Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
We're excited. When I got back from AECT, Lori got out of bed when I came in the house (it was about 11:30 pm) and hugged me. She said, "We missed you. All five of us." I said, "I missed you, too. Wait--WHAT?" The funny thing about that is a few years ago I got back from AECT and she asked me to go to the doctor with her the following Thursday. I was like, "Why do I need to go to the doctor with you?" Yep, that was Andrew.
Yeah, I know, I'm dense.
The kids' reactions were priceless. We took Andrew with us to the doctor for the first visit and the ultrasound. When they brought up the ultrasound, I asked Drew what it was. "I don't know," he said.
"It's a baby, Andrew."
"I don't think so!"
"Where is the baby, Andrew?" I asked.
Andrew, looking at the ultrasound on the monitor, replied, "In the computer."
"No, Andrew, it's in Mom's belly."
Andrew looks at Lori and says, "I don't think so!"
Now he gets up every morning, hugs his mom, tells her good morning, crouches at her stomach and says in his sweet, three-year-old voice, "Good morning, baby!" He also tells it good night and an occasional secret.
When we told John and Natalie, John just sat there with his jaw on the floor for like ten minutes. I'm not sure what he was thinking, but he is very excited and is a WONDERFUL big brother. He'll be great.
Natalie's response? Now mind you Natalie is EXTREMELY sweet, but she has NO FILTERS. She will be nine next month, and NEVER THINKS BEFORE SPEAKING. She said, "OH! I hope it's a girl so we can have even numbers (of boys and girls in the family)." And then she followed it up with, "I hope it doesn't die!"
Um, neither do we, Natalie, neither do we. She's so sweet, and one day she'll be mad at me for even publishing that story.
At any rate, Lori and the baby are healthy, but morning sickness has been a beast this time. I'll keep everyone posted!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Star Wars: An a capella tribute to John Williams
Rhett and Link's Facebook Song:
Miami Univ. Facebook Song:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Some of the other schools that I've either attended or taught at had old libraries, but none of them was as cool as Edmond Low. It SMELLS like old books. As I was thinking about it today, I wondered: What books are you reading (or planning to read)? Here's what I've got going on right now (not counting my daily scripture reading):
Books I'm reading:
- Men of valor: The powerful impact of a righteous man, by Robert L. Millett
- Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate, by Ernest L. Boyer
- The ID case book: Case studies in instructional design, by Peggy A. Ertmer and James Quinn
- Golf: Lessons I learned while looking for my ball, by John Bytheway
Books I'm soon to pick up:
- Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer (and I don't mind admitting it!)
- Leadership, by Sterling W. Sill
- Jesus the Christ: A study of the Messiah and His mission, by James E. Talmage
- What engineers know and how they know it: Analytical studies from aeronautical history, by Walter G. Vincenti
So what about you? I know you must love books, too. What are you reading? What are you going to read? Any suggestions for me?
In the meantime, smell a book and enjoy!
Friday, November 7, 2008
This was the third and final keynote of the AECT conference. As always, my notes are in italics. I have to warn you. This one is quite long. See the notes after the jump:
Man, don’t ever start your presentation saying that you’re not sure if what you are saying is correct or not. YIKES!
What can we do to promote effective learning with Web 2.0 tools?
Reflect on our own practice. What do we do that works?
Key characteristics: dynamic, social, collaborative
Analyze learners, devise authentic tasks, provide necessary support and feedback, use self and peer evaluation
Where is this going? Oh, he said you become more a facilitator than an instructor. Interesting. That’s what my master’s thesis said in 1996.
Great. He’s talking constructivism and social learning theory. Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) theory and Connectivism. He’s talking about knowledge existing outside of us. Isn’t that wrong as far as constructivism goes?
Conceptual framework: social/collaborative; learner as designer; knowledge management.
I’m sitting in the wrong spot. This guy is standing RIGHT IN MY WAY, and I can’t see everything on his slides. Kind of funny actually.
I just wonder why people don’t just get to the point. No need to go to New York City by way of San Francisco . . .
How do learners become their own designers? How will they work to design meaningful instruction? As he goes through all this theory I don’t think anyone came to hear, I just wonder where this is going to go.
Phases of Web 2.0 ID:
Collaboration and Personalization
I wish you could see this model he has on PowerPoint. It makes Dick and Carey look user friendly. Seriously. Talk about the fog getting in the way of the game. I count 12 circles, three boxes, and three arrows. AMAZINGLY cluttered. I’ll be honest with you here. I’m so put off by just how it looks visually, that I’m not paying much attention to what it is that he is trying to say. This guy seems like a really nice guy, he also seems nervous, and I appreciate the fact that they are working and trying to add to the body of knowledge in the field, but this just isn’t sitting well with me.
How will the learners know how to create an authentic task? How do they know what the best tool for them to use is? Those seem to be big cognitive leaps for learners.
