June 2014 archive

Constructivism: Lecture and project-based learning

The blog entry title initially was:

Constructivism: Lecture versus project-based learning

Actually, the article is about both lecture and group work finding a niche in the complex process of teaching and learning.

Excellent points, ideas and discussion in and under a recently published article:

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture


“Professors do not engage students enough, if at all, when trying to innovate the classroom. It’s shocking how out of touch they can be, just because they didn’t take the time to hear their students’ perspectives.”

The article and the excellent comments underneath the article do not address the possibility of cultural differences. E.g., when article cites the German research, it fails to acknowledge that the US culture is pronouncedly individualistic, whereas other societies are more collective. For more information pls consider:
Ernst, C. T. (2004). Richard E. Nisbett. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and Why. Personnel Psychology, (2), 504.
Nisbett, R. E. (2009). Intelligence and how to get it : why schools and cultures count / Richard E. Nisbett. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.
The article generalizes, since another omission is the subject-oriented character of the learning process: there are subjects, where lecture might be more prevalent and there are some where project learning, peer instruction and project-based learning might be more applicable.

Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority

Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority


Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who is highly antagonistic to teachers’ unions, is creating an organization to pursue a Vergara-style lawsuit in New York against teachers’ job protections. Her campaign will have the public relations support of an agency led by Robert Gibbs, former Obama Press Secretary, and Ben LaBolt, former Obama campaign spokesman.

The Overworked Bachelor’s Degree Needs a Makeover

The Overworked Bachelor’s Degree Needs a Makeover


see also our blog post: Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching
Advanced college degrees are less important to them. 64% of Gen Z-ers are considering an advanced college degree, compared to 71% of millennials.

What’s desperately needed is a bachelor’s-degree makeover, one that isolates the liberal-arts education everyone needs in a fast-changing global economy and is flexible enough to accommodate the demand for skills training throughout one’s life.


Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching

Millennials Are Old News — Here’s Everything You Should Know About Generation Z





Generation on a Tightrope


Generations X,Y, Z and the Others – Cont’d 

Beyond Millennials: How to Reach Generation Z


52% use youtube or social media for typical research assignments

generation z

Infographic from:






Social Media: excellent mashup for video + Web form

A new start up just released a “free” option to add drawings, multiple-choice and open questions to videos published on YouTube, Vimeo etc. It is an excellent opportunity to add interactivity and combine in one your video material with feedback from your end users. It is specifically targeting the educational world.

Here is an example of having an YouTube video created by MassComm student Collette Jackson for the Library about the use of social media with added interactivity by Zaption:


The company is targeting mobile devices for creation of their product.

Please let us know, if you need more information and/or support: ims@stcloudstate.edu


Social Media: How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy


the tripod for iPAD is a compelling idea, but my personal choice is the wireless mics.

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