How Technology Shapes Understanding: The Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom swaps what students do in the traditional classroom and what they do outside of class.

Currently here in the Technology Integration Center at the W&M School of Education, we’re developing new ways to make it easier for instructors to flip their classroom instruction. We currently are getting requests from faculty asking “How can I reach my students better?” or “How can I flip my class?” and we’re more than happy […]

Mozilla Webmaker Part 3: Making and Using Web Projects

Some of the projects available on Mozilla Webmaker.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards education, meant to help people become more Web-literate. This is part three of my three-part series on Mozilla Webmaker, and in it I’ll talk […]

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Part 2: Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom

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Julie and I are both teaching sections of Designs for Technology-Enhanced Learning courses this semester. These courses are for elementary pre-service teachers, and they’re given an introduction to computer-based instructional technologies, curriculum-based planning with technology, and emerging trends and issues in educational technology. One of the tools we’ve decided to use in our sections is Twitter. We’ve learned some important things about getting started using Twitter for a class that we’d like to share with you in this post.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Part 1: Engage Beyond the Walls of the Classroom with Twitter

Are you as ready to tweet as this guy is? Don't worry, you will be!

I and post co-author Julie K. Marsh have started using Twitter as one of our class tools to help students (and future K-12 school teachers) learn how to manage their Web presence. With 140 characters in each tweet, Twitter allows students the ability to extend or participate in class discussion by commenting, questioning, and sharing their opinions in a medium they find easy to use. Our students will be in their first professional job by this time next year. With this in mind, we’ve encouraged students to use Twitter to connect and engage with other educators as well as to build their own Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).

Mozilla Webmaker Part 2: Web Tools

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Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. In the last post in this series on Mozilla Webmaker, I went over some reasons why you might want to use Webmaker for a class assignment. In this post, I’ll cover a few of the nifty Mozilla tools available. Next week, in the final post in this series, I’ll talk about some of the project assignments available and how to go about making your own.

5 Reasons to Use Blackboard’s Online Quizzes

With online quizzes, say goodbye to piles of quizzes to grade by hand.

After using online quizzes for a few weeks already this semester in my Geology 101 course, I have five reasons why I think you should try it out.

Mozilla Webmaker Part 1: Easily Teach (and Learn) Web Skills

Image courtesy of Flickr user Joe Mabel.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox, has a useful new website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards teaching. Users of the site can create their own projects and post them on the site, remix existing projects, or are free to simply use existing projects. In this post, part one of my Mozilla Webmaker series, I’ll explain why you might want to think about assigning a Web-based project that involves coding or other content creation skills, and explain why Mozilla Webmaker is a great option for instructors.

Some Helpful Posts for the New Academic Year

With the beginning of the semester upon us, I thought I’d bring together some posts that may be helpful for getting going this academic year. If you’re looking for something different to do with your class this semester, you might want to think about Google Hangout, one of the easiest ways to do videoconferencing in […]

More Than Ten Years of E-Learning at W&M

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

This is a guest post by Michael Kelley, W&M Professor of Applied Science. Michael has been teaching courses at W&M using lecture-capture and distance learning technologies for over ten years. He writes about his experiences with e-learning, and about some of the changes in technology that have altered the accessibility of e-learning for instructors.

Photography for Study Abroad: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Monument to the War of 1812 -- a very photographable landmark in Cadiz, Spain.

This summer in Cadiz, Spain, I had the opportunity to teach photography to a group of 21 William & Mary student researchers, and, while it was challenging for everyone, I think we all learned a lot from the experience. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of our adventures. Francie Cate-Arries, W&M professor of […]