Saturday, August 31, 2019

Connections ECE 600

Please post pictures of the important people in your life and tell us something about you we would never guess. This is not a graded exercise, really just for fun, and response is optional. However, your response can count towards your substantive weekly participation points. I would add that I love coffee. I used Collage Maker (2019) to make this photo. Reference Collage Maker | BeFunky: Create Photo Collages. (2019). Retrieved April 23, 2019, from BeFunky website: Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 RSV

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Melanie Nezer: The fundamental right to seek asylum | TED Talk

Melanie Nezer: The fundamental right to seek asylum | TED Talk

Friday, June 7, 2019

Serious Writers are Read

This post was originally written for middle school students writing blog posts way back in 2006...

How to get other people to take your writing seriously and read what you write:
  • Be concise
    • Paragraphs - use 'em
    • Five paragraphs max
    • Say what you are going to say, say it, then say what you have said
  • Images
    • Include an eye-catching thematic pic when you can
  • Include hyperlinks
    • plain URLs waste people's time (no dead links - stink like fish)
    • hyperlinks support your writing
  • Cite sources
    • use APA format to reference sources at the end of your post
  • Technorati Tags (or labels or hashtags)
    • Use at least three tags
    • Spaces in a tag make two tags - no spaces
    • Use the tag generator
    • Don't forget to ping
  • Check the deep web for information on your topic
  • Academic writing is not letter writing
    • No closing or signature
    • Pronouns agree
    • Verbs agree

Friday, May 31, 2019

Write a first-rate blog post! in syndication for TEC 544

Photo by Lisa Durff
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The following are some traits of successful blog posts (written for fellow learners):

1. The posts (or comments) are well written. This includes not only good content, but standard English conventions including capitalization, organization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Always write in MEAL paragraphs.
2. The posts (or comments) are responsive. They respond to other people’s ideas – whether it is a post by a teacher, a comment by a student, or an idea elsewhere on the Internet. The power of blogs is in connections – they are connected to a larger community of ideas. Participate in that community.
3. The posts (or comments) include textual references to support opinions. Adding quotes or links to other works strengthens your post. Always include citations.
4. To be part of the dialogue, part of the conversation, you have to participate fully, consistently and often.
5. Your posts (or comments) are respectful of others. It’s okay to disagree; it’s not okay to be disagreeable. Be respectful of others and their opinions, and be civil when you disagree.
6. Your posts speak to visual literacy by carefully choosing an image to include. The image should refer to what is written. Always use images licensed by Creative Commons and provide attribution.

1-2-3 Blog Posts
  1. Include an image
  2. Include hyperlinks
  3. Include your reflective response

Monday, October 15, 2018

No Food, No FEMA: Hurricane Michael’s Survivors Are Furious

No Food, No FEMA: Hurricane Michael’s Survivors Are Furious: Miles and miles of Florida are obliterated, and residents have been left to fend for themselves with little help from the government.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Research Request-High School Teachers' Responses Sought

[This is posted for a graduate student working on her thesis]

I understand that many of you may be in vacation mode, but for the sake of RESEARCH, I’m hoping you can spare a moment to help me out!!

I am aiming for a nationally representative sample and am looking for help.
I am making the following request:

1. PLEASE, if you’re a high school teacher, TAKE MY SURVEY (see the link to survey below).

2. Please help me SPREAD THE WORD and pass on the survey and information below to any and all high school teachers you may know. In addition, if you are a part of, or know of any other organizations or groups that might contain my target population (high school teachers), PLEASE share with them as well.

I am an experienced Sociology, Psychology, and AP Psychology teacher currently wrapping up my master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University. My thesis research is exploring high school teachers’ understanding of and professional development surrounding an atypical student population.
Research details:

To participate there is an online survey (Secondary School Teachers’ Understanding of the Impact of Immigration Policy on High School Students) that should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. It can easily be completed on a phone, tablet, or computer. Here is the link to the survey:

Participation is anonymous and voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any time. Upon completion, you have the option to enter your email address in a separate survey for the chance to win one of the following: $50 Amazon gift card (1 available), $25 Amazon gift card (4 available). If are you under 18 years of age, or not a certified high school educator, please do not respond to the survey.

Questions? Contact the Principal Investigator (my advisor), Maureen Blankemeyer, at or 330.672.9397. You may also contact Kent State University’s Institutional Review Board at 330.672.2704.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.