A Wealth of Web and iPad apps to help with Teaching the Common Core Literacy Strands Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 […]
In 2011, we explored how homelessness shaped student and families’ K–12 schooling experiences in a medium-sized Midwestern city. We gathered longitudinal district data and conducted 132 semi-structured interviews with school employees, parents experiencing homelessness, and community providers. Our study led to myriad findings on the diversity of homelessness, educational resource access, and parental engagement. While […]
Over the past months I have been thinking a lot about why institutions do business with one vendor versus another. Perhaps, as a decision-maker or influencer, you are also thinking about why you do business with one vendor versus another.
While it's not generally acceptable conversation, I firmly believe that honest and trustworthy people do business or "select" vendors that they believe they can trust. We are all at the mercy of those that we...
The economic recession that began in 2008 magnified the issue of student and family residential instability in the United States. Homeless and highly mobile students face multiple personal and educational challenges that negatively impact their access to school. Scholars, policymakers, and advocates have worked to protect the educational rights of these students for decades. Given […]
Student Use and Behavior Analysis Shows Positive Results from Methodical 1:1 iPad Program Implementation The Franklin Academy High School in North Carolina initiated a 1:1 iPad program at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the following two years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades (9-12) in the high […]
I’m now in England, about to attend the EDEN Research Workshop on research into online learning that starts tomorrow (Sunday) in Oxford, with the event being hosted by the UK Open University, one of the main sources of systematic research in online learning. (EDEN is the European Distance and e-Learning Network) This is one of my favourite […]
Are Your Lessons Interesting, Engaging, and Maybe Even a Little Fun? The days of overly long, bored-to-tears lectures are drawing to an overdue end. There are so many tools and techniques at our disposal to make learning more active and encourage more student participation and ownership of learning. Get students thinking, moving, and creating … […]
Just before I switched to my current advisor a little over halfway through my program, I received this from him in an email: The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she […]
Night and day. Yet in the midst of all this talk of change, one aspect of online higher education has remained virtually unchanged since the 1990s: the way that traditional colleges and universities go about designing, creating, and financing in-house online course development.
Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball, regardless of his performance in October. He, too, plays for “your Los Angeles Dodgers.” Since my previous blog was about sports and athleticism, let me add a few thoughts about the sort of role model Kershaw is and what it’s made me think about with […]