Posts Tagged With: instructional designer

5 Disruptive Education Trends That Address American Inequality | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

HI All! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get anything new up – I hope people have actually been reading what I post, so I’m sorry if you have and I fell short. I think you might like this article – it’s really interesting. It addresses many of the new trends I have seen at various levels of education: software that learns learning styles, MOOCs, Flipped Classrooms, Gamification, and online (Free) tutors. I’m not totally sold on MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) or learning software, but they are definitely on the horizon (and some of these are even mentioned in the Horizon Report – Gamification is given a “Time-to-adoption” of 2 – 3 years, and MOOCs are 1 year or less! I’m getting ready to take 2 myself, just to see how they work!

So – those of you who have been patiently waiting for me to show back up – what are your thoughts on this? Is it as exciting and scary as I think?? Will it help American Schools regain our standing in the world? Or at least keep us competitive?

5 Disruptive Education Trends That Address American Inequality | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

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I have heard the public school system identified as a workforce producer repeatedly in the past couple weeks, but I know most of our teachers are trying to nurture their students' creativity.  This guy is fun to listen to, and really lays it out well, I think.

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Millennial Students and Middle-aged Faculty: A Learner-centered Approach | Faculty Focus

Millennial Students and Middle-aged Faculty: A Learner-centered Approach | Faculty Focus.

A very interesting bit of insight from a “Digital Immigrant”   English teacher facing “Digital Natives” every day. I think we can ALL relate to this in some way, regardless of the level we teach!  Posted in Faculty Focus. March 18, 2013

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Thank you to Ms. Grelle…..

I just learned the name of the woman responsible for Maple Grove’s “Autism spectrum classroom” – Ms. Sheree Grelle.

(To be honest,  Mr. Finnane did tell me her name, but in my hurry to take notes, I did not get it written down, and I owe her an apology for that. I guess I would never make it as a reporter! )

So, to rectify my oversight, I have to say I wish I could take  all the parents (not just those with Special Needs kiddos)  into this room and show them the wonderful work she has done. I only got to see it very briefly, but I hope that my other projects (an online information “hub” for Special Needs families) will allow me to see more of this, and maybe even visit with her a bit in the future. In Mr. Finnane’s words, ” She has so much knowledge and passion[; she]  is really the individual responsible for this great initiative.”

And a great initiative it is – Thank you, Ms. Grelle, our kids really need your insight.

Now how do we clone you for our other schools…. 😉

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Allow me to introduce myself….

Connor, Logan, Mary Collynn and Mom making cookies in the kitchen

The family making cookies…

I am a wife, and I am a mother. I have a 13 year old in Warrensburg Middle School, an 11 year old in Sterling Elementary, and a 2 1/2 year old at home. I am extremely active in my faith, especially with the college students who frequent the Newman Center where my husband is Director. I am the Newman Mom – feeding them on the weekend and chasing them out when they should be studying.

I am a mom of a child with special needs. My younger son has Prader-Willi Syndrome, so I am very active in his daily life at school. I am invested in the quality of our Special Needs programs, so that is of course near to my heart. I also know ALL our kids have some special need – my teenager and 2 year old are proof of that. The needs are different, but they are just as important. My whole professional life (and much of my private life) is spent trying to make students’ and teachers’ jobs easier- as an English and Instructional Technology Instructor I try to teach college students, as an Instructional Designer and Education Technologist I try to help teachers teach, and as a private citizen, I am developing a new “informational hub” for special needs parents and professionals. I think communication and clarity of needs and expectations are two of the most important elements of any relationship, and education is no exception. It is my goal as a professional and as a parent to help improve that communication in any way I can!

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