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After a little break, I’m back in throws of teaching. The mini-mester starts on Monday and I’m looking forward to this 3-week intense course which meets daily at the University of Maryland. I’ll be teachingYoung Scholars in a course for the computer science department 
The course is CMSC198 - Special Topics in Computer Science for Non-Computer science majors. I’m looking forward to this adventure as I transition from teaching at a for-profit school to a not-for-profit school. I trust that my delivery will engage students and challenge them as well.  If they don’t leave the course with any thing else, I want them to leave the course with understanding the basics of how websites work.
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Young Scholars

After a little break, I’m back in throws of teaching. The mini-mester starts on Monday and I’m looking forward to this 3-week intense course which meets daily at the University of Maryland. I’ll be teachingYoung Scholars in a course for the computer science department 

The course is CMSC198 - Special Topics in Computer Science for Non-Computer science majors. I’m looking forward to this adventure as I transition from teaching at a for-profit school to a not-for-profit school. I trust that my delivery will engage students and challenge them as well.  If they don’t leave the course with any thing else, I want them to leave the course with understanding the basics of how websites work.

More posts coming soon.

I’m so proud of my students using twitter to take notes and capture speaking points in class. Digital Natives 3 v Digital Immigrants 0

I’m so proud of my students using twitter to take notes and capture speaking points in class. Digital Natives 3 v Digital Immigrants 0


Digital Natives 2 vs. Digital Immigrants 0


After decorating my office door with more flare, I realized that the 10 year anniversary of the term Digital Native is now. With the inner visions of the innovative educational thought leader Marc Prensky, we have been able to re-shape the way education is delivered through consumerized technology and devices.
The idea that the entire popular culture of westernized-societies have shifted and will continue to shift is not without its challenges. Many think of the term as another parametrization based on age or generation, when in fact the term has evolved to include all users that embrace the use technology in such a way that they are digitally dependent or stimulated.
The numbers are growing so quickly, that resistance to the new paradigm shift is self-defeating and in vain. Educators, now more than ever, are losing leverage as knowledge gate-keepers in their classrooms, and are being forced to continue the education process iteratively to stay relevant.
But is that a bad thing? Is it so horrible to expect our knowledge administrators or educators or teachers to continue to learn?
As an adjunct faculty member, I find it most rewarding when a student challenges the relevancy of information or data they find, and I enjoy the discovery process of disseminating the truth from credible sources. I don’t just consider myself just an educator, but a researcher and coach.
Maybe, someone reading this right now, will be inspired to think differently about the way they view the teaching and learning process. Perhaps, I’ll change the world with this single post, or even better, I’ll keep the conservation going; until enough voices are engaged and interested in making a difference.
Or it will swirl around the digital wasteland of cyberspace….

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After decorating my office door with more flare, I realized that the 10 year anniversary of the term Digital Native is now. With the inner visions of the innovative educational thought leader Marc Prensky, we have been able to re-shape the way education is delivered through consumerized technology and devices.

The idea that the entire popular culture of westernized-societies have shifted and will continue to shift is not without its challenges. Many think of the term as another parametrization based on age or generation, when in fact the term has evolved to include all users that embrace the use technology in such a way that they are digitally dependent or stimulated.

The numbers are growing so quickly, that resistance to the new paradigm shift is self-defeating and in vain. Educators, now more than ever, are losing leverage as knowledge gate-keepers in their classrooms, and are being forced to continue the education process iteratively to stay relevant.

But is that a bad thing? Is it so horrible to expect our knowledge administrators or educators or teachers to continue to learn?

As an adjunct faculty member, I find it most rewarding when a student challenges the relevancy of information or data they find, and I enjoy the discovery process of disseminating the truth from credible sources. I don’t just consider myself just an educator, but a researcher and coach.

Maybe, someone reading this right now, will be inspired to think differently about the way they view the teaching and learning process. Perhaps, I’ll change the world with this single post, or even better, I’ll keep the conservation going; until enough voices are engaged and interested in making a difference.

Or it will swirl around the digital wasteland of cyberspace….

Another satisfied student.
The power of social media in education at work here!
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Another satisfied student.

The power of social media in education at work here!

Digital Natives 1 vs. Digital Immigrants 0

I shared this infographic about the use of twitter to get them started quickly in my courses.

I shared this infographic about the use of twitter to get them started quickly in my courses.

To Skype or Not To Skype.

This webinar presentation at the University of Maryland was an intro into skype and using it on campus in our capture enabled classrooms. I had the pleasure of working with a faculty member set up a bonafide skype session as a learning technology for the duration of his Israeli Studies course and that prompted the webinar topic.

Playing with technology to help faculty solve problems is fun. Especially, when you use them in unconventional ways.

Technology du jour :

- Panopto (camera for skype)

- Skype for Mac

- Bootcamp

This was a weekly webinar held at the University of Maryland that compared the different blogging and wiki options officially supported on campus. Currently, the campus provides support for MediaWiki and Wordpress. We also use Learning Objects Campus Pack tools, however we use them as a Blackboard extension only.

MediaWiki and Wordpress provide a robust alternative for faculty and staff who want a solution that lives outside of an LMS.

This was a weekly webinar at the University of Maryland describing how to embed a Google Calendar widget into a Blackboard course space. This main motivation for doing this webinar was to accent the wonderful capabilities of widgetry, and to replace the not-so great calendar feature in Blackboard.

As a digital native, I believe that teaching and learning are collaborative activities within the knowledge transfer process that exists beyond the boundaries of a classroom. The start of the revolution was bounced around my social media networks. You didn't get that tweet?

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