I’m not gonna lie. We’re ten minutes into this, and he’s lost me. I’m not sure that I’m willing to follow him down this road.
Interesting. As he talks about what the students thought when they used it, the students thought it was A LOT OF WORK. But yet, the students seemed to enjoy it.
One of the questions here the presenter is asking is whether or not we think this is a model. One guy here in the audience just responded, “if you think it’s a model, then it’s a model.” Um, I don’t think so.
Overall impression: Needs work.
Lamb from GA Southern: making movie trailers in foreign language instruction.
Movie maker? That’s a web 2.0 tool? Cool examples, though. She has these posted on her high school web page, but she hasn’t given us the URL . . .
Lloyd Reiber UGA: Google Forms, Zamzar
UGA requires a gmail account in their intro class and they use the Google Suite as their standard.
In Google Docs, go to create new form . . . ?
Holy Cow. I can’t wait to use this. This is incredibly easy. I can’t wait to use this! Didn’t I already say that? I don’t know why I’m so surprised. Google’s stuff is so much better than most anything else. I’ve got to show this to Jesse. He’s going to flip. This is so much easier than SharePoint. Man, this thing even takes the data and throws it right into a spreadsheet! Lloyd also suggest SurveyMonkey, which I know that Jesse has used.
Clif Mims U Memphis: Diigo
Clif uses Diigo in his classes. How could I do this and make it effective? I need to use the groups better. I also need to annotate and use tags better. That’s it. I’m a slacker once again.
Overall impression: YOU'LL NEVER KNOW ALL THE 2.0 TOOLS. I knew MovieMaker (which I don't consider web 2.0), Zamzar, and Diigo, but Google Forms is a revelation. YIPEE!
As always, my thoughts are in italics.
How can we use podcasts to create authentic, engaged learning?
Why doesn’t OSU have something like this? I know that there has to be enough faculty to merit this.
Can be authenticated through the CMS. Really? That’s cool.
WOW! These guys have ~7000 downloads a WEEK!
Here we go: How to do this:
University Level players:
Provost office (contract), Academic computing (setup), Public relations (design)
THERE ARE CONTRACTS TO BE SIGNED.
Issues: who is the target audience? What would they be interested in? what content do we have? What content can we produce? How will we manage the production and administration? What policies need to be established?
She keeps saying, “this isn’t to be entered into lightly.” Finally, she followed up with something: “It’s much different to do this than having one faculty member recording podcasts for their class and posting them up.”
iTunes initiatives awards at USF. 27 iPods for writing up an abstract on how they would implement podcasting into instruction—much like the online course creation workshop at OSU.
Dr. Michael Berson—David Bucker might be interested in what this guy does.
Other issues: intellectual property, releases (permission to publish, etc.), how should the podcasts be divided? By department or topics?
I wonder if OSU should have some faculty podcasting group or something like that . . . I need to get from Mark Jones the name of that guy at OSU who is big on podcasting and start swapping information with him.
Right now they are going through a lot of the administrative side of iTunes U, which, you know, almost NO ONE in this room will ever do. So why show it?
Man, it’s HOT in this room. I’m nodding off . . .
Production: script, record, edit, export
If you are doing something to actually add value to the instruction, then you’ll have to take time planning ahead of time.
Longer podcasts need chapters.
Tools: iSquint (free for Mac! Yeah!), videora iPod converter (free for windows), Metadata Hootenanny
Does D2L have a podcasting module? Lee uses D2L, and it sounds like you just have to use raw .mp3 files. That’s horrible.
Look for the Techies podcast Luis does.
Overall impression: Interesting information, but they spent more time talking about the specifics of how to use iTunes rather than how to do the podcasts themselves.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Oh, man, the guy is hyping Obama. Can we please just get to the presentation?
OK, so I had a HUGE list of comments here, but of course, this is AECT which means GARBAGE for a wireless connection. When this presentation was over and I went to save, it timed out on me. Now, the whole presentation it had been saving drafts (or at least looking like it had been), but since I had lost my connection, no drafts saved. What you see above is what I got.
The good news? You didn't miss anything. He didn't say anything new or exciting. I'm not sure he knew who his audience really was. I was sitting next to Atsusi Hirumi (2c) and he leaned over to me about 3/4 of the way through and asked, "Has he said anything I don't know?" I responded, "I don't think so." This presentation was eerily similar to a presentation I've seen 2c give many times when he's recruiting graduate students.
I would have liked to have had his suggested readings, though. I do remember a couple of titles: ROBOT, DISRUPTING CLASS, and PHANTOMS IN (OF?) THE BRAIN? I'm not sure on that last one. But he talked about the Disrupting Class one more than anything.
