Category: teacher education

eHealth Challenge encourages kids to develop multimedia that educates children about cancer & healthy living

From my Inbox.  So many of you touch children and students’ lives, this would be a great project to become involved in: Dear colleagues, Our International Outreach Program has been developing a community outreach program since 2006 to educate school children about cells, cancer, and healthy living.  In 2010 we hosted our first eHealth competition

Sign up now to participate in the WordSmith 2012 Writing Olympics

From my Inbox today: The U of M Department of English and the Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers of English invite the best student writers in the Memphis and Shelby County area in grades 7-12 to participate in WordSmith Writing Olympics 2012 on Feb. 12 in the U of M UC Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. All

UofM Mobile computing conference is here!

I am coming off of two full days of Google Apps training, so I’m a little tired.  But I am so excited that the University of Memphis Conference on Mobile Teaching and Learning is finally here! I am really looking forward to speaking with folks from K-12 public and private schools, as well as higher

What’s the harm?

What’s the harm? Is there really any harm in continuing to emphasize basic reading and math skills? We know the statistics for struggling readers, who are below grade level, need help.  We also know that reading skills are critical predictors of successes with social studies and science.  This type of curriculum was successful for my

Upgrading my plans for electronic portfolios #edtech

Next week, I begin teaching a 7-week online course on integrating the Internet into teaching and learning.  This is one of four courses required for a graduate certificate for K-12 instructional computing applications.  Like most faculty members, I am constantly evolving my projects.  In this one, I am upgrading the electronic portfolio for this course,

Call for Book Chapters: Teacher Ed and Online Learning

In my email today, I received this notice from a friend of mine about a call for book chapters that his colleagues were editing.  This sounds like an interesting topic and an opportunity for publishing student research in teacher education.  Here’s an excerpt from the call: Over the past decade, teacher candidates have used the

Why referencing is important

This morning I was reading Tom Barrett’s blog over at  He recounts a story about Creative Commons licensing that went terribly awry.  Tom is a former classroom teacher and educational technology evangelist.  In fact, he and his colleagues originated a series of Google Docs presentations that are know world wide for ideas to use

Using Posterous with Students’ Cellphone, Smartphones & Other Mobile Devices

I love Posterous. It’s dead simple sharing. I used to say dead simple blogging, but it’s more about sharing than it is about blogging. But Posterous is designed to only work with only one cellphone number, which just doesn’t work in a classroom that you’re trying to take advantage of students’ mobile devices like cellphones,

A vision of students today

[youtube][/youtube] Consider this video: “A Vision of Students Today.” While this is indicative of college students, what does this mean for learners in your context? In addition, the Pew Research Center recently reported: Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second. Some

K-12 Education: Moving from the Schoolhouse to the Superhighway

Guest Blogger PostOn March 9, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced via Twitter that Memphis was filing an application for Google Fiber for Communities. This initial tweet was followed with a post on the mayor’s blog From the Mayor’s Desk. In his blog post, Wharton asks you to “Imagine a promising inner-city 7th-grader collaborating with classmates around the world while watching a live university lecture.” Wharton is asking his readers to imagine e-learning in our K-12 classrooms. This call to imagine e-learning in Memphis classrooms comes less than a week after the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released a draft of their National Educational Technology Plan 2010 titled “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology“. This plan calls for readers to embrace the use of e-learning as the catalyst that will propel our schools through the 21st century. With this political focus being put on e-learning, let’s explore how this will look in the K-12 classroom. First we will define e-learning, next we will look at a few of its benefits, then we will note a few barriers to its implementation.