Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Anyone who deals with children knows about the epidemic in autism and its lesser form Asberger's Syndrome. For reasons that are unclear, the number of cases have exploded in recent years, so much so that some school districts are developing special programs to deal with these children who are often exceptionally gifted, but socially challenged.
Monday, December 04, 2006
I recently joined the eLearning Guild because it seems to provide the best forum for reasearch and discussion that I've found since the demise of IICS. The online blogging world itself actually provides the most dynamic source of inspiration to me through the blogs of Stephen Downey and David Pogue.
What do I think the blogging world has to contribute to my personal evolution as an instructional and hypertext developer? All of these people seem to have more time to surf the web than I do, better access to beta versions of the latest technology, and a verbosity that I seldom allow myself.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
real women. virtual community
A long time ago, girl geeks dreamed of a world where they could go and not be hit on, or sent for coffee. Herdomain provides such a place. Women can ask questions without anybody trying to get in an argument about which platform she should be using or why her choice was inferior to someone elses.
This is a community where women share tech problems, ask questions, and offer their expertise, in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. When we started as mere novices in the virtual world, we talked about avatars, newgroups, deja vu, html, photoshop, ways in which print design differed from the dynamics of the web, and how to find a good car mechanic.
Now we talk about PHP, Dreamweaver, content management, ISP issues, client/SME relations, and good car mechanics. Some things never change.
Personally, I'm a designer who used to program. I'm a teacher who loves to learn. And I'm a geek who wants to play with the latest technogadget. I hope to always stay current by listening, learning, and sharing what I know. And making money along the way helps me keep score.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
I believe we have payed too little attention to neuroscience in teaching AND learning. From my Ed Psych days, I remember that creating schema and forming patterns of thought and behavior are essential to learning. But we also discovered that problem-solving itself can become rote, and often a problem that requires a different strategy than one routinely practiced, can pose a stumbling block to less-skilled or less-informed learners -- those novices we are always trying to teach.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Defensive Driving Classes, Online, in person, comedic, whatever . . . These are rarely fun, rarely interactive (except perhaps, in a classroom with a teacher with passion for the subject matter and an intereactive pedagogy).
But of course, the purpose is not instruction. It's punishment under the guise of instruction.
Made me think of the bumper sticker I almost bought for myself today:
OH NO! Not another Learning Experience!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Discuss the following:
Holy is to Sacred as Truth is to Reality.
Now that would set your mind working.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
One of the solutions
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Training to do a new job is a very good way to flex your learning muscles. Having work free-lance in eLearning development for the last oh so many years, I decided it was time to take a break from self-employment and settle into a steady, predictable paycheck, more or less ;-)
As though anything were predictable these days.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
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