Was is worth my time? I guess. It was okay for a keynote, but nothing revelatory for me.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So why do I come to these things? As anyone who's read much of what I've written will know, I'm a graduate of Utah State University. And USU is a big AECT school. Now, for those of you who don't know what AECT is, it is the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, which is basically the academic organization for educational technology. It has divisions for each domain in the field, and I primarily participate in the design and development and teacher education divisions. I also have done things with distance learning, training and development, and multimedia production. But Design and Development and Teacher Ed are my homes. At any rate, I can remember being in graduate school and our department head, Don Smellie, telling us, "If you're not a member of the club (AECT), then it doesn't matter . . ." And so I became a member of AECT, and I guess I have been for around ten years now.
But why do I come? Well, first of all, I enjoy the relationships. There are certain people that I look forward to seeing that I don't get to see anywhere else. Some of them are Trey Martindale, David Wiley, Brad Hokanson, and Atsusi Hirumi. I also get the chance to meet others. I'm giving a presentation with Clif Mims on Thursday, and other than GChat, Twitter, and the like, we've never met. I can't wait to meet him in person.
I also come to learn something. Now AECT isn't actually known for loads of brain-busting presentations, actually, it is a wonderful conference for graduate students to present at, but I genrally try to steer clear of a lot of those. But I ALWAYS leave AECT with ideas, and that alone makes it worth the trip.
But I miss my family, and I'd much rather be at home with them.
So at any rate, what am I going to do to make this trip worthwhile? Well, I'm going to "live-blog" my presentations, that is, all but the one I'm actually presenting. I'll just jot down my notes so others can see what I think. I know that I can do it with Twitter and the like, but I would rather do it this way.
What about you? What conferences do you attend? WHY do you attend them? What do you get from attending?
Talk amongst yourselves . . .
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This week we'll learn a little bit about Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 technologies. Let's learn about some of the tools available to us as part of the Web 2.0 world by watching and listening to the following:
- Watch the video explanation of what a blog is:
- Next, watch a video on what RSS feeds are:
- Now watch a video on what Twitter is:
- But what about Podcasting? Here it is:
- Or Social Bookmarking?
- Finally the last video? What is an example of a mashup?
- Now that you've seen those and have an idea what they are all about, go this week's podcast explaining this week's assignments.
Here are the links I've promised you in the podcast:
- Dr. Curry's Blog
- Post with comments on Dr. Curry's Blog
- Course Wiki
- Dr. Curry's Diigo Bookmarks
- Dr. Curry's Del.icio.us Bookmarks
All in all, a pretty easy week. See you online! Dr. C
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I've downloaded it, I've installed it, and I've used it.
I guess the only thing I have yet to figure out how it's going to work is all the Firefox extensions and add-ins that I use. But that notwithstanding, isn't enough of a concern. I LOVE CHROME.
Hasta la vista, Firefox! I'm a Chrome man now.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
It's only available for free until Sunday, July 20, 2008. So hurry up, and be prepared to laugh!
****UPDATED**** Dr. Horrible is now available via HULU. But go buy it at iTunes as well, I did! Support the cause!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
As far as this presidential election goes, let's just say I've been completely underwhelmed by them all.
But Barack Obama said something in a speech to the American Federation of Teachers that is too much to let go by. He said (and this is a DIRECT quote):
"Real change is finally giving our kids everything they need to have a fighting chance in today’s world. That begins with recognizing that the single most important factor in determining a child’s achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from; it’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It’s who their teacher is."
Sorry, Mr. Obama, but you couldn't be more wrong if you tried.
Teachers aren't going to be the ones to give our kids a fighting chance. On the contrary, it has to come from home. It has to come from the parents. Too many people in our country expect teachers to raise their children. And quite frankly, teachers have enough to do. Teachers need to cover content. They need to teach math and science. They should teach our children how to write well. But it is NOT their job to raise our children.
Now I know that as teachers sometimes we have to become involved, but in my experience, those times are few and far between. And when we do, it is to point the students to someone who is trained to help with whatever situation. These teachers aren't trained psychologists and sociologists. They aren't planned parenthood or drug counselors. They are content-area specialists (to a degree) who've had a few classes in teaching methodology. Yes, they care about their students, but they are about as equipped to help them as the cashier at Wal-mart.
For the record, I purposely wrote that last comment to sound harsh. You see, you can't take a course in how to be a parent and give your kid a fighting chance in the world. The course doesn't exist. But if it did, the syllabus would cover topics like "Quit worrying about what you want to do, and do what's best for your kid", "Get a job and stay employed", "Quit playing softball or golf so much yourself and start coaching your kid's team instead", "Stay married", "Hold your child responsible for their actions", or "Don't reward bad behavior." Being a good parent is about making your kids what is most important, teaching them right from wrong, and holding them and you accountable for your own actions.
So Mr. Obama, if you think the way to give kids a fighting chance is to get better teachers, you're wrong. It's to have strong families, and to keep those families together. Unlike what you said, the single most determining factor in our child's ability to achieve comes from within the walls of the home. In 1964, David O. Mckay said "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." The disintegration of the family unit is the problem, sir, and that has NOTHING to do with our teachers.
