end and edited out a cough that strangely only surfaced during the podcast – not before nor after ;-)