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Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2015 July
My Summer "Vacation"
A multimedia review of my month (so far):
At the end of June and beginning of July, I was in Philadelphia to attend the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. This (below) is my "I can't believe there are 21,000 attendees at this conference!" facial expression. I got a lot of ideas for teaching EDUC 210: Educational Technology and for giving ed. tech. advice to colleagues, teacher candidates, and PreK-12 teachers. To access my notes from the conference, just click on my stunned face.
When I returned from Philadelphia, I taught a professional development graduate credit course to area PreK-12 teachers. T.R.E.C. staff and I co-teach such courses in the summer (we had taught another one in June) and get teachers fired up about new tools to enhance their teaching and their students' learning. Click the "full screen" button in the lower right corner to enlarge the video and then click the play button to see highlights from the course.
When that course wrapped up, I headed to Nashville to attend the LiveText Assessment and Collaboration Conference. There I served on a panel to talk about management of teacher candidates' field experiences. I also gave a presentation on the use of video recording to improve the quality of candidates' reflection and self-assessment (of their own teaching during their field experiences). To access my notes from the conference, just click on the photo below, which shows some higher ed assessment gurus, including Barbara Walvoord and Linda Suskie, whose work you may know.
When I returned from Nashville, I headed to Mandan to attend a conference for the ND Council of Teachers of English. The photo to the left is of Jennifer Heinz, who graduated from our Teacher Education Program in May. This spring I was her advisor for her senior project on the use of graphic novels in secondary English language arts courses. In April she won a prize at DSU's Celebration of Scholars for her presentation of that project; and she was invited by NDCTE to share the presentation with them this month. To access my notes from the conference, just click on Jen's photo.
Orientation and Welcome-Back Week, August 17-21
A few items:
Tech Tools in the Department
In June we purchased wireless presentation remote controls for use by full-time tenure-track faculty members and annual-contract instructors. Ms. Steckler has them in the department office and will check them out when you return to campus in August. You can view the product here. You will be able to carry it with you to each classroom and use it to advance the slides of a presentation as you walk around the room, to point out (using the red laser pointer) key points on the screen, and to blank the screen when you want students' attention to be elsewhere. Other technology tools available in the department include
New Resources for Advising Transfer Students
As of June 25, the Office of Academic Records has a Web page called "Transfer Student Information." It has explanations, forms, and hyperlinks that will be useful not only to transfer students joining our department but also to you in your advising of transfer students. In particular, look for the hyperlink (on that Web page) called "Transfer Equivalency Site." You can search for a college or university and see what courses from that institution have already been declared equivalent to particular courses at DSU. If you do not see a course there, but you feel that a transfer course should "count" at DSU, then you can use either the "Course Substitution Form" or the "Course Equivalency Form" (also on that Transfer Student Information page) to make a request on behalf of the transfer student.