Category Archives: Educational technologies

All Social Media Sites are not Created Equal

Communicators can make the mistake attempting touse all available social networks.  With new social networks created almost weekly, it’s becoming more difficult to know which ones to use and how to use them to achieve maximum impact.  But each network … Continue reading

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Are Luddite Professors Effective Educators?

I was recently had a conversation with a college professor about the use of social networks in the higher education classroom. I mentioned that Twitter is an excellent tool for learning, but she disagreed, saying that is a waste of … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of using Social Networks in Education

I’ve always been an advocate of taking whatever is happening in the mainstream and discovering if it cam be used as a learning tool. The use of social networks is an excellent example of taking a ubiquitous tool and discovering … Continue reading

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E-learning: The Silver Bullet that Can Miss the Target

Have you noticed the similarity between the promise of e-learning and the promises made in advertising? Much like the advocates of e-learning, advertising sells us on the benefits of a product. For example, did you have a bad night’s sleep … Continue reading

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Implementing Blended Learning in Education

Blended learning is a hybrid between traditional classroom learning and online or e-learning. It is best described as a mix of traditional classroom teaching and online learning. When designed properly, blended learning, or b-learning, is a powerful learning and teaching … Continue reading

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Waiting for Gamification in Higher Education

When I was a kid I loved reading comic books. One of my favourite series was the Adventures of Tintin. I just had to have the video game of the same name was recently released for iPad.  During the Christmas … Continue reading

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BYOD and Digital Divide Issues in Education

I have often witnessed students from lower social-economic backgrounds are the only students in class without a smartphone.  Some students have told me that at home they do not have a computer, or it they do, they cannot afford to … Continue reading

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Creating a Classroom Environment in ELearning

I’ve taken a number of online courses.  The majority of courses were conducted through an asynchronous environment, such as Blackboard.  I had a number of issues with the courses, but my one major problem I had was that I didn’t … Continue reading

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QR Codes in Education

QR codes are slowly become more prevalent in North America. While they have caught on in advertising, they have been slow to catch on in education. One self-proclaimed American social media “expert” (there is no such thing) has gone as far as … Continue reading

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Planning Virtual Field Trips

Classroom time constraints are a barrier to taking adult learners on field trips. Whether the class takes place as a night course or a part of the daytime curriculum, the usual three-hour class prohibits taking students off campus. The answer is … Continue reading

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