Â Uncertain of where I’d like to go with this blog post,Â I sit here on Monday afternoon combing through all of the bookmarks & resources that I’ve gathered over the past week with hopes of discovering an interesting topic. Â To be honest, my head is spinning a bit. Â I’ve recently focused on design thinking, project based learning, the flipped classroom, flipped pro-d, social media in the classroom, emerging technology and more. Â While I love delivering this content via the Daytime blog because it not only allows me share great resources, it forces me to learn what I’m suggesting that I actually understand, ha! However, I’ve run into a problem that requires some answering. Â Recently I’ve preached how important student engagement is via several of my posts, yet what I’ve failed to do is promote increased involvment within the comments section of the blog. Â Although I regularly receive direct emails from those who have enjoyed a particular post, have a few Daytime conversations in the hallway regarding topics such as William Wallace vs.Â Maximus Decimus Meridius,Â or get a few comments on my weekly sports reports or humorous videos, I need more engagement! Â One thing I have noticed is that “commenting” on the blog is not a particularly intuitive process. Â Rest assured that we will be making this process much easier with our soon to come SCHift blog update. Â In the meantime, here’s a quick “how-to” leave a comment, until we release the added functionalityÂ
If I were a teacher lacking student attention, how would I captivate my audience? Â My first step would be to liven up the lessons and promote collaboration! Â If talks of William Wallace, Philadelphia sporting teams, and funny Youtube clips don’t enthrall you, what am I to do? Â Ultimately, I’d love some feedback on various topics related to ed-tech that you would be more interesting in reading about, while also becoming more likely to engage in conversations. Â Or do I just listen to the community and start a Stallone vs. Schwarzaneger debate? Â If all else fails, perhaps I’ll begin handing out prizes for the most interesting responses. Â I hear Lionel is quite the carpenter, Tom has always been my go to guy when I get a flat tire, and Pete can cook a homemade pizza like it’s nobody’s business. Â These are just a few possibilities for prize give aways. Â Ultimately, what I’d love to do with this blog (Faculty Creative, if you’re reading thisâ€¦please take note!), other than find a new logo (I know, its lame and it needs to be updated) is “gamify” this blog to start up some SCH competition, think Foursquare. Â Take a look at the following article for more info. on gamification – Â Bunchball-gamification101.
Sow now I’m a few paragraphs in to this post and it’s begining to take shape, albeit not the best shape… Many of you writers out there will be pleased to see that I’ve learned that simply sitting down to starting the writing process is the best way to reach your inner creativity. Â Years ago, an English professor of mine said that I was over-thinking everything and that I would be best served to sit down and just start writing. Â This is proof that I do in fact remember something from college! Â While I loved the daily three hour lectures, I’ll admit that much of my early college years were spend looking out windows and drawing in the back of my books. Given the amount of hours I spent on my “craft,” who knows where I’d be ifÂ only I had taken a couple of art courses…This creative writing anecdote has reminded me of the following article that I read this past weekend,Â Toward PedagogyÂ written by Howard Rheingold of DMLCentral. Â In the article, the author reflects on his ongoing experiment in high-end, peer-to-peer, global learning via the Internet and social networks. Â Similarly, last week’sÂ DaytimeÂ post discusses Dr. Eric Mazur’s methodology to help get away from the traditional lecture-discussion-test approach to instruction. Â I’m starting to feel a certain “Seinfeld” cohesiveness to this blog post, things are starting to connect!
On to the fun portion of this week’s post, the videos! Â First, the funny. Â Given the recent focus on traditional approaches to education, check this video out where Father Guido Sarducci discusses his “Five Minute University”Â
Next, the cool. Â How do you think technology will affect our lives in the next 10-20 years? Â Maybe even the next 5 – 10? Â While you ponder, take a look at this Microsoft video. Â Think they’re getting back in the game? Â I certainly hope so, because the competition is great for us as well as our students. Â This is an inspiring video!!Â
click.to -Â Click To is a small piece of software for Mac or PC that allows users to essentially turn everything on the computer into a hyperlink. Text, images, videos, and other documents which are selected can be sent to other applications with a single click. Â Here’s a quick demo -Â
Did I mention that I’d love for you comment on the blog????