Ok I'll admit it... I enjoy professional development. I have always enjoyed learning and I think it is essential for educators to "sharpen the saw" and get new perspectives. Being the introvert that I am, I'm not a fan of professional development where you sing songs, do cheers, and/ or do dancing. Instead, I prefer short shots of information and then time to reflect or work on the concepts provided. My good buddy Scott Merrick, along with Michele Eaton from the ISTE's Online Learning Network have created a unique professional development experience that is online, creative, flexible, and thought provoking. It is essentially a book study. We are reading the book, Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning: Trends and Technologies edited by Atsusi "2c" Hirumi. We are using a few platforms for discussion. We are using Voxer, which has become a great tool for communication both personally and professionally. Voxer is a cross between walkie talkie, answering machine, and social network. You can leave voice or text messages, as well as, files or photos. If you purchase the Pro Account you can create groups to have multi person group chats. Scott and Michelle are using this tool to post daily questions about the reading of the book. Participants can contribute their answers using Voxer or go to the Online Book Study hashtag #olnbookstudy. I am really enjoying the book, the new collaboration tools, and the conversation. Thanks to Scott and Michelle for giving me such great food for thought about Online Learning!
Date of interview: August 13th, 3-3:30pm
Teacher, Edutopia blogger, and cohost ofEd Got Game, Matthew Farber has been pushing the bounds of education and technology. I stumbled across his fantastic work through my Gaming/education threads. He is the author of a brand new book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (Peter Lang Academic, 2015).
Ways to Connect and learn more about Matthew:
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My name is Andrew Wheelock- I am a technology integrator who's fascinated with my fellow educators and their powerful uses of tech for learning.