Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts

Monday, August 13, 2012

Five Reasons to Discover the Instructional Media Program

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Are you looking to master the use of technology in education?  Well, here are five reasons why you should check out the Discovery Education Wilkes University Instructional Media Program.

It’s practical
“The Instructional Media program is dynamic, current, and engaging.  The courses met my educational goals by giving me the skills, information, and strategies that I apply directly in my classroom to create a 21st Century learning environment.  My students enjoy all the new ideas and projects I bring into the classroom.  The Instructional Media program energizes my teaching and my students are the beneficiaries.”
- Deb Thonus, Classroom Teacher, Massachusetts

It’s relevant
Our courses are designed by thought leaders in education like Kathy Schrock (Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments) and Steve Dembo (Internet Tools for Teaching).  

It’s flexible
Whether you are looking to start a master’s program or just take a course or two, the Instructional Media Program offers an exciting collection of courses for you to choose from.

It’s online
We know how busy educators are so the flexibility of an online degree sure does help. The Instructional Media Program is fully online and offered in seven-week sessions, with two sessions offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

It’s about going beyond the textbook
The courses focus on good instructional practices and the many ways we can integrate digital media and technology to support our goals.  All students in the program receive free access to the Discovery Education suite of services to help them along the way.

Interested?  Have questions?  

Check out the program at

Registration for Fall Session 1 is open until August 29 and Fall Session 2 is open until October 17.

The companies who help feed me and my dog are those that you see the advertisements for in the sidebars. Occasionally, I allow them to write sponsored posts. This is one of those sponsored posts. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Faculties - Videos from University Lecturers for High School Students

The Faculties is an interesting video project, based in the UK, that presents short videos of university lecturers speaking on topics in their fields.

There appears to be two purposes for these videos. The first purpose is to provide short lessons to high school age students about topics in the subjects in which they have an interest. The second purpose is to provide students with information that will familiarize them with the expectations and realities of being a college student. For example, in the history section of The Faculties you will find a videos like this one about the Russian provisional government of 1917, but you will also find videos like this one about writing undergraduate history papers.

Applications for Education
The Faculties could be a good place for students to learn more about the subjects that they're considering pursuing degrees in. The Faculties could also be a good place for students to learn, in advance of stepping on campus, what they will need to do to have a successful undergraduate experience.

There are six sections to The Faculties;  English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, History, and Psychology.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Great Collection of Science Videos

Last month I wrote three posts (here, here, and here) featuring good collections of science videos, podcasts, and interactive images for students. Each of those posts proved to be very popular. Here's another collection to add to your bookmarks. Open Culture has curated a list of 125 science videos. Their list is divided into subcategories. Each video has a brief description and a link to the video with a more detailed description. I found this video, How Large is the Universe? to be fascinating because it addresses one of those concepts that I've always had a hard time wrapping my head around.

Applications for Education
From what I saw in the descriptions, and from reading Open Culture for years I have a sense of their target audience, most of the videos deal with concepts and topics that beyond the elementary and middle school crowd. The Open Culture Science Video collection is geared toward a high school and higher audience. You're probably not going to find short and sweet explanations of concepts in the collection. Rather, what you'll find are some good videos to promote thinking about science. You could find some videos in the collection to correspond with topics you're teaching. If you're developing a wiki or website for your science course, The Open Culture collection could be a good place to start your search for videos for your wiki or website.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Teaching College Math

I recently came across a blog called Teaching College Math and even though I am not a math teacher nor have any ambitions towards teaching math, I subscribed to it right away. Teaching College Math, as the name implies, is about strategies and resources for teaching collegiate level mathematics. The target audience for the blog is collegiate mathematics teachers, but I have found some resources and strategies that high school level mathematics teachers could also find useful. For example, the presentation featured in today's blog post, developing cognitive math assessments for daily classroom use, has ideas and strategies that could easily be adapted for use in the high school classroom.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Challenge Your Students With One of These...

The high school that I teach in is located directly across the street from a community college. Our students are lucky because the community college allows our seniors to take courses for free. This is a great way for some students to challenge themselves and get sense of what it is like to take college course. Most high schools around the world aren't located across the street from a college and therefore have to find other avenues for providing challenging curriculum to their seniors.

One way to provide challenging courses to students is to work through a college course online. Another method for challenging students would be to use the freely available curriculum and syllabuses available from universities like MIT to conduct your course for advanced high school students.

Open Culture has published a great list of free, challenging courses covering a wide range of topics from philosophy to physics. Open Culture also has a list of courses available on iTunes. If you're looking for a resource to challenge your most advanced and motivated students, check out the course lists on Open Culture.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: MIT for Free- Courses and Resources for High School Students

For quite a while MIT has made available for free the course materials including lecture notes for over 1800 of their courses through their Open Course Ware website. Click here to see the course New Media Literacies available right now. Some of the books cited for the courses are available as free downloads while other books have to be purchased for

Recently MIT began offering a similar Open Course Ware site designed for high school students and teachers. The website is called Highlights for High School. The Highlights program is designed for college bound students to get exposure to introductory level (100 level) college courses. Click the image below to watch an introductory video from MIT about the Highlights program.

Applications for Educators
The MIT Highlights website is a great resource for high school teachers. The video section of the MIT Highlights website not only provides a brief summary of the topic to be discussed, provides a list of the prior knowledge a student needs in order to comprehend the subject of the video. The website provides a list of lab activities and competitions appropriate for college bound high school students. Finally, MIT provides a list of Advanced Placement course resources that teachers should find useful.