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Margaret Riel
Interests: Educational Change, Technology
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This post is about reading, and while there are lots of technology tools to support learning to read, there is no substitute for the emotional warmth and intellectual comfort that comes from being read to. This post is about non-digital... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
Worms are not something that most people find charming. But I guess I am not most people as I care about my thousands of worms in much the way others might care about their tropical fish. While I don't know them by name, I do know what they like, and do not like to eat. I monitor their growth a and I enjoy watching their life cycles. This blog is for sharing my thoughts about worms with others who are just starting their worm bins. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Working Worms
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How do you manage peer editing in an online or face to face learning? What technology works for you?This post shares what technology I used in teaching online courses with about twenty students. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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If you get annoyed at having to tie your shoes again and again...if you wish all shoes were loafers, I found something that will make you happy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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It is with some reservation that I offer this post about ResearchGate. Like many of you, I suffer from Facebook, Google+, Linked-in, and Twitter fatigue. They each want to be my number one place to spend time I don't have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
While it mignt not be as fun to inherit e-books, the social networknig around what we read might bring a different value that we have not had in the past. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Fair warning: this blog is about things not generally talked about in polite company. But it scores as my favorite tech purchase of 2012. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Finally a super light keyboard for the ipad. And a computer to give to those who think they are too old to learn computers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
I was recently asked to write a blog on learning circles for MicroSoft's Partners in Learning. I am going to include some of that blog here. I have been involved with learning circles for most of my career. I started... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Time is divided into cycles that are exist beyond us, the spinning of the earth the path of the moon and the planet's path around the sun. But there are are also personal cycles and technology can help us get a better understanding of how cycles shape our life. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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My son shared this link of this representation of the history of political ideology. I think it is important to see the differences of our two party system over time. It seem that over time, there is movement to correct... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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I admit it. I am an addict. I check polls first thing in the morning and last thing at night. During the day "alerts" steam into my phone promising me new results -- new numbers. And they pull me back to my addition. Once started, I can waste hours mulling over this poll or that one, reading trend data, news stories. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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A few months ago, I discussed the role of data visualization in learning. Recently more tools have been developed that make it easier for one to create clear graphics to visualize relationships. I have been exploring one tool that is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
Flash mobs are are formed when a group of people who appear to be unrelated moving through or enjoying a public space suddenly suddenly break out of everyday life to be come performers. The people who really are just passing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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So what is augmented reality? If you are looking at what we affectionately call the "real" world, AND you are also seeing an overlay of information that is not technically there, but is for you, that is augmented reality. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
Google+ Hangouts with extra are a great tool for online teaching and for collaboration projects in online programs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Social networking has a new player--Google+ provides a clean and intuitive alternative to facebook with group video conferencing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Con Artists intentionally mislead people to get their money. And on the web, as on any context, their are "snake oil" salesmen, and con artists who will come up with any number of schemes make money off of the unsuspecting.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
Thanks Barry, I did go and join.
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When researchers present their findings they address other researchers. Teachers are not present, are not listening, and most importantly, are not consuming much of the research presented. The flow of ideas from the research community to world of educational practice is slow and often much is lost in the translation process. Action research encourages teachers to be active consumers of research and engage in a data informed process of sharing their insights. Acceptance of action research into the families of research strategies could provide the missing bridge between the worlds of research and practice. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Looking back in time can help you understand large shifts and think more deeply about what it means to move forward. This post traces some of our major technological inventions over the past two centuries looking for patterns. It ends for questions about how technology is leveraging our future. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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In this post... I ask you to watch a video, think about some gaming for health and put these two systems together to think about what is missing in schooling. Watching Rosling's video reminded me of the Al Gore being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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I am going to contrast an unlikely pair of movies...Social Network and Waiting for Superman, and then use them to reflect on my participation in the largest gathering of people I have ever joined-- The Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or Fear) in Washington, DC on October 30, 2010. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
Google is introducing a new feature --gmail priority mail -- help for those drowning in email.. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us
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Sometimes we focus on the importance of stuff which doesn't make us happy. Wealth comes from managing wants as well as money. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Mindmaps: The Connections Between Us