Today, I am excited to visit Union University with my friend and colleague Dr. Anna Clifford. We will be exploring using mobile computing devices for teaching and learning. I have put together a PBWorks page on my professional development wiki that aggregates a number of resources and links, so definitely check it out. Here’s the QR code, too, to that PBWorks page.

I was having a little fun with this workshop, so the title for this one is “It’s a phone! It’s a computer! No, it’s mobile learning!”  I have also embedded the slide deck that I will be using below, too.  So, I hope it’s helpful.

[slideshare id=12332942&doc=its-a-phone-for-ss-120410004430-phpapp02]

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at Union University’s Education Research Forum with Joanne Gikas, a former doctoral student, and Suha Tamim, a current doctoral student. Some friends and colleagues have sent to me some photos of our presentations, so I thought I would share.

I also found a great, quick, free little tool called Flickr Slideshow to put a set or group of photos from Flickr together.  I’m sure there are other fancier tools, but this one was ridiculously fast with no effort hardly at all.  I encourage you to try it out.


Created with flickr slideshow.

I am sharing an announcement that a colleague and former student shared with me.  I hope you’ll share it also.

The Union University School of Education will be hosting a FREE movie screening of Race to Nowhere.  The event will be held on October 18 at 6pm in the Grant Events Center on Union University’s Jackson, TN campus (1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305).  The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Tom Rosebrough, Executive Dean of the College of Education and Human Studies.

I am sending this message to personally invite you to the event, and I hope you will be able to attend.  The event is open to anyone interested in education.  So, I encourage you to share it with others who may also have interest in attending.

A reservation is required to attend the event, which can be completed online:  http://www.uu.edu/events/moreinfo.cfm?id=3523

Thank you,
Eric


Eric D. Marvin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Union University – Germantown
2745 Hacks Cross Road
Germantown, TN 38138-7507

I am so excited to be presenting at Union University‘s 5th annual Educational Research Forum today.  My dear friend and colleague Dr. Anna Clifford invited me to submit some proposals to present.  Together with some current and former students, we’ll be presenting three sessions for the Ed:Forum.  The links and info for our sessions are below.

  • Coming to Understand the Influences on and Artifacts of Learning
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. 

    Learning artifacts are tangible representations of an individual’s learning. However, they are limited in their ability to completely reflect all the learning by an individual. It is important to understand learning artifacts because learning and the products of learning are individualized for the learner and by the learner. By understanding the products of learning, as well as the developmental process of these products, there may be a more complete understanding of what has been learned by the individual. This manuscript attempts to understand the creation of learning artifacts, as well as the influences on learning artifacts. A model is proposed to understand how learning products are generated and an example case from our research is illustrated.

    >>> Download the paper.

    [slideshare id=9385407&doc=influencesandartifactsoflearning-110922231056-phpapp02]

  • The Promise of Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Affordances, Implementations, & Challenges
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. & Joanne Gikas, Ed.D. 

    Mobile teaching and learning in higher education is approaching a tipping point. One of the most significant promises of mobile learning is the ability for faculty members, teachers, and students to use their own mobile computing devices. In the US, 75% of American teens have cell phones and almost 30% have smartphones with Internet capabilities. In universities, the numbers appear to be much higher. It seems instructionally sound and fiscally prudent for institutions and faculty members to leverage the existing devices in which students are most comfortable. The purpose of this paper is to (1) critically examine the definitions and affordances of mobile learning in higher education, (2) identify the ways mobile teaching and learning have been and could be accomplished in higher education, (3) identify the challenges to implementing mobile teaching and learning in higher education.

    [slideshare id=9385123&doc=mobile-in-he-slidedeck-revised-110922223648-phpapp01]

  • Teaching with Web Tools: Characteristics, Implications, and Limitations
    Michael M. Grant, Ph.D. & Suha Tamim 

    Like the variety of Web 2.0 applications, theories of learning and instructional models are also primarily content independent. So it is left up to the teacher educator to match learner characteristics, content, pedagogy and technologies. This presentation will concentrate on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in contemporary constructivist and cognitivist learning environments. We will present the characteristics of Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning, including low threshold applications, a variety of tools and models, as well as access to tools and knowledge. Finally, we will identify the limitations and challenges that exist with using these tools, such as immature applications, longevity of applications, number of applications, unconsolidated services and security and ethics.

