Blackboard, Podcasting, and SKYPE, Oh My! Navigating Digital Tools in Teacher Preparation

By Christine Macfarlane

Just as Dorothy found herself in the strange world of OZ where things did not appear or work like they did in Kansas, teacher preparation candidates enrolled in distance learning, and technology-rich course environments often find themselves lost on the information highway and wondering what to make of OS (operating system). Candidates need a roadmap to facilitate acquisition of course content while utilizing a range of technology tools they may or may not be familiar and/or fluent in using. Similarly, university faculty members need expertise and options for implementing alternative course delivery methods. Distance learning is a necessary part of learning in today’s society. Continue reading

Internet 2.0 and the Learning Sciences: The Untold Story of a Timely Historical Meeting

By Mark Szymanski

“Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.” declares Google. Do this all; right now, for free, on any mobile device, from anywhere in the world at The Google Art Project [1].  How can this be possible? That is a fair question and a multifaceted answer. Continue reading