Thursday, November 21, 2013

Visual Turn • jonportfolio: The education spectrum

Visual Turn • jonportfolio: The education spectrum

The best training has always been interactive, informal, and social. Socrates proved that!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

eDidaktik | Inspiration and ideas for teaching

eDidaktik | Inspiration and ideas for teaching Interesting framework mono, poly, and didactic  Check out the MindMap software and other tools for teaching.

Friday, August 09, 2013

American Field Service AFS Texas 2012-13

One of the greatest experiences you can share is travel, education, family life, hospitality, a new perspective on just how culture and geography shape us.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Adversity in Learning

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?
Walt Whitman
US poet (1819 - 1892)

In other words, not all lessons are easy. Not all teachers are founts of wisdom or sensitivity. "Disputed passage."  One of my fave learning quotes, and manly poets.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Motivation, study habits -- not IQ -- determine growth in math achievement

Motivation, study habits -- not IQ -- determine growth in math achievement

Got this from Research blogger!  Love people who do meta-analyses.  The difference between our schools and other countries, I believe has to do with this. We focus on direct instruction and don't teach enough good study habits. If you're good at something, and it's competitive -- our schools tend to reward "perfection."  Learning requires making mistakes without penalty, except you're own awareness of how to correct it and why.

Monday, April 29, 2013

What we really need to improve education in Texas

Well-trained, mentored and coaching teachers. We lose too much talent. Less bureaucracy, testing, and administrative overhead.

From James T. Mangan's "You Can Do Anything" via

The process by which you reason is known as logic. Logic teaches you how to derive a previously unknown truth from the facts already at hand. Logic teaches you how to be sure whether what you think is true is really true. … Logic is the supreme avenue to intellectual truth. Don't ever despair of possessing a logical mind. You don't have to study it for years, read books and digest a mountain of data. All you have to remember is one word – compare. Compare all points in a proposition. Note the similarity – that tells you something new. Note the difference – that tells you something new. Then take the new things you've found and check them against established laws or principles. This is logic. This is reason. This is knowledge in its highest form.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Donald Clark Plan B: Top Ten Mistakes in eLearning

Donald Clark Plan B: Top Ten Mistakes in eLearning

Why are there always acronyms I don't know in blog posts?  What is an MCQ?


There are acronyms because if you teach, you must assess learning to measure your own effectiveness. Especially with adult learners.

I do think condescension is the worst offense. PPT decks help an audience stay focused and hopefully listening on one channel to the speaker who hopefully is not reading the deck. I think the most revolutionary thing about learning is that the TED talk has defined bite-size learning in the 20 Teens.  LMS's are not the answer, or lcms, or moocs or  diploma mills.

Learning is a process of growth. Education is a process of communication. ~ Stephen Downes said many years ago.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Video Editing for Learning

The quick and dirty on using video in the classroom. I realize this may be out of date by now, but then I am a little slow . . .