share and reflect giffyWhat frameworks do we use when considering technology integration to support learning? What does digital literacy mean in education? Our January Learning Educational Technologies (LET) meeting focused on discussion surrounding these types of questions. Here are some highlights and resources.

Did you know the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has new standards for K-12 students? Check out the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students (scroll to bottom) and compare them to the 2007 ISTE Standards for Students. The ISTE Standards for Teachers are due for a refresh. Compare the draft to the current ISTE Standards for Teachers. What are your thoughts?

What frameworks aid in guiding considerations surrounding learning technologies? We tapped the surface in our discussion, leaving more to explore! In my presentation, Brainstorm: Why, How, When, Which Tools, slides 3-7 explore a few such as the SAMR model, TPACK, critical pedagogy, considerations with English Learners, and more. We also had a rich discussion piggybacking off The Office of Educational Technology’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge (2016).

What does the term “digital literacy” mean? We began discussions and collecting related resources, while keeping in mind our ongoing conversation surrounding equity and inclusiveness in online spaces. Here are few resources promising to ignite conversation: From Written To Digital: The New Literacy in Educause Review (March/April 2016); Kathy Schrock’s Resources for the Digital Age; and sources I aggregate on my When Tech Met Ed Digital Literacies page. I highly recommend Kevin Kelly’s book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technology Forces that will Shape our Future (2016) as food for thought in the context of education.

Let’s continue these discussions! Add to the resources and conversations by joining one of our upcoming LET meetings. Share in the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook group.

recommendsWant to explore some learning technology resources? In our last LET Community meeting, we shared some of our favorites. Here are a few that represent an array of topics.

  • Cub Kahn suggests Teaching in a Digital Age. It is a new open, online textbook by Tony Bates, a long-time leader in the online learning world. Here are some sample chapters titles: Ch. 7 – Pedagogical Differences between Media, Ch. 8 – Choosing and Using Media in Education, Ch. 9 – Modes of Delivery, Ch. 11 – Ensuring Quality Teaching in a Digital Age.

Asking me for my one recommendation is like asking me if I’ll take a chocolate or coffee. My response is “Yes please to both.” Here’s a variety that serve different purposes.

  • Free Technology for Teachers is a must if you are interested in online learning technology tools. Richard Byrne shares and reviews free resources that teachers can use in the classroom. His short posts often include suggestions of how to incorporate the technologies and how to guides.
  • EdSurge is a site I subscribe to and enjoy updates on everything from product reviews for education, to research, to ed tech start ups.
  • Audrey Watters writes in many places, including Hack Education. I enjoy her insight, wit and candor in reporting on ed tech.
  • Steve Hargadon is also at the top of my list. He is behind many projects such as The Learning Revolution and free online conferences like the Global Education Conference.

If this isn’t enough, check out more of my recommendations at When Tech Met Ed/Blogs, Podasts, Social Networking as PD.

Don’t get overwhelmed as you explore! Organize in a RSS reader, such as Feedly or Inoreader and return to your favorites at your leisure.  

What are a few of your favorites?  Join us in sharing at our next LET Community or on the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook Group!

Check out the Brainwaves You Tube Video Anthology by Bob Greenberg.  It’s loaded with short videos that feature leaders in global education.

Here’s one with Sir Ken Robinson where he talks about his new book, Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up.

Here are a few of many others I’ve either watched or look forward to viewing soon!

Subscribe to The Brainwaves Video Anthology to stay notified of the latest uploads.  Consider ways you can use them in your courses or as a springboard for conversation.  Hey LET Community members, perhaps we can use a few of these in upcoming meetings.

Happy viewing!

*Cross-posted on When Tech Met Ed

twitter picI love this part of my job!  Students in my Tech for Educators course had an interesting discussion on the topic of Social Media in K-12 Education.  They discussed uses of Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs.  Concepts of “friending” students and parents, where to draw the line between personal and professional life, and digital citizenship all entered the conversation.

It is interesting to see ways K-12 schools are using social media.  I am also intrigued by the conversation of how students sometimes set up their own Facebook or other social media to extend learning beyond the classroom—student led.  We as educators need to have these types of conversations and look at all sides.  As we do, I agree with one of my students who ended the conversation by saying there are more questions than answers!

Listen to these podcasts on social media in the classroom. This interview with Alan November and David Weinberger entitled, The World Has Become “To Big for Us to Know” (28 min) is a must listen for all of us! What do you think about social vs private learning? What voices do you hear on the Internet? Alan and David “discuss what knowledge means and what type of learning must take place in a connected world of overabundant information.” This second interview is especially for the amazing math teachers in my course: Bringing Twitter to Life with Alan November and Jessica Caviness (14 min). 

My students inspired me to give a simple taste of how Twitter can be used without student accounts.  I pulled out a few assessment sites they shared in our wiki a few terms ago and posted them using this hashtag #TCE596Winter.  

What are your thoughts on social media in education? Happy discussions!  (Face-to-face or virtual ;)

Cross posted on WTME.

I think you will find this Ed Tech Talk entitled, Why Does Sugata Mitra Anger So Many Educators, interesting!  If you aren’t familiar with the work of Sugata Mitra, view some of his TED Talks here.

Participants in the Ed Tech Talk include Dave Cormier, Jeff LebowJennifer MadrellGraham StanleyJohn Schinker.  They discuss Sugata Mitra’s concept of Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE), but conversation goes beyond Mitra’s views.  Their discussion leaves room for reflection for the future of education in K-12 and higher ed.  Dave Cormier wrote two related posts The Rise of SOLEs (Part 1): The Decline of the Webquest and The Rise of the SOLES (Part 2): At the Heart of a SOLE.  These put some of their conversation into context.

What are some of your take-aways?  What points do you agree and disagree with? Watch it and share your thoughts here or in person with another educator.

(Cross posted on WTME)


“Always be yourself unless you can be Batman.  Then always be Batman.”  This is the segue into my NCCE 2014 presentation.  The basic concept of the presentation is giving underrepresented students a voice, bringing out the super hero in them, and allowing them to speak on topics of interest to them through the use of emerging technologies. The inspiration of this presentation is from the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institutions (OMLI) I’ve participated in at OSU for the past five summers.  The presentation includes high school participant video and blog examples from the OMLI and reflects on tech integration from the perspective of a learning educator.  Check out the Prezi presentationand let me know if you’re interested in knowing more about the program or tech used to give learners a voice.

How are emerging technologies enhancing learning in your course, program, or work?  Let me know if you would like to share.

At the licensure meeting in January, I shared the Alan November video below along with a Prezi presentation entitled Beginning Conversations.  If you missed either of these or would like to explore more on your own time, here’s an opportunity.

Watch the Alan November TEDx Presentation:

What big picture concepts do you see?  Do you agree/disagree?  Does any of this apply to your instructional setting or that of your learners?

Alan November also has some excellent stories and materials related to information literacy.  Don’t miss his Teaching Zack to Think article.  Try taking his information literacy quiz!  Here are some more resources I have compiled on information literacy.

Just for fun because I enjoy sharing it, here’s a video my kiddo helped me pull together after my Tech for Educators class had a discussion about the above Alan November video.

Here’s some info. on programs that were used to create the video.

I’ll continue to pull out learning technologies, larger big picture concepts that can generate discussion, the tools, and how-to’s, on this site.  Stay tuned and contact me if you’d like to contribute.