App of the Week – Strip Designer

Have you ever thought about giving an assignment to your students where they would create a comic strip? Well, you should! For that task, you can recommend the use of this great iPad app called Strip Designer. This is an app created by Vivid Apps (priced today as $2.99) that allows you to create a comic strip using the photos from the iPhone or iPad photo album or camera. For a quick demo of this app watch the video embedded below. To download this app click HERE. If you have used this app in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn […]

Book Club Week 3: A few peanuts from sunflower seeds

I have an old mayonnaise jar filled with trail mix on my desk. I periodically have to shake it up, because otherwise the cranberries and the peanuts drift to the top and the sunflower seeds all wind up at the bottom. This week we discussed two more chapters (5-6) from Halverson and Collins: one about how alternative learning venues are bridging the gap between traditional schooling and lifelong learning, and one about how educational systems have changed from apprenticeship to public schooling to lifelong learning. Here is one of the peanuts that came to the top for me this week: the amazing success of home schooling. In the Biology Department […]

Book Club Week 2

In the second week of discussions of  Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America our focus was directed to Chapters 3 – The The Technology Skeptics’ Argument and Chapter 4 – The Development of American Schooling. Chapter 3 provided a strong counter view of Chapter 2 -The Technology Enthusiasts’ Argument by showing some of the challenges of implementing technologies into schools. Two of those challenges are: 1) the disruption of the balance on a system that has achieved a sort of equilibrium by applying years of experience on what works and what doesn’t; and 2) the disruption of the traditional power […]

Ways to Prevent Cheating in Online Courses

By Ed Tech Du Jour – MAIN COURSE: Dr. Heather Farmakis and Whitney Kilgore share helpful information for instructors to preserve the integrity of the course across different online learning platforms.This show will be a brief review of the rationale behind online cheating and offer strategies/tools to enhance the online learning experience, promote academic honesty, and deter cheating.

Book Club Week 1

Yay! We had our first book club meeting of the Summer and it went very well! We had great dialogue about the book chapters, education, higher-ed and how the topics in the book relate to us here at Texas Wesleyan. We started off by talking about some housekeeping items including creating a new post on the CETL blog as well as connecting with Google Hangouts – which we were able to use to three participants! Perhaps we will record our hangouts to share with the world…perhaps… In this meeting, with discussed Foreword-Chapter 2 of Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in […]

4 Stages: The Integration of Technology in Learning (Infographic)

This infographic illustrates 4 stages in which technology integrates in learning in order to be transformative and disruptive.  From directed (dependent on a teacher’s lead) to self-directed.

Zombies and Learning

Today’ s post is a guest post from Kaeli Vandertulip, Assistant Professor of Library Science and Reference and Instruction Librarian.  Kaeli can be reached at I started using zombies in library instruction four years ago.  When I started teaching students about citation styles, I was lucky to have half the class awake at the end of the class.  Then I brought in examples that tied together my interest in zombies with my love of all things research.  Not only do students pay attention, they remember the material—or at least remember me as the person who can help them with the details. Because of this, I became an accidental zombie […]

Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know About

“A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.” The graphic in this post provides some of the learning theories you should know as an educator: For full article go to:

B.F. Skinner and the Teaching Machine

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-90) is certainly one of the most prominent names in psychology, behaviorism, social philosophy and his work has significantly influenced education. By his own accounts, his interest in education came from a visit he made to his daughter’s 4th grade class. After listening to a mathematics lesson he was in disbelief that the techniques used to teach children completely refuted all known theories and facts about human learning processes. In his view, those techniques did not work because praise and punishment are believed to only generate artificial motivation and do not create genuine interest in what is to be learned. In the above video, “taken from a […]

The Post Course Era

I just read an excellent and challenging article by Randy Bass in the Educause Review. “Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education” was first published in the March/April 2012 issue. Bass’ central claim is that we’ve entered “the post-course era.” This era has the potential to be extraordinarily disruptive because it says the curriculum is no longer the center of learning. Specifically, Bass argues “we have reached the end of the era of assuming that the formal curriculum — composed of bounded, self-contained courses — is the primary place where the most significant learning takes place.” (24) Bass’ argument draws upon research into high-impact practices that produce meaningful […]

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