Backwards Design

When educators talk about “Learning Design” or “Design in Learning” they are typically talking about Pedagogy. The “Backwards Design” documents and sites I’ve been looking at lately are actually great examples of what higher ed has done forever: focusing on the pedagogical end of the teaching/learning scale — instructors designing for students. They typically don’t really address the andragogical side — design done by learners to more deeply situate their learning in practice (and Communities of Practice). This is not to say that it’s Continue reading

Addition plans

I’m starting to solicit bids on replacing my steps. Here’s the short of it: I’ve got a 2-flat with this 7×11′ first floor bathroom addition with rickety old steps that leads up to a deck and the “main entrance” for the second floor apartment. Since I need to replace the steps, I’d like to wrap them around to the side of the house (right side of 2nd pic). I would like to cover them so I don’t have to shovel my Continue reading

Mobile Learning Strategy (thoughts)

First, a redirect — let’s take “mobile” out of it and look at the ideals of a Learning Strategy. Then, let’s consider how “mobile” could support that learning strategy. Learning Strategy (Ideal) Comprehensive: Rather than develop a bunch of different systems, one framework that incorporates all aspects of the university would be ideal. Student-centered: If we approach that strategy from the perspective of student learning, we’ll need to recognize and address the fact that “classroom learning” (and much of what Continue reading

Game Frame for Learning (ARIS)

I’ve been researching different aspects of GPS-enhanced place-based learning since 2004, and creating mobile, place-based learning games and experiences since 2005. Since meeting with the initial ARIS developers in 2008, and  joining the project full-time (2009), I’ve been pushing for easier access and general-use capabilities — to make the entry point as broadly accessible as possible. In 2009, I got a copy of Victoria Rydberg’s Hands On Earth Math and immediately saw that as a worked example of content that could be ported Continue reading

Clifton StrengthsFinder

We’re doing Professional Development at work. Thought I’d share… As you may know, the Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by Gallup as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors.Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and Continue reading

Collaborative space for TASI

Let’s try this again! At the WiscNet (RIP) Conference I led a session with  24 folks on a single Google Document — all adding and commenting on their favorite “Cool Tools” Click here to open a Google Doc of “Teaching with Technology” Then read through it for ideas, add your own ideas to it. Comment on parts. Hopefully, this will provide a good experience to understand some of the power of collaborative creation.

Framing arguments

I really like Jarrett Walker’s method of framing and deconstructing arguments. He uses this chart to map out what sort of argument is made. Is the argument based on personal feelings? Community norms? Cultural norms? Psychology? Biology? Physics? Or Geometry? Depending on that answer, he suggests, we can decide the universality, passion, etc. of the argument. While I could nit-pick on the categories, I think it’s definitely an interesting exercise to consider things in this framework.

2011 Horizon Report

The new Horizon Report has been out for a few days. The Six Technologies are no surprise to those of us who have been advocating and developing mobile learning practices and tools. They are: mobile computing open content electronic books simple augmented reality gesture-based computing visual data analysis If these look at all familiar, it may be because you are already using them via your smartphone. They are all  fiercely personal, socially connecting, and deeply embodied. The iPhone and iPad has Continue reading

Twitter in Learning

Social Media has a far larger influence on the lives of teachers and learners than traditional models of education are prepared to deal with. But at its heart, it nothing new. Says Joshua Fisher: “Yes, today you can chat with friends, collaborate on projects, read the news, play games, or share videos of your kids, all online. But you could do all that stuff offline before 1991. It’s just much easier and faster now. What’s different—what’s fundamentally different—is the size of your social Continue reading

ECAR 2010 (Student tech use survey)

The 2010 ECAR survey of 36,000+ college students has been published, and it’s here. Some of the highlights and trends that I keyed into include: Student tech use is socially-motivated (over 96% on Facebook) Attempts to bring in “academic tech” is a hard sell (less than 20% use clickers) They use what they’re already using (more than half using cloud-based document apps for coursework) They don’t like clumsy interfaces (less than 2% use virtual worlds like Second Life) By next year over 75% Continue reading

Google Docs Storyboard template

Wanted to see how this looks embedded. It’s a storyboard template that I designed in Google Docs. I chose Google Docs for it because of Google Doc’s collaboration feature, which has become *really amazing* — if you haven’t tried collaborating on Google Docs lately (it used to sorta suck), you should try it now!

Video Test (Vzaar and Kaltura)

I’m testing out the embed features of a few different online video tools. Today’s players are and So here’s a few versions (hopefully) of an old video. Vzaar Version 0: .mobile Craig Sherman at Vzaar got back to me (very quickly) about my issues and helped me add the code that should make this work. But even though I enter it in HTML, WordPress changes it automatically to code that does not work. Hmm… Version 1: Basic Embed Continue reading

GLS-ES Digital Storytelling Workshop

Chris Blakesley and I are running a 2-hour Digital Storytelling workshop this afternoon at the GLS-Educator Symposium. If all goes well with my new Google Docs WordPress plugin, a Google Document with resources and examples should show up below… if not, it’s here. I’ll keep it editable by everyone in the world until it gets spammed. [gview file=””]

Mobile Learning

Yesterday I presented to the University of Wisconsin System’s Learning Technology Development Council on Mobile Learning, and how the university-style of instruction must change to adapt to the style of learning that mobile technologies have made common-place. A few key points: With 24/7 access to trusted sources of information in their pockets, students no longer need to have information imparted to them. Instead, they need teachers to help them  filter out the good from the bad (determine quality) see the relevance of Continue reading