On my journey to become a better educator, I’ve continually heard about “instructional design.” However, it wasn’t until now, decades later, that I realize that what I’ve been contributing to my curriculum (and others) hasn’t really truly been design. I’ve been a technology instructional coach now for four years and only because of the work … Continue reading Empowering to Innovate through Design #IMMOOC
Why is design important? From the casual observer, there might not be a difference between something that is naturally created and something that is specifically designed. As a designer it can be difficult to recognize as well. When something is designed, it not only is appealing, but it also serves a specific purpose. For example, … Continue reading 6 Steps to Successful Instructional Design
Probably one of the most frustrating things in education is when small changes create entire paradigm shifts. It’s frustrating not because the shift is occurring, but because not many people acknowledge or adopt the shift. For example, our district has adopted the Google Apps for Education. It is a very versatile package that simulates Microsoft … Continue reading Shift Happens
What is it that draws us to Technology? As an educator, I find it interesting that while we have a theory of how people adopt technology (the innovation adoption curve of Rogers), we still don’t know why. Rogers’ curve says that there are five levels of adoption: Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and … Continue reading Technology vs Learning Adoption
During the World War Two era, there was a condition known as battle fatigue. It dealt with warriors who had been constantly bombarded with battle conditions for so long that they started having difficulty in coping with day-to-day activities. The symptoms were irritability, anger, depression, mood swings, and so forth. Now days it’s referred to … Continue reading Classroom Fatigue
How many times have you been reading on social media and seen the acronym SMHL wondering what it stands for? It means “shake my head laughing” and it is something I quietly do regularly at my job. You see, I help teachers design their lessons in order to increase engagement. While I am not laughing … Continue reading Inherent problems with the conceptual understanding of SAMR
Have you ever gone to an elegant restaurant where they have fancy place settings and wondered how people eat off of them? What is this fork for? Why do I have multiple knives? Are these for decoration or eating? And so forth … Well educational curriculum can be thought of in the same way. Most … Continue reading What’s for dinner tonight?