Twitter as a Tool for Professional Learning

For some, the social media site/app Twitter is written off as a place of indecipherable abbreviations (to meet the now-former 140-character limit), viral hashtags, and celebrity “beefs”.  Yet, to discount Twitter out of hand is to overlook a force of 330 million active monthly users around the globe, who together send over 500 million tweets … Continue reading Twitter as a Tool for Professional Learning

Developing ISD Best Practices to Succeed in the ‘Age of Acceleration’

In a recent piece, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman discusses the increasing pace of technological innovation, and what it means for workers and training (2017). As Friedman states, “If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner” (2017, p. 27). He goes on to cite a … Continue reading Developing ISD Best Practices to Succeed in the ‘Age of Acceleration’

Social Media for Teaching, Learning, and Job Hunting

Social media programs provide several potential applications to support and enhance teaching and learning.  These include connecting students, tutors, and teachers within learning communities, for sharing and discovering content, and for communication and collaboration.   For example, the following sites, identified here as being among the most popular by the Pew Research Center, are used to … Continue reading Social Media for Teaching, Learning, and Job Hunting

The Academic Writing Approach

Academic writing is a formal approach to written communication governed and informed by rules and practices; this best differentiates it from the myriad of personal writing styles which, though subject to convention, are not beholden to it in the way that academic texts are.  These rules and practices include: formal essay-based structure (introduction-body-conclusion); citation and … Continue reading The Academic Writing Approach

Differentiating Instruction and Instructional Design

A recent controversy over representation of how students are taught in public schools has served to highlight the impact of differentiation on contemporary classrooms.  Differentiation is, essentially, teaching the same material to all students, but tailoring it to individual students using varied instructional strategies, content, processes, and expected student products.  Instruction is differentiated to best … Continue reading Differentiating Instruction and Instructional Design