Friday, December 14, 2018

Proud Graduate

What a surprise it was to run into Rebecca Pietrowski (EDMT Class of 2014) who is now working at EMU as an Instructional Designer. She guided a few colleagues through the latest tools for improving the look and feel of Canvas courses. Well done and welcome to EMU.

Rebecca (left) with EMU's John Breunger

Monday, November 26, 2018

Coding for Kids

I've been learning how to do simple programming using some of the devices students are using in classrooms today. Below, I learned how to create a thermometer using a little device called a Microbit.  

Here is a video I made when I finally got it to work. Next step, create something using the compass and the built-in accelerometer.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Digital Citizenship

Last summer, at the ISTE Conference in Chicago, CEO Richard Culatta reminded the audience at the first keynote that Digital Citizenship is Not a List of Don’ts.

While developing a talk on Digital Citizenship, I came across a blog posting that I wanted to share. The author reminds us that it is not a one time lesson at the beginning of the year and that the work continues all year (

Saturday, November 10, 2018

When you ask your students for help . . .

I was invited to create a one-credit class called "Emerging Technologies in Teaching" which will run this Winter. I wanted the perspective of my students so I asked Sean Mason (not shown) and Stacey Fenton (below) to drop what they were doing in LTEC 632 and give me some ideas.

Sean has been filling a spreadsheet with fantastic readings and suggestions for activities and yesterday, over coffee, Stacey Fenton and I sketched out a fantastic strategy we will use. 

Collaboration works.

McVey and Fenton wrapping the brainstorming with a selfie

ISTE's Award

Last week, at a conference (ECOO and BIT) in Ontario, I was honored to present ISTE's Making IT Happen jacket to Kim Gill, a legend in Canadian Ed Tech. I'm thoroughly enjoying my work on the Board of Directors.

Friday, November 2, 2018

5 emerging technologies that will 'disrupt' education over the next 5 years

5 Technologies that will disrupt (influence what we teach and students learn) education over the next 5 years
(per Braid Waid at the Mercy High Tech Talk on 11.2.18)
  • AR (mass appeal; most appropriate for education; cheaper, easier to use)
  • VR (high immersive experience to the individual)
  • MR (Pikachu; the digital asset understands its environment)
  • ML (machine learning) computers having the ability to learn without being specifically programmed; device recognizes your patterns and makes predictions
  • AI - an intelligent agent that perceives its environment and makes decisions to maximize the chances of achieving its goals (e.g., Alexa, Siri, Google Home & formerly Microsoft’s PaperClip)
Some of these are in use today. What do you think about this? How has it affected you? How will it influence your teaching?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Teachers as Entrepreneurs

Today I met with a teacher, Jodi McMaster, at Harvest Elementary School in Saline, Michigan. A few years ago she had a breakthrough and developed an activity to teach vowel sounds to young children.

She then published her work privately and has sold thousands of books and hundreds of kits. Haven't we all had some good ideas we wanted to share with the world? I would urge all of you to consider stepping out of that zone of safety you may have created.

The vowels interact in the funniest of ways
Her kit is beginning to get very popular and today representatives from state government, local government, and EMU (I'm the bald guy), got to see her kit at work with her students.

LTEC Program Update

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that as of Fall 2018, the LTEC/COLT graduate programs have been shelved and we will no longer be ...