Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LiveWire: The March Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Monday, March 28, 2011

StoryCorps: In Support of Teachers

StoryCorps recently launched the National Teachers Initiative. In their words,

By recording, sharing, and preserving the diverse stories of teachers, we hope to bring larger public awareness of their work and call attention to the invaluable influence they have on us all. The National Teachers Initiative will focus on these heroic teachers, inclusive of all ethnicities, cultures, and ages.

Though it seems the project is initially geared toward K-12 educators and their students, I think they'd welcome the perspective of teachers in pre-college environments. Let us know if you decide to participate!

Ralph Catania and Colbert Williams | StoryCorps
Judge Olly Neal and his daughter Karama | StoryCorps

Friday, March 18, 2011

What Happens When the Web Is No Longer Free

Yesterday The New York Times announced that their website will be going behind a paywall, effective March 28. You can find all the details here.

What will happen if you use the site for teaching purposes? As of now, we can't be sure. Each 'user' will have access to 20 free articles a month, but will each 'user' log in separately with his or her own information, or will each computer's unique IP address count as a user? In that case, a computer in a campus lab will reach its monthly quota very quickly.

I'll do my best to gather information on this topic, and if you learn something, please share it with us.

Monday, March 14, 2011

TED Talks: Deb Roy and The Birth of a Word

MIT researcher Deb Roy explains his very ambitious longitudinal study of how a first language is acquired. The video is a bit long, but it's fascinating.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Technology Working Groups for Spring

Liz and I are hoping to set up technology working groups for the spring term with the goal of helping interested teachers make the transition from Blackboard to either Digication, wikis or blogs. Even if you've never used Blackboard, this is a great chance to learn how a class site can help you plan and organize your teaching. If you decide to join a working group, you will use a new technology platform with your classes and attend meetings to share your findings and brainstorm with your colleagues. If you are interested, please fill out this form by March 8. Thanks!

Learn course management software, and avoid this fate!

Image by Natalie Dee