I think educational technology/distance learning is the newest and most exciting chapter in education for a looooong time. If you look back at education 100 years ago, it is not very different at all from the way we teach now - huge classes of students of widely varying ability levels; teachers have limited quality interaction with their students. But distance ed allows for more targeted instruction and is incredibly stimulating for students. And while I don't recommend it as the only mode of instruction, I think it's a strategy that is simply long overdue. Looks like we're finally moving ahead in how to best teach so that kids actually learn...
I spend my days crafting clever methodologies to get my point across in a training of some sort. Interactive games, activities, grouping exercises. A colleague told me that none of it matters - that training is old hat - that knowledge management is the new method of teaching new knowledge and skills.
In 2000, Dede Bonner wrote in her book, Leading Knowledge Management and Learning, there is "... a mindset of continuous learning stimulates employee performance and replaces the old paradigm of training. these changes are going to require that each organization develop its own unique knowledge and learning strategies….”
Well, my colleague, who I suspect may actually even be right - couldn't even define knowledge management. We have a ways to go...
Here's a great little tool that I designed and use frequently in training teachers and trainers. On the left in the yellow boxes are appropriate verbs to use in writing objectives to the various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. On the right in the green boxes are question stems to question learners at various levels of the taxonomy.
Ahh - the sometimes lonely existence of a curriculum writer. When I first moved from the school environment to the outside world (hey - other folks need curriculum too!), there wasn't a whole lot of accessible stuff out there. Here's my attempt to pull some good curriculum stuff together and share with whomever deems it appropriate.
An educator nomad traveling and teaching her way around the world. Fun stuff.