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What does the classroom say?

Yesterday I had a short talk in the ITLC Themed Session called “Change the Classroom, Change the Learning” about the necessity of math classroom redesign.

Without changing the classrooms, it is unlikely that we will see much change in the instructors or students.

Here is the video from the talk, called “What does the Classroom Say?” and the slides from the presentation.

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See you at AMATYC 2011

I’ve got three public presentations at AMATYC:

  • Learning through Games in Beginning Algebra, Thursday: 10-11:30am in Rm. 417AB
  • Change the Classroom, Change the Learning: Friday, 11:15-11:45am in Salon D
  • The Search for a KAP Gap in Collegiate Mathematics: Friday, 3:30-4:20 in Salon A

Playing through Games in Beginning Algebra: In this hands-on workshop, we’ll play with algebra games, puzzles, and manipulatives that you can take back to your classrooms. In addition we’ll examine a few of the good digital games that are now available.

Change the Classroom, Change the Learning: In 2009 we began a redesign plan for two of the classrooms on our campus to encourage student-centered teaching practices.  The results were more surprising than we expected.  If you want to change the way instructors teach, you may have to change their environment first.

The Search for a KAP Gap in Collegiate Mathematics: A Knowledge-Attitude-Practice Gap is when we know about something, and have a favorable attitude, but choose not to use or practice it.  Have math instructors fallen into a KAP Gap with regards to student-centered teaching practices? In order to search for a KAP Gap, I first had to search for all the missing information.  Who are community college math instructors? Do they know about student-centered instructional practices? How do they get this knowledge? What kind of professional development do they participate in? What is their attitude towards student-centered instruction? What do they believe about specific practices?  How much do they use student-centered practices?  Finally, how are their attitudes and environment connected to their practice?  The results of this study shed light on all of these questions and begin to explain why there IS a KAP Gap.  With knowledge of what’s causing the KAP Gap, we can begin to bridge it.

I will also be at the Cengage Learning Reception at the Cactus Mexican Grill on Friday night, 5:30-7:30pm.  See ya in Austin!

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What skills should we be teaching to future-proof an education?

Some time last year I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on what skills we could be focusing on in higher education to “future-proof” a degree.  What skills will stay relevant no matter what future careers look like?  There are two frameworks used and endorsed in K-12 education: Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Equipped for the Future.

I felt that the lists not quite right for adults that are returning or seeking an education.  Here is the list that I developed, and a link to the Prezi that includes many video resources that correspond with the skills.


  • Manage your information stream
  • Pay attention to details
  • Remember (when you need to)
  • Observe critically
  • Read with understanding
  • Set and meet goals


  • Media literacy (determine and create the right media for the job)
  • Present ideas digitally
  • Design for the audience
  • Depict data visually
  • Convey ideas in text
  • Speak so that others understand


  • Advocate and influence
  • Resolve conflict and negotiate
  • Collaborate (F2F or virtually)
  • Guide others
  • Lead


  • Interpret data
  • Make decisions
  • Think critically
  • Solve problems
  • Forecast
  • Filter information


  • Think across disciplines
  • Think across cultures
  • Innovate
  • Adapt to new situations
  • See others’ perspectives
  • Be creative


  • Formulate a learning plan
  • Synthesize the Details
  • Information Literacy
  • Formulate good questions
  • Reflect and evaluate
  • Know what you know


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TEDxMuskegon: A Recipe for Free Range Learning

Here’s my recent TEDxMuskegon talk called A Recipe for Free Range Learning.

In my opinion, there is the basic recipe for learning. Any type of learning, be it free range or structured, should mind the recipe to be effective.

A Recipe for Learning
Ingredients: High-quality Information
Directions: Re-engage often and reflect
Spice: Social Interaction
Final Preparation: A Final Learning Challenge

While it is possible to be a “free-range learner” I would argue that it’s not likely that the average person can successfully learn on their own, and I outline why in this talk.  The industrial education system, much maligned of late, may be a necessary evil as long as we want the majority of people to have a broad liberal arts education.

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Ignite on the Learn This Button

After this presentation, my husband told me it was the best one he has ever seen me do.  The Ignite format is 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds each.  Please watch, and if you want to see Socrait get built, please forward it to everyone you know, post it on Facebook, share it on Twitter and GooglePlus.  Thanks :)

Ignite Great Lakes: Where’s the Learn This Button?

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A Recipe for Free Range Learning

On Saturday I spoke on the Live Stage at the Maker Faire in Detroit. The stage was in the Henry Ford Museum and it was the first time I have ever spoken under an airplane.

Description: Never has there been a time where information could be so freely found outside of formal education. It’s a time when you can learn just about anything you desire. However, it’s not enough to just have access to the information. To engage in learning (in or outside of education) you need to have the essential ingredients and a good recipe. What can you do today to enhance the effectiveness of free-range learning, and how will the DIY movement affect learning in the future?

This prezi has a fabulous new illustration by Mat Moore (the house of free-range learners/makers).


We did record a video, but I’ll warn you right now that while the audio is good, the video quality is not fantastic (the room was dark).

I only had about two weeks notice to come up with a presentation for this event, so this was quite a bit of work in a short time frame. Hope you enjoy it!

