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A Learning Goal

I’m requiring students in my technology course to keep a blog.  I think it’s an excellent way for them to learn about the technology and hopefully develop habits of reflective practice.  One of my course goals is to teach students … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Tomorrow, I’ll be in front of a classroom again!  I’ll be teaching 1 section of a 1-credit technology course for teachers and later in the week, I’ll be teaching 2 sections of a 3-credit science methods course for elementary school … Continue reading

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An End

Six years ago, I applied for a PhD program.  I wanted to further my ability to make a difference in the lives of children.  Also, I was comfortable in the university environment and didn’t want to leave.   I loved … Continue reading

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Becoming a Runner

Image via Wikipedia In the past three months, I’ve become a runner.  It’s an odd transformation, particularly because I’ve run before without becoming a runner.  I was a member of my school’s cross country team during my senior year of … Continue reading

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Focused Conversations for Schools

The Art of Focused Conversation for Schools describes a questioning method for facilitating classroom (or faculty meeting) discussions.  I found the book pretty light-weight. It only takes a few pages to describe the method, which revolves around four levels of … Continue reading

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More about me . . .

I decided to take David Wiley’s New Media, Social Media and Learning course at BYU this semester even though I’ve recently moved two timezones away.  I signed up for the course because I spend most of my day, every day … Continue reading

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A tribute to Grandfather Smith, Great-uncle Gene, and other heroes

I usually write about learning and in a way, this post is no different. As a child, I learned a lot about “being a Smith” from my grandfather. He sat me on his lap and said stuff like, “Smiths are … Continue reading

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