Think On!/CETL Mini-grants for Critical Thinking and Classroom Technology

Think On!, Texas Wesleyan’s Quality Enhancement Plan, and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the first annual mini-grant competition in Critical Thinking and Classroom Technology. This mini-grant is designed to fund the purchase of learning technologies that will be used in face to face, online, or hybrid courses in order to increase the critical thinking skills of students. The maximum individual grant award will be $500. No more than two grants will be awarded. Only full-time faculty are eligible to apply. In order to receive the award, winners must agree to the following: Prepare a grant award report that […]

Book Club Week 3: A few peanuts from sunflower seeds

I have an old mayonnaise jar filled with trail mix on my desk. I periodically have to shake it up, because otherwise the cranberries and the peanuts drift to the top and the sunflower seeds all wind up at the bottom. This week we discussed two more chapters (5-6) from Halverson and Collins: one about how alternative learning venues are bridging the gap between traditional schooling and lifelong learning, and one about how educational systems have changed from apprenticeship to public schooling to lifelong learning. Here is one of the peanuts that came to the top for me this week: the amazing success of home schooling. In the Biology Department […]

Book Club Week 2

In the second week of discussions of  Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America our focus was directed to Chapters 3 – The The Technology Skeptics’ Argument and Chapter 4 – The Development of American Schooling. Chapter 3 provided a strong counter view of Chapter 2 -The Technology Enthusiasts’ Argument by showing some of the challenges of implementing technologies into schools. Two of those challenges are: 1) the disruption of the balance on a system that has achieved a sort of equilibrium by applying years of experience on what works and what doesn’t; and 2) the disruption of the traditional power […]

App of the Week – Socrative

 Socrative is a free student response system app for teachers and students. It allows teachers to create educational exercises, games, and quizzes to engage with students and providing real-time response updates. Socrative runs on smartphones, tablets, as well as laptops and students are not required to create accounts, just to join the classroom. This application also provides online reports for teachers as google spreadsheets or excel files. For a database of activities that you can use with Socrative click HERE. For a quick demo of this app watch the video below. For more details on how to use this app click HERE. If you have used this app in your classroom please […]

Book Club Week 1

Yay! We had our first book club meeting of the Summer and it went very well! We had great dialogue about the book chapters, education, higher-ed and how the topics in the book relate to us here at Texas Wesleyan. We started off by talking about some housekeeping items including creating a new post on the CETL blog as well as connecting with Google Hangouts – which we were able to use to three participants! Perhaps we will record our hangouts to share with the world…perhaps… In this meeting, with discussed Foreword-Chapter 2 of Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in […]

2013 Summer Book Club Schedule

We are excited to announce the 2013 Summer Book Club Schedule: Book Title Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America. Meeting Times Thursdays, from 12:15pm – 1:15pm (Bring your lunch – drinks will be provided) Location CETL Lab or via Google Hangout Requirements All participants will receive a copy of the book. Each week, the group will meet face-to-face or via Google Hangout to discuss assigned chapters. One participant will serve as a discussion leader by bringing discussion points/topics as well as supplemental materials such as links to videos, articles, or anything that is relevant to discussion (and that relates to the week’s […]

4 Stages: The Integration of Technology in Learning (Infographic)

This infographic illustrates 4 stages in which technology integrates in learning in order to be transformative and disruptive.  From directed (dependent on a teacher’s lead) to self-directed.

Presenting Dynamically with Prezi

We understand that professors have busy schedules. If you were not able to attend the Presenting Dynamically with Prezi workshop offered by the CETL, but are still interested in learning about this wonderful Web 2.0 presentation tool, please take a look at our embedded prezi presentation presentation below. If you need additional information on how to use prezi, check out the prezi team’s instructional videos HERE. If you are interested in scheduling an individual consultation with a CETL staff member to determine ways you can implement prezi in your lectures or student activities, please fill the form below. Individual Consultation Sign-up  

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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