If you want to see more about what I think about families, go read the The Family: A Proclamation to the World. For the complete text of Senator Obama's speech, go here.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
You know, I don't know where I stand on the whole EDUPUNK thing (See Stephen Downes's post to see much of the relevant conversation), but this video is too, too good to not share.
It is, quite simply, AMAZING. It captures the mood of my students and many colleagues perfectly.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
When I went to buy my first computer, I was a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in English. I remember getting a student loan and heading off to Staples or some store like that. I can remember looking up and down the aisles not knowing what was the difference between all of them. I also remember trying to decide between a PC and a Mac. I chose a PC because it looked like there were more games for the PC than the Mac. Yeah, I know, really scientific. Of course, from there I spent the next few years as one of those haters who always teased the Mac users. Other than the price, all I knew that was different was that Macs were supposed to be better with graphics.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I was never a Greek. As a matter of fact, BYU (where I got my undergrad) doesn't have the Greek system, USU (where I did my graduate work) barely has it, UHCL didn't have the Greek system, and neither did BYU-Idaho. OSU is the first school I've been that had a big Greek community. As a matter of fact, the building where I teach and where my office is, Willard Hall, is right next to Theta Pond, and is across the street from the Greek neighborhoods. So I don't really know a lot about the Greeks.
Well, last night we went to the banquet because I was named the Outstanding Faculty Member for the College of Education for the 2007 calendar year.
There are six colleges at Oklahoma State University: Agriculture and Natural Resources (Honoree: Dr. Shannon L. Ferrell); Arts and Sciences (Honoree: Dr. Ricki R. Wingate); the William Spears School of Business (Honoree: Dr. Lanny G. Chasteen); Education (Honoree: ME!); Engineering, Architecture & Technology (Honoree: Dr. AJ Johannes); and Human and Environmental Sciences (Honoree: Dr. Mona Lane).
Here's how these are awarded: each house (whether it be a fraternity or sorority) makes one nomination per college. Then, when all nominations are tallied, he (or she) who was nominated by the most different houses wins. So apparently, this year I did. Me? I'm guessing I was the only one with two nominations . . .
But I really do feel honored. You know, it's one thing to get a pat on the back from the dean or your school head, or maybe you get some sort of research award, but this one comes straight from the students. And to me, that's what makes it so cool.
I've attached a picture of the plaque I got. See it after the jump.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Point/Counterpoint with an academic and a practitioner: On Cammy Bean, certification, and instructional design
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
So here are the links from the last three weeks. I think I'm going to have to start just doing a daily links post (when necessary) like the Cool Cat Teacher does.
From my del.icio.us account:
- Top Podcast Tips for a Great Sound
- 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - Lifehack.org
- How to Use the Web to Build A Powerful Reputation In Any Industry
- Feature: Manage Your Online Reputation
- Luminotes: personal wiki notebook
- Virtual Hosting Blog » Top 5 Sub-$300 Laptops Compared
- 50 Habits of a Highly Effective Blogger » EdithYeung.com
- Gumption: The 8 Blogging Habits of Highly Effective People
- 8 Rules to Develop the Habit of Blogging at Weekly Articles About Blogging - NxE
- The Best Web Wideos
- IT 570 Course Calendar
- Present - The Foundations of Instructional Technology
- YouTube - Don Tales Two - Lincoln Hires Ninjas! (Drillbit Taylor)
- The Professor as Open Book - New York Times
- Have You Climbed the Twitter Life Cycle Curve? George Did! Join the Club » CogDogBlog
- A Swimmer’s Different Strokes for Success - New York Times
- Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison - ReadWriteWeb
- YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 2007 awards
- Smart Image Resizer — Shifting Pixel
- The Top 100 Productivity and Lifehack Blogs - College Degree.com
- Do Generational Differences Matter in Instructional Design? Tom Reeves ITFORUM (application/pdf Object)
- PBS Teachers | learning.now . Student Dodges Expulsion Over Facebook Study Group | PBS
- PrimeTimeRewind - The TV Cube
You can see what I tagged in my Google Reader after the jump.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Here's a link to the Teacher Education divison's blog, The Playground. You can see Dr. Peter Rich's comments on the presentation there.
You can see my Slideshare presentation (we actually did it using BYU's Adobe Breeze server) after the jump.
Monday, March 10, 2008
- Google Reader
- Garage Band
- Google Scholar
- Blogs (in general)
See how this year's list differs after the jump.
