What’s ahead – Lviv, Ukraine

As an opportunity to work with a few churches and the Kiev Theological Seminary, I am going to Ukraine in just a few days.  Specifically, I am leaving on the morning of December 6th.  Arriving in Kiev on December 7, 2012, I will then go to Poltava and arrive around 8:30pm (Ukraine time) which is 1:30pm Friday afternoon. 

If possible, I will contact my family via email shortly after I arrive in Poltava.  After a few days, I will leave on a train from Poltava to Lviv. An image of winter time in Lviv is shared here just to give an idea of what the weather is that I am headed into.  Along with my meetings with pastors and now some planned seminars for Active Learning Strategies that I will teach, I also hope to do some landscape photography of the gorgeous winter scenes that can be captured.  Similar to the photo here, the opportunity to photo snow on monasteries will be great.

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, has had a number of snow falls already.  Lviv, as well has experienced a number of snow showers in the past week and will have more during my time of arrival according to the forecasts.   At the Kiev Theological Seminary, I am hoping to make connections for my church to participate in a missions trip to assist evangelical churches in Ukraine.  The International Missions Board has sponsored a portion of the work at the seminary.  The school of planting churches is sponsored by the IMB.

After returning to Poltava from Lviv, I will be teaching a few seminars on Active Learning Strategies.  This allows me to share my knowledge and practice what I like to share with other teachers.  This trip may be the opening of missions opportunities for my church; however, the teaching aspect of this trip may be the conclusion of Lee University’s connections to the Pedagogical University. I certainly hope it isn’t, but that is just how things may go.

More about the trip will come as I am traveling if the connectivity is as good as it was on my last visit.   Keeping in touch —

Are teacher more like doctors – or used car salesmen?

Dana Goldstein‘s piece in the American Prospect, “The Test Generation,” presents a fascinating and disturbing juxtaposition. On one side is Harrison School District 2, a Colorado Springs-area district of about 17,000 students. School officials there recently set up a pay-for-performance scheme where “performance” means improved test scores, even for subjects like art and P.E. Godstein opens the story with a description of such an art test.
Read the rest …at Getting Schooled.

Blog e-portfolios

The advantage of a blog eportfolio is that it is easy to put up a blog. Most students have their own email so they can set up a blog quickly. They can individualize the appearance by selecting from many existing templates. A blog is a good tool for an eportfolio with much text.There ae some disadvantages. The eportfolio can contain images. However, often those images are limited. Many blog programs do not allow video. Some allow audio with special programming. The student has to be shown how to set up the blog to limit access to it if it is a school eportfolio.The student has to be more creative in showing improvements in their work such as their growth in their comparison writing. One way is for the student to write notes in parentheses such as to show the changes. For example,

via 2007 February « Education with Technology Harry G. Tuttle.

Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom

Research consistently has shown that traditional lecture methods, in which professors talk and students listen, dominate college and university classrooms. It is therefore important to know the nature of active learning … read the rest by clicking on the link below:

Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom.

Adoption Patterns

The integration of technology for teaching and learning appeals to some faculty in higher education, and not to others. This exploratory investigation builds and extends upon Rogers’ (1995) theory of the diffusion of innovations and adopter categories in order to describe current faculty innovativeness, as well as to explore the differences between early adopting faculty and mainstream faculty. A mixed-method research design, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, was employed to investigate the difference between those who readily adopt technology for teaching and learning, and those who do not. This study employed a new method for conducting educational and psychological research; an on-line, World Wide Web-based version of the survey instrument was designed and piloted for this investigation. Collecting data using the Internet is a relatively new research methodology. As such, data collected using this procedure was compared to that collected using conventional methods to determine whether equivalent results can be obtained.

via Adoption Patterns and Characteristics of Faculty who Integrate Computer Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education by Dawn Michele Jacobsen.