Friday, December 19, 2014

Keeping Up with Online Terminology and Jargon

Keeping Up!

The end is near--of this calendar year, that is--and we are winding some things down and ramping some things up for the coming new year. There is never a lot of down time in online education--it is a continuing circle that keeps rolling along.

As I take time to explore various resources that could be utilized for online teaching and learning, I am still amazed at all the terminology that seems to be used interchangeably, whether it should or shouldn't. Terms like, flipped learning, personalized learning, blended learning, mobile learning, life-long learning, e-learning, and so on and on it goes. How do teachers figure it all out? When does flipped learning become blended or personalized learning? What are the differences?

This artilce, 10 Trendy Concepts in Educational Technology Every Teacher Should Know About, tries to help make sense of all the jargon. I hope you will take time out of your busy schedule to look it over. Perhaps some of it will be review for you, but there may be some new ideas as well. The "You might also like" links at the bottom of the page will also link you to some other interesting concepts/ideas in educational technology.

Have fun exploring!

In the Spotlight

 Book Creator

Read about an art teacher "who took on the challenge to find a way to help students who work at different paces and abilities. A semi-flipped classroom was the result."

Her solution was Book Creator, a simple way to create e-books in the classroom. The blog for Book Creator has some great ideas/lesson plans for various ways to use the program. Check it out here.

Maybe you can try this program out on that new iPad you are getting for Christmas--wink, wink.


Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.
AEA PD Online Instructional Designer

NOTE:  Friday Feature will return next year on January 16, 2015.

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