I’ve added a link to the top of my blog today to a webinar I’m sharing on May 7, 2008, for the CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration) entitled, “Quick Victories for Blended Learning.” I first heard the term “quick victories” from Marco Torres, during or after one of his presentations at the MACE 2007 conference in Manhattan, Kansas. (My notes from his keynote are available.)

I am certainly interested and committed to the goal of comprehensive school reform, but I also recognize the need teachers have for instructional strategies, tools, and ideas which can be readily implemented in their classroom right away, without a need for securing large amounts of grant funding or other resources. How can I more effectively use the technology tools available in my classroom today, to design and invent learning tasks for students which have a high probability of authentically engaging them? That is the topic I will tackle in this upcoming webinar, with a specific focus on blended learning tools including digital storytelling.

I have not completed a new wiki curriculum page for this workshop, but will be working on it in upcoming weeks. You can check out my presentations and workshops on blended learning and digital storytelling in the meantime. :-)

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  • http://www.needleworkspictures.com/ocr/blog Mathew

    So many keynotes and workshops focus on technology tools that ignore the reality of what teachers face in the real world. Most teachers in my district have one computer in their classroom and they’re lucky if it works. Thanks for focusing on tools teachers easily have at their disposal and can implement tomorrow.

  • http://teachersbag.edublogs.org/ Joel Zehring

    One up for Mathew. Noob teachers to ed tech need emotionally and intellectually frictionless tools and project ideas that make them feel professional and empowered.

  • http://psesd.org/weblogs/edtech/ Conn McQuinn

    Great term, Wesley. Lately I’ve been using the phrase “Teacher Return on Investment” to reflect the time and effort it takes for a teacher to figure out a new technology and implement it in a way that improves their teaching or student learning. Too many technologies require too much teacher investment before they see a result, and they get tired or discouraged. “Quick Victories” is a much more poetic take on it!

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Conn:

    I give the credit to Marco! I’m just trying to stand on the shoulders of giants! ;-)

    Hey, I saw your post about mobile webcasting– good luck with your experiments! It’s bleeding edge at this point for sure, but the capabilities should just get better!

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