EdX Course – Design and Development of Educational Technology

In my spare time… I said that without laughing or asking myself “What’s that?”…I’m taking a couple of EdX courses.

Like Coursera these are free online courses designed and delivered by universities around the world. Successful completion of courses results in awards and certificates and increasingly such courses are seen as being real examples of continuing personal and professional development for individuals to include on CV’s and online profiles.

I’ve taken many online courses in the past and most recently have been following a course on the situation in the Middle East. Students talk about these things and ask questions even if it isn’t within your role to teach them and I don’t know about anyone else but I like to be able to respond and know that my response is accurate or at least historically correct.

This week I also started a course which looks to be very interesting already, the clue is in the title of this post, it’s Design and Development of Educational Technology developed and delivered by the prestigious American university MIT.

It looks at educational theories, mainly constructivism and constructionism and links them to the development of technology for educational use.

If like me you are keen to develop yourself as a technologically savvy teacher or if you want to delve deeper into these learning theories as part of your PGCE this could be a good one for you. Also if you are studying a masters in education either as part of a real class or through distance learning there are ideas which may help you to develop your own academic thought and opportunities to discuss ideas and concepts with people involved and interested in education technology from around the world, at all levels of knowledge with wide and varied experience. It’s all good stuff and comes free.
Just follow THIS LINK TO EDX and see all of the courses on offer and also check out Coursera here too, they have lots of courses which run in the same way on their site.


Useful techy teaching resource

This is a great little ipad app which I spotted shared by a friend on Facebook. I had seen it before but it was on my list of things to look into further and her post helped to jog my memory to do that.

Post it Plus turns an image of post it notes gathered as part of a class discussion, exercise, Q&A or whatever into digital post it notes. How cool is that? They can then be used again, shared for use on one of the many virutal desk tops/whiteboards that there are available now or just shared with the group as an aide memoire or jointly constructed class notes also other users can add to the notes so useful for students who were not at a session or who may think of something later.

Follow THIS LINK for more info and a short video demo.