Friday, March 7, 2008
- 11 Solid Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills from Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
- Aggregate your Favorite Websites on One Page from MakeUseOf.com
- 5 Free Screencasting Apps for Creating Video Tutorials from MakeUseOf.com
- Do You Thumb Drive On-the-Go? from Lifehacker
- Dock Your Old Drives with the Hard Drive USB Dock from Lifehacker
- List of Adobe AIR Applications that you may or may not need... from GO2WEB20 Blog
- Cool Websites and Tools (edition #120) from MakeUseOf.com
- Cool Websites and Tools (edition #121) from MakeUseOf.com
- 2-Step DVD-to-PC or iPod Video Conversion using Free Software from MakeUseOf.com
- uTipU from Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day
- 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing from Write to Done
- Effortlessly Document Your Party with Simple Photo Projects from Lifehacker
See my del.icio.us bookmarks after the jump.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Ice cream scooper
3. Juvenile Corrections Officer
4. College Professor
Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. That Thing You Do!
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Man From Snowy River
4. The Breakfast Club
Four places I have lived:
Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Four places I have been:
1. Live Oak, FL
2. Parker, ID
3. Okeene, OK
4. The bottom of Lake Tenkiller, OK
Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
1. Sue Reese (my mom, and surprisingly, she’s not the one that forwarded this to me!)
2. Kay Green (one of my six sisters, who knows better than to forward something like this to me)
3. Susan Stansberry (colleague at work)
4. Jamie Murray (colleague from church)
Four of my favorite foods
1. Chicken Fried Steak
2. Mashed Potatoes with white gravy
3. Green beans (the way Mom makes them with bacon, tomatoes, onions, etc.)
4. green kool-aid
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. golf course
2. fly fishing in Montana
3. Home - with my family
4. teaching my classes
Four things I am looking forward to.
1. Seabase (SCUBA diving in the FL Keys)
2. Meeting my grandfather I’m named after
3. Growing old with my wife, Lori
4. Seeing my children grow into adulthood and have children of their own
Four of your favorite pets
1. HR (my German Shepherd growing up)
2. Pedro, Paco, Pablo, and Pancho (my four pihrana I had in college)
3. Spark (our current Beagle mix)
4. Bear (our Chow growing up)
So there you have it, a little more about me . . .
Monday, March 3, 2008
Read what I find interesting about all this and my thoughts about instructional design certification after the jump.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
design, and to clarify its role in the larger context of education and social change."
In short, as they titled the paper, it was time to "reclaim instructional design" from "a lot of people associated with instructional technology who don’t seem to know where they are going. Neophytes who are pursing instructional technology are lured this way and that by the varied philosophical voices crying lo here."
So, twelve years later, where are we? Have we "reclaimed" instructional design?
Monday, February 18, 2008
From my del.icio.us account:
- Simple Spark -- a great directory of web 2.0 applications.
- 13 Tools For Tracking Discussions in the Blogosphere -- I hadn't heard of a lot of these tools.
- 14 Simple Ways to Convert Your Sedentary Lifestyle -- You know, one day I need to stop marking these, and start actually implementing them.
- WikiMatrix - Compare them all -- A great comparison I plan on using with my students.
- Forget Word: 13 Online Word Processors -- Self explanatory.
- 12 Essential Blogwriting Tips for Building a Successful Blog -- I gon't blog for fame or glory, I blog because I like to know what I think. However, it is fun to know that people read what you write. Here are ways to make your blog successful.
- Facebook used to target Colombia's FARC with global rally -- I love to see new ways Facebook is used.
- Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART -- Now THIS is a clever animation. A MUST WATCH.
- 60+ Killer Open Courseware Collections for Web Designers - College Degree.com -- Talk about a comprehensive list!
And see those from my Google Reader after the jump:
Friday, February 15, 2008
Let me explain.
All of these posts back and forth with Cammy have dealt with instructional design in a non-academic context. We have been talking about how to do the job WITHOUT a graduate degree. So what did I do? I gave her a graduate reading list. How's that for good design?
So I decided I was going to trim the list to only FOUR things, and they couldn't be theory-laden. Rather, they had to be something a brand new designer-by-assignment could pick up and learn something that would be immediately applicable.
See the list after the jump.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I've got to admit, I'm enjoying thinking about these questions.
Wendy Wickham from In the Middle of the Curve has joined the conversation. Wendy has an MA in Instructional Technology from Towson University (I don't think I know anyone on that faculty). Wendy makes a good point saying:
How I use theory - selling my instructional design ideas.
People respond to jargon. And, interestingly, people love learning other people's jargon. I had never seen such an excited group of people as the day I introduced ADDIE to the Project Management group and related that process to how they do business.
Do I use ADDIE? Not always - but it does seem to be a nice way to keep track of the status of my ID projects.
Citing academic theory makes it sound like you are putting more effort into it than "I dunno - this just made sense. Whadya think?"
Do I need my MS in Instructional Technology to practice? No. The theoretical ammunition I received in that program helps.
Great point. I had the same experience working with some military officials earlier this year. But later Cammy responds:
I completely agree that this stuff impresses clients. I use it all the time.
But one can learn the jargon without going to grad school. And one can cite the academic theory by reading and staying informed.
