50 FREE Open Courses on Teaching With Technology

Online Colleges and Universities has published a really useful list of open courses on teaching with technology. This comes at the right time as some of our budgets allow for little professional development. Some of the institutions represented in the list are:

MIT President, Charles M. Vest, anticipates that within ten years, lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments for over 2000 MIT classes will be freely available on the OCW Web site. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci540010,00.html

Among the list of 50 courses are:

Creativity, Community and ICT
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3623
This unit engages with the debates surrounding the term ‘creativity’ and explores ways in which ICT creates new opportunities for creativity and collaborative working.

Understanding Online Interaction
http://ocw.usu.edu/Instructional_Technology/understanding-online-interaction
This course is designed to provide an introductory level of understanding of the manner in which individuals interact with one another via the network.

Technologies for Creative Learning
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/media-arts-and-sciences/mas-714j-technologies-for-creative-learning-fall-2009/
This course explores the design of innovative educational technologies and creative learning environments, drawing on specific case studies such as the LEGO® Programmable Brick, Scratch software and Computer Clubhouse after-school learning centers.

Interactive Multimedia Production
http://ocw.usu.edu/Instructional_Technology/interactive-multimedia-production
This course familiarizes students with Macromedia Flash. Topics to be covered include fundamental programming concepts (variables, variable types, code re-use, commenting code, and basic control structures) in addition to the fundamentals of the flash environment.

Teaching Using Digital Video in Secondary Schools
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1543
This unit explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focusing on video in particular.

One or more of these FREE professional development opportunities may be of use to you or someone you know.
Check out the complete list at http://www.onlinecollegesanduniversities.com/2010/09/05/50-excellent-open-courses-on-teaching-with-technology/

Reinventing Yourself

Would you want to?

If you could stay exactly who you are in the physical world, but reinvent your digital identity, would you?

As I was sitting is Michael Wesch’s phenomenal keynote yesterday morning, I started thinking some more about my digital identity and jotted down some questions.
  • What would I do if I could go to a new school and reinvent myself?
  • Would I erase everything from the Cloud?
  • Would I include pictures of my children, family and friends online?
  • Would I share all of my lessons, presentations and my blog?
So I was watching the Tweets this morning from #BLC10 and saw the link for a site from MIT fly by. I had been meaning to check it out and when I got to the Keynote, I pulled it up and, unfortunately, got a little nauseous as I watched my life unfold before my eyes. http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html
One of the many statements that Michael Wesch said that will stay with me was that we should make our place in the world.  If you aren’t leaving breadcrumbs for your students, your friends, family and followers, why not? If you could reinvent yourself, what would you leave out, if anything? What would you add? Just some things to think about.

SAT Video Contest – It’s Not Too Late to Submit

brainyflixlogoIt’s not too late to urge your students to submit their videos to the nationwide contest that the MIT Alumni Association is sponsoring.  Students compete to produce fun, creative videos teaching SAT vocabulary.  They’re looking for short videos no longer than 2 min.
Once the videos have been submitted, they’ll allow viewers to vote on the videos, and they’ll award $600 in prize money to the video that receives the most number of votes.  $200 of the prize will go directly to the winner(s) and $400 to the class or school club chosen by that person(s).  To further encourage participation, they’ll give away 1 free iTunes song for every 5 videos a contestant submits or refers (up to the first 1,000 video submissions).

MIT began accepting video submissions January 1, but there is still plenty of time to submit your video(s)

You can sign up to receive an email reminder at http://www.BrainyFlix.com.

Other important dates are shown below:

– Video submission opens: 1/1/2009
– Video submission ends: 2/23/2009
– Voting opens: 3/1/2009
– Voting ends: 3/14/2009
– Winners announced: 3/20/2009
For more information, please visit http://www.BrainyFlix.com/main/contest_rules.
For any inquiries that aren’t answered there, contact Jack Yu at admin@brainyflix.com.
Good luck and feel free to leave a comment here with a link to your students’ video(s)!