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Educators Love a Good Metaphor

by Ron Austin I remember a guest educator speaking about “scaffolding” at a Bellevue College professional development day ten years ago. The term “scaffolding” is an educational metaphor I studied while earning my Master of Education degree. I listened with interest as the educator and another visitor discussed something I had recently learned about myself. ...more about Educators Love a Good Metaphor


What to Read When You’re (Not) Teaching: September Edition

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Earlier this month, I stumbled across a handful of new books focused on digital learning at Tech.edu: A Hopkins Series on Education and Technology. The series began in 2014 and currently features nine books covering topics as varied as gamification, teaching with new media, screen learning, developing knowledge and authority in online ...more about What to Read When You’re (Not) Teaching: September Edition


Free Professional Development Certificates Available through the end of 2019

Free professional development micro courses are provided by IRIS for modules running through the end of 2019, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. (Most modules require between 1-3 hours to complete.) I recently completed the modules in Accommodations: Instructional and Testing Supports for Students with Disabilities and ...more about Free Professional Development Certificates Available through the end of 2019



Are We Overinvesting in Welcome Videos?

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Since the 1980s, we have seen plenty of research on the isolating effects of digital education. Students taking online courses often complain of feeling lonely and detached from their instructors and peers and disengaged from the course content because of the lack of social interaction involved in many elearning environments. For the ...more about Are We Overinvesting in Welcome Videos?