I invite all of you to take a look at this as well as the rest of Mark’s site. There are some very good articles there as well as an active user forum.
On Monday I attended a nice ceremony to receive an award for being among a group of faculty that have “left a mark on our students”. Apparently this puts me in the top 5% of faculty over the 70 year history of our university system at the Tecnológico de Monterrey here in Mexico.
Obviously those of us with a large number of semesters (and total number of groups taught) have an advantage, or I think that would be true. It is also obvious that the more recent semesters have more students and also more students that are connected to the internet in order to hear about the voting and cast their vote.
So I posted back in July about my standup workstation. I had just started using this setup and wanted to post about it.
That was two months ago so I figured it was time to do a short update considering the office move combined with two months of using this configuration.
Just this week one of my students (he never took a class with me but we interacted and still interact so I consider him one of my students) asked me to write about this. I know he has started teaching and perhaps is in a part of his life of deciding “what to do when he grows up”.
I of course never have grown up; I get older of course but I absolutely refuse to grow up. Perhaps that is why I am still “in school” but this time on the “other side of the classroom”.
Since this is a class about flipping the class, I assigned a small amount of pre-course homework and hope that most of the students come prepared. Yes I know that teachers make the worst students, myself included.
I also want to point out a couple related posts while I am on the subject.
Last summer I decided to take my first steps towards flipping my classroom. After one year of exploring this on my own I have decided to share my experiences with my colleagues at the Tec de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara. If you are faculty or staff, the course will be on Thursday September 5th from 3pm to 6pm.
If you are wondering what this is all about, I leave you here with a few links to get started. This is by no means an exhaustive list but meant to kick start your journey. I would be happy to receive suggestions here in the comments.
That last one by Shel Silverstein especially stuck in my mind. I can recall listening to my teacher recite the poems with my head on the desk and eyes closed visualizing the story. I had the luck to come across the 30th anniversary edition (linked above) three years ago and quickly grabbed that (and other books) to bring home with me to Mexico. I wrote inside the front cover a message to my daughter about my memories of that book in my third grade class with the hope some of that excitement would rub off on her as she entered grade three (not needed, she has always been a good reader).
I figured instead of waiting around for my employer to kick in and buy me a new standing desk I would go ahead and do my own version. Modular furniture is meant to be moved around, right? Continue reading “Standing Desks”
My students and colleagues have often asked me what that red icon at the top of my browser is, so I’ll make a quick post here to point you to that as well as make some tips about password security. Continue reading “Personal Password Security with LastPass”
Many people have asked why I use Moodle and not one of the many other Learning Management Systems. I’ve been thinking about this lately and it comes down to the following: Continue reading “Moodle for my Courses Please”