    >>> Download our paper.

    [slideshare id=9385081&doc=web2keynote-suha-110922223259-phpapp01]

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I just received my acceptance notices that I will be presenting at Union University’s Fifth Annual Research Forum. Yahoo! My dear friend and colleague Dr. Anna Clifford (whom I often visit and present to her students at Union University) informed me about this local conference opportunity, and she suggested I submit.  She thought my research areas on project-based learning, mobile learning, and technology-supported teaching and learning would fit well in this forum!

I will be presenting three presentations:

  1. Coming to Understand the Influences on and Artifacts of Learning
  2. The Promise of Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Affordances, Implementations & Challenges
  3. Teaching with Web Tools: Characteristics, Implications and Limitations

For those of you who are local around Memphis, then you may want to register for this conference.  Union University has a reputation of creating high quality learning experiences and doing events well.  So, I’m really looking forward to attending this year.  A former colleague of mine at UofM, Dianne Morgan, is also the chair for the forum this year.

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Today, I get to spend the day at Union University with Dr. Anna Clifford’s classes. Anna is always so generous and invites me to come visit with her students and share a little of my knowledge with them. For the past few times, we’ve been concentrating on Google Docs. But I think I’m going to throw in a little Wordle this time, too.

Below are the links and resources we’ll be using from my Resource Wiki hosted at PBWorks.

  1. Using Google Docs word processor
  2. Using Google Docs presentations
  3. Using Google Docs spreadsheet
  4. Creating forms and quizzes with Google Docs forms

And hopefully, we’ll have time to do a little Wordle, too, to see how we might use Wordle during class.

I just wanted to offer a quick, “Hello” to those of you who are in Dr. Clifford’s courses at Union University.  I know you guys will be dropping by, and I will be dropping  by to see you all tomorrow.  I hope you find the posts interesting and insightful.  Be sure to check out my bookmarks at the top of the page, where I have a lot of things for preservice K-12 teachers.  See you all soon.  Of course, if you have questions or comments, be sure to leave them.

Union University logoIt’s going to be a great Saturday morning! I get to spend the morning with some awesome teachers at Union University in Jackson, TN. So, “Good morning, Union!” or maybe it should be, “Google morning, Union!”  They are taking a weekend class with my dear friend Dr. Anna Clifford, and she asks me from time to time to come spend some time playing with them. I’m so honored that I get to come.  I love sharing and I get to learn something, too.

Today, we’re going to tooling around with Google Docs/Apps.  In particular, we’re going to take a look at Google Reader, Google Docs word processor, Google Docs presentations, Google Docs spreadsheets and Google Docs forms.  I hope we can get through it all.

If we don’t happen to make it through everything (and that’s okay, I always plan too much), here’s the links to the wiki pages I’ve created to go along with the workshop.  Anything we don’t get to will be accessible through these links, and please use them liberally.

  1. Using Google Reader
  2. Using Google Docs word processor
  3. Using Google Docs presentations
  4. Using Google Docs spreadsheet
  5. Creating forms and quizzes with Google Docs forms

And a Google Form for us to try.

Workshop at Union University
Image by michaelmgrant via Flickr

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Today, I’ll be spending class time with some exceptional preservice teachers at Union University in Jackson, TN, with Dr. Anna Clifford’s classes. I’ve been doing this for a couple of semesters now, and I always have a blast.  Here are some photos of previous sessions on Web 2.0.

Workshop at Union University
Image by michaelmgrant via Flickr

As part of her instructional design and technology integration courses, we’ll be talking about teaching and learning with Google Apps.  In particular, we’re going to take a look at Google Reader, Google Docs word processor, Google Docs presentations, Google Docs spreadsheets and Google Docs forms.  I hope we can get through it all.

If not, here’s the links to the wiki pages I’ve created to go along with the workshops.  Anything we don’t get to will be accessible through these links, and please use them liberally.

  1. Using Google Reader
  2. Using Google Docs word processor
  3. Using Google Docs presentations
  4. Using Google Docs spreadsheet
  5. Creating forms and quizzes with Google Docs forms
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