In the spring of 2017, I taught an online course with Bob Jones University called Curriculum Development and Design. This was a project-based course in which students were asked to complete a hefty list of assignments to apply the information we learned from our texts. One of our projects was to maintain an online presence through the use of a blog. These were the instructions:
Throughout this course, you will incorporate a blog site for collecting and commenting on articles, news reports, advertising, and current events that pertain to concepts related to this course. Photos, links, screenshots, videos, and other graphics are encouraged.
Students were asked to contribute an average of eight posts per week over the six-week course. I maintained this page on my blog as an example of some ideas for posts.
March 30, 2017 at 3:42 PM
This article today out of The Atlantic reiterates the value of “smallness” in schools. While many of us want to have larger schools, many larger schools actually want to offer the individual treatment that we small schools enjoy. Small class sizes are a big benefit to learning; Are we taking full advantage of them?
March 30, 2017 at 3:56 PM
Why I’m Worried About the Future of Charter Schools is an interesting article because I think it shows the uphill battle that private education encounters at so many turns. Private education has been shown to be much better for the learning of children, and yet our government and society seem bent at getting rid of it. How ironic that the government that claims to want to educate children to improve society (Progressivism) is so dead-set against forms of education that bring out the best in kids. Bizarre.
March 30, 2017 at 3:57 PM
Betsy DeVoss is saying what may of us Christian educators always have: “Money is not the solution for improving education!” The underlying philosophy of a school and its curricula continues to be the single most important factor in education. A Christian worldview emphasis gives children the right moorings for the rest of their life, and doesn’t cost a dime.
March 30, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Using educational technology in classrooms can help us provide variety and enrich the learning atmosphere. As always, the teacher must be fully present and exercising good classroom management. In this case, Snapchat is used to create narratives about what was learned. How does this address the wide variety we educators find in “learning styles”?
March 30, 2017 at 4:25 PM
I ran across this on Twitter today. Really interesting video on math and art. Here’s another great way to help students connect the dots in education: Align curricula across as many subjects as possible. The more students see how subjects are related, the more they appreciate how to apply what they are learning.
March 31, 2017 at 11:20 AM
This cartoon reminded me of the conversations I’ve had as a teacher-leader in which parents and students have asked about privacy issues with the use of educational technology. In this course, we are using several Ed Tech applications, and as we think about using tech in our classrooms, we need to remember that there is a range of comfort levels when it comes to using and integrating technology. Communicating well about changes and expectations is extremely important.
April 1, 2017 at 9:46 PM
The Supreme Court made an interesting ruling this week about special education. The ruling basically says that schools must do more than just provide a basic education to special needs students. There is a definite connection here to the topic of individualized instruction we have discussed in our course. Schools continue to be faced with legislation forcing them to give more individual attention to students rather than simply run them through the educational chute.
April 5, 2017 at 11:57 AM
This is a good article that goes along with our current discussion about Multiple Intelligence and modes of learning. There are some who believe that MI “muddies the waters” of learning, and I tend to agree with some of their arguments. Educational research is great, but sometimes we get overly-excited about applying theory when we should just get down to the business of good old fashioned hard work.
April 5, 2017 at 1:40 PM
By replicating the lecture format, massive open online courses ignore the truly innovative developments in online learning. This course discusses the need for educators to create opportunities for better learning by using technology, not simply using technology for its own sake.
Source: How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong