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January 18, 2013 Education Resources, Education Technology Leave a comment

“19 handy Google tricks that you weren’t aware of” #google #productivity tnw.co/VuWJDz

—Alec Couros (@courosa) December 11, 2012

January 1, 2013 Education Resources, Education Technology, Teaching Leave a comment alwayspreppededucation technologyeffective teachers

In following the many lists that came before them, the bloggers at alwaysprepped released a list of habits for highly effective teachers for use of technology in the classroom.   Nothing life changing, but worth a read as one enjoys the last days of the new year holidays!

December 19, 2012 Commentary, Education Technology Leave a comment

open.michigan-gets-cc-savvy-1This piece in The Atlantic provides an interesting perspective on MOOCs – one that calls into question the democratization of education through massive online and open classes.

November 14, 2012 Education Technology 1 Comment #edcmoocDigital CultureMOOC

In early January 2013, I will be starting my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on E-Learning and Digital Cultures.   The course is run by the University of Edinburgh and offered through Coursera.

As the course gets under way, I’ll begin to multi-purpose this space – continuing my regular posts, while adding content related to #edcmooc.    Comments and contributions are most welcome!

October 11, 2012 Education Resources, Education Technology, Teaching Leave a comment HumanitiesOnline toolsResearch toolsSchool Resources

I’ve been looking at Symbaloo recently, as a platform to collect and share resources for our Humanities classes.   Have a look at what we have so far.  In this example, color-coding is as follows:

  • Brown = School-related
  • Orange = Production tools
  • Red = Online content
  • Blue = Online database

Suggestions for content are welcome as always!

October 1, 2012 Commentary, Education Technology, Teaching Leave a comment laptopLearningTechnology

Last year, my school began implementation of a 1 to 1 laptop policy with all students, grades 6-12.  For the most part, this looks like a positive step forward, giving students and teachers access to technologies and resources in every classroom and at every seat.   The initiative, which after a bumpy beginning due to IT related challenges – in and out of school, seems to be firmly established.

In the classrooms I have visited / taught, most students have Mac laptops.  Some are using iPads as their primary tool.  Wifi access in all parts of the school is provided to all registered computers.

While I fully support the availability of technologies in the classroom to support learning, I have begun to wonder if there is empirical evidence to link use of technology to better learning outcomes.   Continue reading →

September 23, 2012 Education Resources, Education Technology Leave a comment creative writingHumanities

JFK>>  Once again, a nice compilation of sites and resources to aid in the classroom from Free Technology for Teachers.   I am looking forward to encouraging my classes to write more freely – and often – both on and off topic.   This is a great start:  7 Good Sources of Creative Writing Prompts.


Author : chazrich

Charles is an English for Special Purposes (ESP) instructor for the US Government with experience in computers, technical writing, design, and of course, English instruction and with a Master's degree in Technology in Education. Charles can help you with a variety of things like copy writing, planning, and technology selection. He has experience with various LMS and LCMS systems and can help you decide if one is right for your needs. He's also the webmaster for this site.

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