Perhaps the (somewhat cynical) question to ask is -- what's the right amount of jargon needed to get by? Do I need to know all of the things on John's list?
Personally, I don't think so. I've gotten by well enough without most of those theories, it seems.
This comes back to my quest from last year of getting an informal masters in ID.
If one were to construct an informal, self-paced, DIY instructional design curriculum, what content would you include?
So Cammy, only because I'm a big fan of yours, I present How to get an Instructional Design education without paying tuition.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I remember having this conversation with a graduate school friend of mine, Platte Clark, a few years ago. Platte and I worked on our master's degrees in English at the same time, and we shared an office for about a year. Actually, Platte and another guy, Rulon Wood, are responsible for steering me to Instructional Technology, as they were both working on double master's degrees in both English and IT. At any rate, Platte left school with work still to do on both degrees. He had been offered a big job with Novell Education (I believe), and it was too good to turn down. He later went to work for Franklin Covey, but suffice it to say that Platte is HIGHLY intelligent, and a gifted designer. Again, he just *gets it.* Eventually he finished his MS in English, but not his MS in Instructional Technology. I remember talking with him about his frustrations about the academic field.
- Instructional Design - If - When - How Much from The Learning Circuits Blog Yet someone else inspired by Cammy Bean at Learning Visions. I'll need to post on this one by itself.
- Create A Webquest Or Online Scavenger Hunt With Zunal from Larry Ferlazzo's Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL I have got to try this one out.
- Can your SKYPE do that? from GO2WEB20 Blog Orli Yakuel writes: "Israel-based startup ooVoo, is a face-to-face client desktop communication. It's combining emails, IM and Internet phone all together . . . "
- 20+ Ways to Get Rid of Your Debt for Good from Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life Is there anyone who couldn't use this advise?
- 25 Basic Styles of Blogging from Cool Cat Teacher Blog I had a post, Which blog are you?, on this one last week.
- Instructional Designer as Consultant? from Learning Visions I think this one inspired one of my longest posts to date: This one's for you, Cammy Bean! Or is the role of instructional designer changing?
- Top 100 Tools for Learning 2008: the first cut from Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day Last year I posted my top ten, but I need to update that list this year.
And those from my del.icio.us account:
- Howcast Howcast is a kind of YouTube for How-to videos.
- Learning 2.0 eBook - Free | Mission to Learn I'm interested in what the term "Learning 2.0" means, and how they justify coining a new term for learning. Isn't learning learning?
- ZaidLearn: Learning Technologies (250+ Articles!) A post linking to a database of over 250 articles from Learning Technologies magazine.
- Open Thinking & Digital Pedagogy » History of Educational Technology (Dr. Richard Schwier) Um, the history of EdTech from Rick Schwier . . .
- History Of Educational Technology Dr Richard Schwier (video/mp4 Object) A video of Rick talking about the same as above.
- Best Practices of Technology Integration A BOATLOAD of integration ideas for teachers from the Berrien County Intermediate School District in Michigan. They also have extensive classroom resources .
- SciVee | Pioneering New Modes of Scientific Dissemination Here you can create a pubcast of your research and share it. Is this like a grown-up Voicethread?
- Achieve a Deep, Uninterrupted Sleep: Nighttime Habits If you know me well, you know I have a hard time sleeping, so this was interesting to me.
Friday, February 8, 2008
I'm Cammy Bean, the author of Learning Visions. My business card currently says "Manager of Instructional Design", but I do a bit of everything. If you're interested, read my current job description.
Learning Visions is my place to explore topics related to e-Learning, including things like web 2.0 technologies, Second Life, wikis, Facebook, and other new tools that can be used for training and development. I attempt to share my experiences with current e-Learning projects and challenges I might be facing. I ask a lot of questions. Like most bloggers, I also tend to write about blogging.
I've been working in the corporate training field since the early- to mid-90's. Most of that time, I've been working for the e-Learning vendors: companies that design and develop e-Learning programs for a wide variety of projects. I've served as instructional designer and project manager on programs for banks, airlines, department stores, consulting firms, construction companies, training companies, and more. These days I work at InVision Learning in Westborough, Massachusetts (USA).
I started blogging in earnest in February 2006. A lot of really smart people were talking about some really interesting things and I wanted in! Every day I learn something new from the blogs I read and from the comments people leave here.
Please join in the conversation and leave a comment on my blog if you've got something to say. Don't be shy!
I think the thing that I love most about Cammy's blog is that she does what I do, and yet, I went to school and earned a Ph.D. that says I'm an instructional designer, and she didn't. I don't know why that to me is so fascinating, but it is. I've often thought that in academia we act too much like we're curing cancer when, in fact, we're not. I think instructional design is something that is a talent. Some can do it without the training. I could. I knew what effective instruction was before I ever took a class. At the same time, however, I also think it is a skill that can be developed. I've told my students for years, "I can teach anyone to hit a golf ball, but Tiger Woods was born to be who he is." I can teach anyone the clinical side to instructional design, and they'll be able to write good behavioral objectives, align it to a proper assessment, etc., but if they don't just *get it*, I can't teach them to.
