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Welcome to my ePortfolio! The stream below contains posts from my Blogger site and social media. It is intended to document my experiences as an educator and M.Ed. student, and also demonstrate my personal philosophy and interests. Check out my Techie Tips & Tools and to learn more about me, visit my About page.

Elements of Digital Citizenship

12.21.2018

The proliferation of new forms of technology and media in the 21st century, such as smartphones and social media, has left us in a new age of innovation in our lifestyles, bringing with it a digital world. The natives of this new world are Generation Z, the generation born around the turn of the millennium and the years after...

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Cyberbullying - A Reflection on a Societal Issue

12.20.2018

In the social media age, cyber bullying has become an issue of great significance that has to be addressed not only by educators, but by our societal leaders. Cyberbullying can be defined as willful, repeated and aggressive acts conducted by an individual or a group over electronic media, in a situation of social power imbalance, intended to cause intimidation, embarrassment and emotional distress in a victim who cannot easily defend themselves...

Educators and Mass Media

12.16.2018

As educators we need to be mindful when using the work of others, and also appropriately model this to our students. This is part of practicing and modeling ethical behavior, which is important to the idea of citizenship, both digital and not. The two major behaviors we need to avoid when using works created by others are plagiarism and copyright infringement...

Understanding the Impact of Technology

12.15.2018

The proliferation of internet connected devices and digital media has made technology an integral part of contemporary life in the developed world, with practically every daily human endeavor having the ability to being augmented by technology...

Learning Fundamentals

09.23.2018

The "learning fundamentals" expressed by Peter Gray serve as an eye-opening look at the state of today’s educational culture: we seem to be doing almost everything completely contradictory to what he advises...

Online Instruction: Teaching the Learners and the Teachers

08.19.2018

I think that our goal as instructors is to take the best aspects of objectivism, constructivism, and connectivism, discussed by Bates in Teaching the Digital Age, and apply those the courses we teach...

Lecturers and Cognitive Overload

08.17.2018

There has been a lot of discussion over the place of lecturer in the classroom, especially in the digital age, when there are so many other possible learning activities that are available due to technology. One thing that we need to remember is that not all lectures are the same; lecturing and can vary in how engaging and useful it is to students...

Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

08.01.2018

For a five week online course I am developing as a student in an Instructional Design in Online Learning course I’m planning on implementing some of the ideas I discussed in my innovation plan and researched for my literature review...

Examining Seven Life Skills 06.30.2018

Innovation strategies depend not on reinventing the wheel, but on implementing the strategies into existing educational frameworks. I think that as agents of innovation, we as educators are trying to achieve most of the same goals as as the ones laid out by our organizations, but are advocating “new and improved” ways of doing so. The lists of skills developed respectively by Tony Wagner and Ellen Galinsky, are a great reminder of what we seek to cultivate in the students...

Leading Organizational Change

05.14.2018

As part of my coursework in Leading Organizational Change at Lamar University, I explored current leadership theories and practices for digital learning and institutional change in educational systems. Our course learning goal was to equip ourselves to be differentiated leaders who can address the inevitable resistance to change that will occur when launching innovative digital learning initiatives...

Self-differentiated Leadership and Crucial Conversations

05.13.2018

In my time as an educator, I have come to recognize more and more that a large part of being an innovator is being a leader, not just a person who has great ideas...

Reimagining my Innovation Plan and the Why? 04.21.2018

As a student in the DLL program at Lamar, an innovation plan and its implementation in the setting of my professional organization are a big part of the learning and leading activities of my coursework. However, I have undergone a change in my professional role since I entered the DLL program...

A Vision for Change 02.19.2018

The idea of being an innovative educator can seem intimidating because those words create the perception that you have to implement extremely elaborate and ambitious educational programs to be one. However, I think an educator can practice innovation just by taking some small steps to improve teaching and learning experiences...

Communicating a Message of Change 02.17.2018

After watching The Power of Words I do feel that our problem in today's world is not the lack of information; with technology most of our society has practically every fact known to man in history at their fingertips. What they need is help with interpreting facts, knowing how the facts affect them, and which facts should be important to them...

Innovation Plan 02.16.2018

As part of my coursework in EDLD 5305, Disruptive Innovation in Education, I designed an innovation plan that would improve teaching and learning outcomes in my content area by integrating technology into my organization's instructional practice. This innovative practice is disruptive because it is being initiated by a small group focused on improving student outcomes in our specific content area, but could serve as model that will influence the larger institution at all levels...

Innovation and "Now-ism" 02.04.2018

From the examples of innovation seen in the presentations by Joi Ito and Monique Markoff, we can see that innovative technology and practices often come from those who have few resources and are not part of major institutions. Those who are innovating are living in the moment and coming up with ideas to find solutions for the needs and challenges they see in their present...

Progressive Education 01.27.2018

Viewing a video from the 1940’s discussing progressive education, I do recognize a lot of of the language as similar to that used in discussing educational innovation today. The video shows students repeating multiplication tables, states and dates from history. Instead of learning by rote and memorization, the video advocates learning by doing and learning by solving practical problems, which is what most education advocates say today...

Disruptive Innovation in Education 01.22.2018

Disruptive innovation is a term that was originally coined in 1995 in the field of business administration by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. It refers to the process by which a service or product initially thrives at the bottom end of the market by providing a lower cost product that can fill unfulfilled demand, and then is sought after and disperses throughout market, eventually displacing the established providers of the service or product...

The Need for a Learning Revolution 01.22.2018

Upon viewing Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk , I do agree with his central argument of shifting away from a one size fits all system of education to more personalized learning environments...

MLK Day 2018 01.15.2018

#Inspiration

Throwback Thursday 12.21.2017 #TBT

ePortfolio showcase 12.20.2017

It was helpful to look at ePortfolios made by other Digital Learning and Leading students when I was considering what site platform to use and how to organize and format my information...

Climate change... in a science teacher's backyard 12.20.2017

Looking around my backyard on a no longer surprisingly warm December day in Houston, I could have easily thought that I was outside on a balmy spring afternoon...

Ownership of ePortfolio 12.10.2017

It is clear to me that ownership is a crucial aspect of the ePortfolio process because of the agency it gives the owner to make meaning of the process and product of ePortfolio...

Why use ePortfolios? 12.10.2017

While reviewing Helen Barrett’s 2015 presentation on ePortfolios, I noticed that she defines the ePortfolio as both a process and a product...

How I got started with ePortfolio 11.26.2017

When I entered . the Digital Learning & Leading program, I was conscious of the requirement to build and maintain an ePortfolio, so I created all my assignments in a format that would look good in an ePortfolio...

ePortfolio and my DLL journey so far 11.09.2017

Learning about the COVA model has helped me to refine and articulate my knowledge and ideas about education. The use of ePortfolio allows me to practice the COVA model myself as a student, and experience a more personalized learning environment...

Sharing some interesting education related quotes... 11.06.2017

Personal Learning Networks 11.03.2017

I joined two new PLNs for this week's assignment and discussion and will elaborate on those as well as one I already belonged to...

The COVA learning approach 10.28.2017

Using the COVA learning approach while being a student in this program might impact my learning in the following ways...

Growth mindset in technology integration + Universal Design for Learning 10.20.2017

As I have read Mindset and have looked over the other course materials, I have been thinking about my mindset in terms of my education, relationships, career and other interests...

Mindset and the message of "yet" 10.12.2017

The message of “yet” (or “not yet”) to a student tells them that are on their way, on a “path to the future”, as described by Carol Dweck. A failure or an obstacle can be looked at as an opportunity for a new beginning instead of an end...