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The potential valuation for Blackboard is interesting and, if they do sell, the final number will have a big ripple effect on valuations throughout the market. #ns
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We're kicking off Week 3 of #NTPoC -- The power of Connections -- and this week's topic is "The Power of Openness. We'll be looking at student engagement through the lens of open pedagogy, open content, and open networks. As usual, we'll attempt to do tis through our own model of engagement, which combines dialogues, improvisations, and artifact challenges. It doesn't matter if you've participated in earlier units. You can jump right in this week and join +Laura Gibbs+Stacy Zemke  and me as we talk about openness! #ns
Welcome to Week 3 of Power of Connections. We’ve opened up the content for Unit 3 and, with this unit, are focusing on “The power of Openness.”We’ll be exploring that topic by looking at open content, open networks, and open ...
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And what a great time he is about to have with Galileo: I saw all the news coverage of the Tower this weekend!!!
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Okay, so I finally found some time to dash off my response to this week's #NToC Artifact Challenge about creating a personal archive. I chose to do this by capturing my personal computing history. Lots of nostalgia here, although mixed in with healthy doses of realization that my fondness for many of these machines has grown in proportion to the amount of time that has passed since I was forced to use them. #ns
Stacy Zemke created a great Artifact Challenge for Unit 2 of our Power of Connections learning experience -- Framing Connections Through a Personal Archive. The task is to make connections with your past by creating either a ...
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The ideas explored in this article are key components of our #NTPoC learning experience -- student agency/choice, student personalization and ownership of content.
 
"I’ve found that an effective approach to my teaching is to stop imagining that there is a bulleted list of content that I must get through or list of technology tools students should use and to instead do my best to relinquish control to the students." #ns
Let’s expose students to what…is effective: helping them discover their learning process and making intentional choices during their writing/design process.
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Okay, so my wife (Vicky Woodward) and I had a bit if mashup fun yesterday and created this as part of our play with improvisation for #NTPOC . I think this is the type of "news" that everyone can enjoy!
I've been working on a new feature for the Learning Lot and am happy to roll it out today. So here, in the the maiden voyage of The Mashup Report, I present an interview with MOOC visionary and expert, Dr. Simon Lafoon.  Hope...
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Interesting approach to developing institutional digital materials for undergraduate courses.
 
The university has partnered with digital textbook developer Words & Numbers to aid in the publishing process. 'They helped pull together peer reviewers from across the country,' Blaine explained. 'We wanted to go through the same amount of rigor that a traditional textbook company would go through for producing content. We want to make sure we are producing something that at the very minimum serves students at the same level as traditional content, and hopefully serve them even better.'

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Jackson State University's cyberlearning project combines ubiquitous iPads for students with faculty training, a revamped curriculum and digital textbook development.
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The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is a gold mine when it comes to models for improvisation and problem solving. It is also provides reusable frameworks for promoting collaboration. #NTPoC #ns
By now, everyone knows that I am a huge fan of using improvisations as a way to model student creation and ownership. They are also useful from a teaching perspective because they are generally abstractions, that is they adap...
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I'm showing a couple of clips from this tomorrow, and it's a fabulous movie for modeling critical thinking. I have not seen te episode you shared. Will do so.
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We had a great #NTPoC Twitter chat on Friday. The topic was student engagement and, as always, I left the chat with new perspectives and some great ideas. Many thanks to all those who participated! #ns
We had our first #NTPoC Twitter chat this past Friday, July 25, 2015. I created this Storify using tweets tagged with #NTPoC, so some conversations may be missing a tweet or two. Here is the Storify page. The topic: STUDENT E...
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+Laura Gibbs posted this in response to this week's #NTPoC imrpov (A New Language in 25 Words), and she also suggests the extension of combining different lists from participants. I love this idea. Get in on the fun and we'll start mashing up some interesting possibilities. #ns
What a fun and weird improv challenge for #NTPoC today! Here is my new language in just 25 words. I am curious if the whole
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Okay, this week's improv challenge is to create a new language that contains only 25 words. There are additional constraints (you need to read the mission and you have only 10 minutes to come up with your list), but this a fun way to look at facilitating student engagement through improvs (that can be modified and used across different disciplines or teaching environments). Here is my attempt.
 

big, water, food, not, mother, love, run, eat, work, go, see, sleep, remember, I, beautiful, night, sun, sweet, bright, sharp, square, long, tree, rock, God
 
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In the video interviews at the beginning of this unit, we heard both Emilee Little and Chris Brewster talk about the importance of identify and self-connection. As we’ve seen and discussed, self-connection is a critical step ...
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Getting an early start on #NTPoC today from the OKC airport (on my way to Boston). It's going to be a great week with lots of fun activity and discussion.
Welcome to Unit 2, everyone! Our theme this week is “The Power of Connections,” and we’re going to be exploring the importance of both self-reflection and collaboration when it comes to student engagement. A great way to s...
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One of the primary themes of our Power of Connections learning experience is allowing learners to personalize and take ownership of information. This post on makerspaces is a great example of how schools can engage students and empower them to augment the curriculum.

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The creative possibilities of a school makerspace will become obvious once you find the space, find the money, find the tools, and find the students.
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    Spanish, 1985 - 1992
  • Abilene Christian University
    Spanish, 1977 - 1981
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    Spansih, 1981 - 1983
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