Below is his illustration of my favorite baseball player of all time, Ted Williams.
Me? I'm a sometimes life blogger, most of the time link blogger.
Which one are you?
Monday, February 4, 2008
I'm constantly amazed at how Thomas Friedman has it right that the world is flattening. With the advent of all the new web 2.0 technologies, we are truly coming to a point where the majority of the people have the same opportunity for voice. Granted, there may be technological issues keeping some from being able to share their voice or opinion, but given the opportunity, we are coming together.
So, if you actually read this blog, you know that I really enjoy the web 2.0 technologies. And my world has been flattened!
Friday, February 1, 2008
I'm glad that's out of my system. See this week's links after the jump.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I got to wondering today . . .
Is anyone out there? Does anyone actually look at what I write here? Google reader tells me that there are four(4) people subscribed to my feed. I at first thought that it must be my sisters, but none of them are tech-savvy enough to have a feed reader.
So, I'm just curious who actually reads this blog? So, if you would, post a comment here for me and answer the following questions:
- Um, who are you and how did you find me?
- What do you like most about my blog?
- What do you think I could do to increase my blog readership?
I've just installed reCAPTCHA to help with SPAM comments on my blog (thanks to Ed at EdTech for the idea), so we'll see how that works.
So if you're willing to help out, thanks! If you're not willing to stroke my ego and let me know who actually cares (to at least a marginal degree) what I write, to you I say, "COME ON!" Seriously, though. I'm interested, and I'd appreciate it.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Many people today glanced over headlines like, "Mormon President dead at 97," or "LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley Passes Away." Then they never thought about it again. Let me tell you something, he'll be missed. And the majority of the world doesn't even know who he is.
See who he was after the jump.
Friday, January 18, 2008
See the links after the jump.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
So Marci, I know you read this blog, so I want an update on whether or not these are worth the time!
- Chocolate Chip French Vanilla Pudding Cookies. Do you think these should be served with an angioplasty on the side?
- Homemade Apple Jelly Makes a Great Gift. Video on how to make homemade apple jelly. It looks good!
So here's to you, Marci. I hope you enjoy these!
- Remove Clutter in the Background of Photographs. I stink at photo editing, so I'm always looking for tips.
- The Secret to Creating your own PowerPoint Templates for e-Learning. Again, I'm no graphics expert, so I appreciate someone telling me how to be better.
- Social Networks, or "I'm a Hermit." Dave Warlick at the 2¢ Worth blog tries to wrap his mind around Facebook and other social networks. I've already blogged about my usage of Facebook and how it has enhanced my interaction with students and about my thoughts for Facebook as a CMS. It's interesting to me to see other's opinions about something I feel strongly about.
- The Bamboo Project Readers' Guide to Getting Back Your Creative Mojo. Ever get stuck in a rut and you can't get your juices flowing to get things done? Here are some suggestions. Me? I throw darts in my office.
- The Value of Instructional Designers. Okay, I have to admit I'm geeking out COMPLETELY about Cammy Bean's Learning Visions blog. It's all things instructional design! The interesting thing about this post is that it attacks a question my fellow students and I grappled with while in graduate school. What good are we as instructional designers? I think I'm going to need a full post on this one. (You know, in my immense free time!)
- How to Avoid the 10 Worst Energy Zappers. I'm always looking to be more productive, and I've tried to start implementing some of these suggestions to see if they help. I particularly like the Toxic People suggestion. Sometimes I let others control me way too much.
- Quickly Install the Best OpenSource Apps with WinLibre and MacLibre. I love OpenSource technologies, and I'm all about getting the newest things easily. I haven't downloaded and used these yet, but when I do, I'll let you know how it went.
- Convert any Audio File with MediaEncoder Audio Edition. I've got some files I need converting, so I'm going to give this one a whirl.
- Instructional Design and Market Sector Differences. Another post by Cammy Bean that I need to follow up on. This one asks the question, "Just what is it that you do, Dr. Curry?" Actually, it asks what those of us in academia do.
- New Blogs for Learning. Jeff Utecht at the Thinking Stick blog talks about the power of putting the technology in student hands.
- Download and Listen to Free Music on the Web. Great overview of the different places to get music on the web. I do so much podcasting with my students that I'm always looking out for buffer music. Granted, I have something like 10,000 songs on my iPod, but you can never have too much music. You have to have something for every occasion. Plus, I try to make my buffer music apply to the topic. I'm quirky that way.
- Top Ten Underhyped Web Apps. The best web applications you've never heard of.
- Watch Full-Length TV Online with Fancast. This one's just for fun . . .
