Archive for the ‘EDUC 685’ Category

Are We All Just Looking for the Fracture?

December 12, 2007

Reading this Stephen Downes article got thinking about messages.  There are a lot of people out there who want to spin wild conspiracy theories about everything in world.  So, how do they make these theories seem so compeling to appear like reality?  What makes a message compelling?  Some like to use shock value, something that […]

The Future is Now

November 24, 2007

This article includes some cool animation and I agree with him that in education “We are going to need a bigger boat.”  It is not going to be long before we start seeing students creating projects similar to “Eye of Judgment” in schools.  I think these pieces of animation serve as a reminder to schools […]

Is a Policy for Everything Helpful?

November 24, 2007

I was reading a blog from the OLDaily and Stephen brings up an interesting point.  Why do we need a policy for what to do when you come into contact with a student online? I think it is common sense on how you should behave and mantain a sense of professionalism.  The fear that school districts […]

Interesting Idea

November 23, 2007

I just had thought about how through the beauty of technology there could be a model UN with students from actual student diplomats from countries around the world to discuss issues.   We hear about model UNs all the time among middle and high schools in different states, but I’ve never heard of one that would […]

Transparency….Is it a good thing?

November 22, 2007

From this article, I found out the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of being transparent.   When we start a class each year with our students we want to know everything there is to know about them like their background home life, strengths, weaknesses, goals, tec.  This knowledge will help us design better instruction […]

A Terrible Crime From Unlikely Perpetrators

November 20, 2007

This article has nothing to do really with distance education, but I thought it was something bizarre and another example of how some of the things that could be seen at a higher age have now come down to a lower one.  Two nine year old boys and one eight year old boy have been […]


November 19, 2007

I have been working on my aggregator tutorial trying to think of ways to spruce it up and add some content to it.  I so far have one idea of using it as an online textbook that is up to date .  Schools would not have to worry about buying new textbooks because they would […]

How to Catch a Child in Lie About What They are Playing?

November 16, 2007

Do you remember when you were a kid asking for a certain video game for your birthday or Christmas and exagerrating the truth about its contents so your parents would buy it?  Well, that may come to an end with this new website called What They Play.  What They Play is not a website that […]

What Kind of Pressure Were Teachers Under Back in the Day?

November 16, 2007

This is reflection piece from Remote Access where Clarence Fisher questions whether teachers from the past were under the same pressure as teachers of today.  I agree with his statement that teachers today are under a lot more pressure than teachers of yesteryear.  Education used to be about preparing students for functioning in the local […]

Researching Online Interaction vs. Face-to-Face Interaction

November 11, 2007

The topic of Distance Education that I would like to research is online interactions vs. face-to-face interactions for learning. As a way to establish a foundation for my study, I would look at the previous research conducted on this topic and find any fractures in their design that I would want to avoid for in […]