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  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    What a great post Jennifer! I loved hearing how you sought out “helpers”. (I love that footage BTW.) I usually find reaching out to others always helps me consolidate my thinking as well as gather new ideas that almost always enhance whatever it is I’m working on.

    You are so lucky to have such wonderful people to work with!

    • Thank you, Ben! Yes, I am so fortunate to have such a-MAZ-ing colleagues. Seeking help and letting myself be vulnerable as a teacher has only enhanced my (and my students’) learning. I agree; collaborating with others really helps me articulate my vision as well as incorporate new ideas into my work. I just need to make sure I keep my fear in…[Read more]

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  • I’ve been a fan of Design Thinking ever since I was introduced to it by Dr. John Nash a couple years ago. You can read a bit more about that experience here. Fast forward a couple years and I am now teaching a […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Hello Bybarh, glad you found the post helpful! I’ll try to answer your question as best I can. Yes, you can copy ann paste from other programs. I copy and pasted the text from a shared Google doc into the BookCreator app with no problem. Yes you can export the book in either the PDF or ePub format. As far as page limit I’m not sure. You can search…[Read more]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Marcello! I love how you always take a measured approach to a situation. I’m still mulling this over in my mind. I’ve been thinking a little about the “gap year” idea. Why not take some time to do something else than school for a bit. What’s the rush to go right into college?

    I’m teaching a class of college freshman and many of them have no…[Read more]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Megan, thanks for your reply. You bring up some really relevant points! I agree that there is something about physically being in the same place that cannot be replicated. I am so lucky to work with so many awesome people all over the world on various projects. These groups often meet regularly via Google Hangout etc. But it is super special…[Read more]

  • I have been a total slacker on the blogging front! Our last COETAIL Cast (#25!!) was just the motivation I needed to get a post out. Lately I’ve been thinking about this idea of pushing everyone to go to college. […]

    • You bring up some interesting points. I think for many people letting go of a brick and mortar institution is hard and could wreck their educational foundation. Also, I think colleges and universities act as a community and a place people can call home. Could someone learn from the comfort of their couch, yes, but they would miss out on the interactions and learning from others. I recently finished my Masters in a blended program–online and face to face. I loved it, and personally would like to see more of blended programs for students. The first courses in my program were online and they were great, but once I met all my cohort face to face the next online courses became more dynamic and I felt more entrenched in my learning.

      That being said, yes I think we have to rethink the traditions and change to what best fits the needs of our society today. I’ve never heard of Nanodegrees, very interesting. Thanks for sharing about them.

      I think your question, “More specifically what is the cost/benefit ratio for knowledge/experience acquisition for different scenarios.” is the core of the debate. Maybe you could do that for your dissertation. 🙂

      Cheers.

      • Hi Megan, thanks for your reply. You bring up some really relevant points! I agree that there is something about physically being in the same place that cannot be replicated. I am so lucky to work with so many awesome people all over the world on various projects. These groups often meet regularly via Google Hangout etc. But it is super special and I relish the time when we actually get together and physically spend time with one another. I think the time we spend virtually hanging out is also important. Without it we wouldn’t be able to work together in the same capacity and wouldn’t get to know each other on so many different levels. I don’t think I could give up either and I’m not sure if I can put the value of one over the other… for me I need both.

        There is a big social element to the way I learn. (I was the kid who never stopped talking in class) Just simply verbalizing my thoughts sometimes helps me to process information. Often I also have a “percentage” of an understanding and when I can engage with someone their thoughts or perspective help to give me a more complete understanding of a concept. Often times this is a formal class setting… and sometimes it’s not… i.e. the Twitter conversation that prompted this post. But I know that just because I learn a specific way doesn’t mean others do as well. I think the important thing is that people recognize and understand “how” they learn and are able to engage in content in a way that compliments this.

        I also agree that the “cost benefit” would be an interesting dissertation topic… I’ll add it to my list… interesting dissertation idea #153. 🙂

        Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Marcello! I love how you always take a measured approach to a situation. I’m still mulling this over in my mind. I’ve been thinking a little about the “gap year” idea. Why not take some time to do something else than school for a bit. What’s the rush to go right into college?

      I’m teaching a class of college freshman and many of them have no idea what they want to be doing when they finish(and I think that’s totally ok). They may have a vague idea but it isn’t really anything tangible as they don’t have any real experience to draw from. When you ask them why they chose to come to college you routinely get “you need a college degree to be successful”. And when I ask them “successful at what?”, they say “anything”. These kids are awesome and for the mosts part hard workers. They are really bought into the idea of school in the sense of “tell me what to do and I’ll do it”… so I can get a good grade… then move on. When I scratch the surface and dig deeper and push them to think outside the box and interpret events or situations they struggle a bit. But then I think back to when I was 18 and a freshman in college…. complete spaz! I just wonder if they/we are utilizing their potential in the current model.

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Anne, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hesitated with this post because there is so much negativity flying when it comes to schools and test scores and I didn’t want to add to that. In conversations with folks here they tell me people have been conditioned to believe that test scores are an accurate measure of a schools success. I don’t…[Read more]

  • The other day I ran into a gentleman who is one of the administrators at the school my two boys will attending next year. I introduced myself and let him know my boys would be attending the school he works at next […]

    • Hi Benjamin,
      This post made me very sad. The first and really only thing he said to you is about test scores. I know you are now in the US and can you imagine if a teacher said that to you in an international school. There is no way that would happen. Best thing you can do is what you did, research the other great things about the school.

      I am moving to the US after 16 years internationally and am so scarred for my 7 yr old and the kind of school she will attend. I keep making myself feel better with, I am an educated educator and I will be on top of things where the school lacks and not stress so much about these tests.
      Thanks for the blog post.
      Anne

      • Hi Anne, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hesitated with this post because there is so much negativity flying when it comes to schools and test scores and I didn’t want to add to that. In conversations with folks here they tell me people have been conditioned to believe that test scores are an accurate measure of a schools success. I don’t agree with that and that is why I wrote the post. When it comes down to it I know my son is getting what he needs. By the way I know it’s not fair and I’ve tried really hard not to compare his school here with the international schools he’s attended so far.

        I had the opportunity last fall to work with teachers from all over the state of KY and they were as dedicated, hardworking, and passionate as any educator I’ve met the world over. But typically when you read something about schools here in the US it inevitably revolves around test scores. I just think it’s time to take control of the message and to convey a more complete picture of what goes on in a school.

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Drew, I love the idea of using a student created infographic to help students think about strengths and weaknesses. I like how you are using a form to gather information from your students to use going forward. I’m a firm believer that incorporating student voice in any project elevates buy in and allows great thing to happen. I’m excited to see…[Read more]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Great resource and examples Sneh! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Thanks Ben! I am very inspired after seeing the simple ways in which technology can and is being embedded. I love the way it reinforces the importance of pedagogy to enhance technology integration as well. It helps to feel validated!

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    So great to see you utilizing technology to engage with educators and students even though you are on maternity leave! Glad to see you actively joining communities and keeping in touch with other course 5 participants. I’m excited to see how you leverage the tools you mentioned to stay engaged even though you are not physically present in the classroom.

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I love the enthusiasm Becky! Let me know if you would like me to put any feelers out for classes that may want to participate.

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