- Edit PDFs Online with PDFHammer. A neat looking new tool for editing PDFs online.
- PRISM Video Converter. I've been having problems with Handbrake as of late, so I'm going to give this one a try. Thanks, Neil, for the tip! It seems they also have an audio converter as well. YEE HA!
- See Real Recent Car Sale Prices at PriceHub. I've got to get a new car, so I need some help countering the dreaded car salesmen of the world . . .
- NEULIO. I'm not going to use this to publish a course, but I'm interested in seeing how it works.
- Convert WMV files to MOV Files for Free. Another interesting-looking tool.
- Getting Productive in 2008 with JOTT. Now this looks COOL. This is a longer post about one of the above mentioned underhyped web apps. I will DEFINITELY use this one. Basically, you call a toll-free number, leave yourself a message, and it sends you a reminder (text-based) via e-mail.
- Social Networking in Education. Steve Hargadon provides a HUGE list of social networking sites specific to education.
And my links from my del.icio.us account:
- Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do. This is video of a TED talk given by Gever Tulley. Very insightful and entertaining.
- Blue Moon of Kentucky performed by Conan O'Brien. HILARIOUS. Great, but hilarious.
- Technology Skills for Instructional Designers. This parallels the conversation Cammy Bean has above.
- Dizzler.com. Free music and video with the MySpace player.
- Taxonomy of Technology Integration. I'm working on an article that deals with levels of technology integration, and this proved helpful.
- CARET. ISTE's Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology's research database.
- 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes. Who knows, maybe one of these will show up on here one day.
- Five Effective e-Learning Design Strategies. Webinar given by Karl Kapp.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I guess it's just the illusion of normalcy. At any rate, I've uploaded it to my YouTube account, and you can see the whole thing (it's only 14 minutes, including buffer music) where I introduce myself and my philosophy of the undergrad preservice teacher course. You can also see different movie clips I use in the course on that YouTube page.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
- Top Ten Obscure Google Search Tricks. I thought I knew a lot, but even I learned something here ;-).
- Keep Your Weight Loss Plan Simple to See Results. Ugh. I'm the heaviest I've ever been, and I'll take any help I can get . . . you know, except for eating less and exercising more.
- A chance to contribute to Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day's Top 10 Tools for Learning 2008. I submitted my list (albeit late) last year, but I'm interested to see how things change this year.
- KeyJNote. A tool I read about on the above mentioned Jane's website. Looks like an interesting (more interesting I should say) way to view slides online.
- Grab Music from your Browser with FreeMusicZilla. I've always wanted to know how to do this, and I now know! I'll let you know how it works when I try it.
- The Ethics of Wi-Fi Stealing. I know I've done this before. But I've just always assumed (and had heard) that it was wrong. This got me thinking: is it?
- Trick Yourself into Eating Less. Yep, more weight loss. Like I've changed anything this week . . .
- Instructional Designers with Degrees: Survey Update. Cammy Bean at Learning Visions has some really nice insights in to what instructional design as a career is all about. I find her blog to be very interesting. I filled out the survey, and I felt sheepish about having a Ph.D. in the field. Great work there.
And from my del.icio.us bookmarks:
- BAIDU. A Chinese search engine where you can search for and find .mp3 files? How is this legal? Is it?
Thursday, January 3, 2008
- Biggest memory from Christmas? High School Musical. My daughter, Natalie, had a HSM and Hanna Montana Christmas, and we've listened to the soundtrack over and over again. Not only that, Andrew, the two-year old, has learned to change the CD to track 8 of HSM2, so he can listen to Troy sing "Bet on it" and dance around the room like him. Hil-ar-i-ous!
- Best football game? OSU defeats Indiana in the Insight Bowl. I teach a lot of the football players, and I was proud of how they played. I'll miss seeing Dantrell and AD. You guys were great, and good luck in the NFL! Don't forget Tommy, Mo, and Jeremy. I hope we see Bobby and Brandon back, though I would understand if we didn't. Also, farewell to two great Cowboys both on and off the field, Donovan Woods and Martel Van Zant.
- Worst football game? Dallas at Washington. Why even show up?
- I'm going to work on this blog more. I've been killer-posting to my del.icio.us account, and I've added the del.icio.us widget (seen on the right). I've also been starring and sharing a lot of things from my Google reader account, but I want to make more regular posts. So I've started tagging items by week, so I can make a weekly post of what I found interesting.
- I'm going to Phoenix tomorrow to see my brother, David, get married. I don't really want to go, but I love my brother, so I'm going to support him. He's getting married in the Mesa, Arizona temple. I'll be back on Sunday.
- School starts Monday. I'm needing to update the EDTC 3123 wiki with all the teaching resources for our undergraduate preservice technology course. I'm behind on it.
- I'm still worried about 3rd year review. I can't even write about it . . .
That's enough for today. I'm outta here . . . The video below is for Andrew.
"Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it . . ."