I started this particular blog to discuss not so much what I was learning at Full Sail, but more importantly how I was learning it. The problem was that the program at Full Sail didn’t seem all that revolutionary to me. We were doing online webinars with the teacher, reading blogs and web articles for class assignments, doing research on Google, and using content from all over the web not just stuff produced internally at Full Sail. I thought, what is so revolutionary about this I’ve been doing all this on my own for years. Then I realized something, in the educational system in America this is all considered cutting edge! [Read more →]
When I was in school this is exactly what I would have loved as a student. I want an opportunity to teach students like this. I believe this environment is more beneficial and more effective than a classroom could ever be.
Let me say that I am not a teacher. I’m a parent and a full-time college student majoring in Internet Marketing. I attend a university that has a physical campus but I have never seen it with my own eyes. I attend all of my classes online. My classes are not lectures recorded in a classroom and then put on the web for the online students. We have specially recorded content that is much shorter and designed for people who may not want or need an hour long lecture. Our assignments are project based and require us to go online and find resources to solve them. Next month we are going to go completely paperless and our books will be e-books. My school has completely rethought what it means to be a student and how to teach. They learned from the students, watched how they learn, and asked them what they needed. [Read more →]
I’m sure if you have been watching YouTube any length of time you have seen lip-dub videos. Many of them are made in the editing and this one is no exception. But watch closely. This was filmed in ONE LONG SHOT. The preparation must have been immense. Think about how hard, and expensive, this would have been if you had to use film. The tech tools we have available to us today put projects like this in reach of almost anyone. [Read more →]
You have all seen the “Did You Know Video” by now. It has been updated for 2009 and the new version is below. The info in that video is one of the things that caused me to pursue the bachelor’s degree that I am a currently working on. As a learned more about it, and as my daughter started first grade, I realized the potential these concepts had to change education. [Read more →]
Technology not only makes teaching easier it creates entirely new ways to teach. We need to rethink education and schools in this new connected culture. We need to look at every device (computer, iPod, phone, etc..) as a learning tool. Instead of blocking access to devices and sites in school we need to think about how to we can use them to teach students.
We face some very real challenges in the public education system in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina gave us a unique and wonderful opportunity to make incredible sweeping changes in the the public school system here. This video shows some of the people involved and what they feel these changes could do for New Orleans.
disclosure: I live in neighboring Jefferson parish and send my daughter to the public school there.
I recently moved my daughter from a private catholic school to the public school system. I won’t go into why in this post but I did want to give you some indication of the tech that is available in our district. Much if this was not available at the private school she was attending.