Category Archives: Teacher Education

“Why Aren’t More Teachers on Twitter?”

(Link to study documentation and survey) This is a question that seems to get posted at least once during the education chats I participate in each week. After having discovered how easily one can connect with and learn from passionate … Continue reading

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The Power of Technology in the Classroom

It’s been a tough few weeks and it feels like the semester will not end soon enough. Taking three grad classes, teaching two teacher prep courses, deciding on comp questions, serving on a couple of committees, and conducting independent research … Continue reading

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Education and Technology/Oil & Water – and HOPE!

As a doctoral student who specializes in educational technology and science education, meaning I work with a lot of preservice teachers and as a result inservice teachers, I have witnessed how the established education community mixes with technology. And that … Continue reading

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First ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

How to describe these last few days in San Antonio. Tiring comes to mind as I sit on the bed in the hotel room, legs and feet grateful for the relief. That is one BIG convention center. But that feeling … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy and Screenshots

I’m planning some of the changes I want to make this coming fall semester for my online teacher technology course. The curriculum concerns two viewpoints for my students, one as students of the course, but a second as teachers-to-be who … Continue reading

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Science Festivals, Kiera Wilmot, and Teacher Makerspaces

The Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival ended with a bang, literally, and no one was hauled off as a felon! Unfortunately, such was not the case for Kiera Wilmot, the Florida teen who simply wanted to try her hand … Continue reading

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Students want to be seen as people

This is the conclusion I have come to during my time spent researching the use of Google+ video posts and Hangouts as a way to help create social and teaching presence in my online classroom. This sentiment is not revolutionary, … Continue reading

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Teacher Immediacy

I enjoy being a full-time graduate student; discussing theory and research issues with fellow doctoral students and faculty in my courses, assisting faculty as a grad assistant, and working on my own research. But sometimes I miss my kids. Not … Continue reading

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Should social networking be a required part of the curriculum for preservice Teacher Technology courses?

Each semester there are always a few students in my Preparing Teachers to Use Technology course that have either never used social networking sites or have antipathy towards them. Given that I am an advocate of Constructivism as presented by … Continue reading

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Why Video Discussion Posts are Amazing

This post will be a bit different from the previous three, there will be no research or citations or formal writing per se. I am simply sharing a moment I had the honor to witness and explain why I am … Continue reading

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