Thanks Dr. Larson

Thanks Dr. Larson, I am reposting this from your blog:


The Flipped Classroom

During class we have had several discussion and comments on the “flipped classroom”. Speaking as a parent whose children’s math skills passed me up in the 8th grade, I think the idea of the flipped classroom is brilliant. My kids bemoaned the frustrations they had with homework nightly. Their frustrations weren’t with having to do homework, well perhaps it was a bit, they were simply lost and had to wait until the next day to clear up their questions and learn a new lesson. It was very helpful when we discovered Kahn Academy and began to use the videos as supplemental instruction when they were lost in their homework. they certainly helped. If my kids were offered a trial flipped classroom, I would encourage them for sure. Here is a link to a blog article talking about the pros and cons of the flipped classroom:


College is Dead. Long Live College

Special thanks to Brenda who posted this Time Magazine article in her PLE. I found it very interesting:

The article mentions Udacity, which is a site that offers massive open online courses (MOOC) for free. Once I am done with the IT program at the University of Tennessee, I may give their Intro to Computer Science class a try.

NMC 2012 Horizon Report K-12 Edition

For those of us who are new to PLE’s, the NMC 2012 Horizon Report, K-12 Edition, has a section on PLE’s. Here is the link: The PLE section of the document begins of page 24.

Cognitive Load Issues

I recently met with a group of professionals who work for a company that designs eLearning options for the health care industry as part of my IT 595 class. One of the designers, Jay Hill, sent me a link to a website he had designed when he was a UT grad student studying Instructional Technology. I have found it very helpful:

Here is a screenshot:


On of my favorite ways to share files, even large ones, is through Dropbox. It is a simple easy to use cloud based storage option for documents, photos, audio files, and videos. Between Dropbox and Evernote, I do not have to carry a flash drive anymore. If you do not use Dropbox and would like to, would you consider using this URL: ? If you do, I receive the benefit of a little more storage space.

Using Pinterest

I have been using Pinterest for a little while. My daughters have been using it for quite a while. Based on their use, I thought it was a fashion and hairstyle tutorial website. After a little looking I discovered it was much more. Up until recently I have used it to collect information on home project plans, art projects, recipes, tattoo designs, etc. It wasn’t until I began IT 570 that I considered using it to collect ideas to ID&T. I was surprised there ID&T pins out there…and even boards. So I have begun collecting pins and using Pinterest as another PLE. Here is a link to my IT board:


A helpful post offered in tonight’s class on Marzono and the Nine Essential Instructional Strategies found on the Knox County School website.

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Marc Gamble: PLE’s – My Hunt For Meaning

Before IT 570, I had never heard of a PLE. The assignment due tonight has us researching PLE’s specifically within our area of work. Sadly (or not), I do not know what career path I am headed toward. In my search, I found a helpful YouTube video that has helped me understand PLE’s a bit better. It is a bit long, but I found it helpful.

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Marc Gamble – Amy Fara Fowlers attempt to woo Sheldon Cooper

I loved Dr. Larson’s clip from Big Bang Theory (BBT) as I have been a fan since it debuted. When I have time to watch television, I usually scan for BBT. I was watching one night last week that I believe demonstrates the constructivist learning theory.

Amy Fara Fowler attempt to speed up the progression of her relationship with Sheldon Cooper by using cues that bring up past memories in an attempt to transfer those good memories to her. She uses her contextual knowledge of Sheldon’s past experiences and attempts to recontextualize them so that she is then part of a new context of those experiences.

I hope I haven’t missed it completely.