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Future of eLearning

Here is today’s talk from the World Future Conference. I’ve been thinking about the future of eLearning for almost a year now (in preparation for this talk). It’s always amazing to me how my unorganized thoughts crystalize into visions in the last few days before a talk. In this talk I propose a new direction (vision) for educational eLearning – one in which the learning platform is chosen and customized by the student instead of the instructor and institution.

Links related to today’s presentation:

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Year in Review 2010

Clearly, the best of 2010 is yet to be published (happy to report that the last two chapters of my dissertation have been turned in to my advisor).

Time seems to bend towards the end of the year in a way that I don’t actually remember all the things I’ve done in this year (every year feels like three years to me).  So, it’s always useful to me to reflect on what I accomplished during the actual calendar year.

Places I visited (for speaking engagements, conferences, meetings or fun*):

  • Arizona: Scottsdale, Phoenix (twice), and Sedona*
  • California: Mountain View
  • Florida: Orlando
  • Georgia: Savannah
  • Indiana: Indianapolis (twice) and Bloomington
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Massachusetts: Boston (twice)
  • Michigan: Ypsilanti, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor
  • Missouri: Kansas City
  • North Carolina: Raleigh
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma City (twice)
  • Texas: Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso (all different trips)
  • Virginia: Fairfax
  • Washington: Seattle
  • Wisconsin: Madison
  • International: Germany, Belgium*, The Netherlands*

Presentations I built this year (at 20-30 hours per presentation, this is no small task):

  • Algebra is Weightlifting for the Brain (slides or video)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age (mindmap)
  • Math Technology to Engage, Delight and Excite (slides or video)
  • Mathematweets (Prezi)
  • Playing to Learn Math? (Prezi or video)
  • Playing to Learn? (Prezi)
  • Play and Learn (mindmap)
  • Levers of Change in Higher Education (Prezi or video)
  • Future Proof Your Education (Prezi)
  • Learning is the Future of Math (mindmap)
  • Digital Learning Projects for Math (slides)

Conferences I attended:

  • TeamUp in El Paso, TX (January)
  • Tech Tools in Scottsdale, AZ (February)
  • ITC eLearning in Ft. Worth, TX (February)
  • Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, Oklahoma City, OK (February)
  • TeamUp in Indianapolis, IN (March)
  • TexMATYC in Houston, TX (March)
  • ICTCM in Chicago, IL (March)
  • TeamUp in Austin, TX (March)
  • TeamUp in Orlando, FL (March)
  • MAA-Michigan in Ypsilanti, MI (May)
  • Innovations in eLearning in Fairfax, VA (June)
  • Games, Learning, and Society in Madison, WI (June)
  • World Future Society in Boston, MA (July)
  • MCC Math & Technology Workshop in Muskegon, MI (August)
  • TEDxDetroit in Detroit, MI (September)
  • Kansas City Regional Math Tech Expo in Kansas City, MO (October)
  • ETOM in Flint, MI (October)
  • TEDxFlint in Flint, MI (October)
  • Geekend 2010 in Savannah, GA (November)
  • AMATYC 2010 in Boston, MA (November)
  • MichMATYC hosted in Muskegon, MI (October)

One-day Math & Technology Workshops

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Muskegon, MI

Major Learning Areas for 2010

  • Game design
  • Learning Analytics
  • Futuring
  • Social Media
  • Data Visualizations

Publications this year

Other notable events from this year:

  • The Calculus Tweetwars (which got a mention in The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • Several presentations featured in a Dutch book on Prezi (translated to English next)
  • Several presentations featured in the Slideshare and Prezi showcases
  • 3rd MCC Math & Technology Workshop in August 2010 at MCC with 42 participants
  • We hosted MichMATYC at MCC (and that was no small deal)
  • Launched Themed Studies program at MCC
  • We built two Math ELITEs at MCC
  • Launched The LIFT Institute at MCC (working on that website)
  • Carried out dissertation research and turned in all chapters of dissertation
  • Gold Medallion status on Delta Airlines
  • Launched new blog for my futurist and learning-related posts (see EdgeOfLearning)

I’m sorry I’m not posting as often as I used to (only 113 posts in 2010), but hopefully you’re still interested in what I do take the time to share.  If I could figure out a way to pay for an assistant, I would have more time to write.  I will tell you that if you’re not following along on twitter, you’re missing a lot of the great resources I find.  If you haven’t taken the plunge yet … well, it IS time for New Year’s Resolutions. :)

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Playing to Learn Math (the video)

This presentation is a philosophical argument for what is wrong with the way we teach math and why we need to bring the fun back to learning it.  It serves as an argument for any subject (although it is particularly targeted towards math).

Prezi presentation: Playing to Learn Math?

Video from MichMATYC keynote (45 min)

I haven’t had time to produce the picture-in-picture video, so if you want to watch the keynote, pull it up side-by-side with the Prezi and click through in the appropriate spots.


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Playing to Learn Math (new version)

I am at the Kansas City Math Technology Expo this weekend doing two talks.

Today’s talk was Playing to Learn Math? I gave this at TexMATYC in the spring, but just updated it to add some non-digital types of play that you can use in the classroom.  There are five great math games mentioned in this presentation. Direct links to these games are below:

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