“Hello 65427! How are you today?” “Great BrianSmith. What about you?” As schools in North America are starting their school years and picking back up in Quest Atlantis, this is a great time to start talking about the best ways to get students logged in to the program. Do you see what might be wrong [...]
When we talk about effective instruction and positioning the learner as an active agent of change who transforms the world in powerful ways, the issue of teacher training becomes central. How do we, as educators, prepare learners to participate in such an interactive way? And also, how do we equip our pre-service teachers to respond [...]
Teacher Connections restarted back in September and the last 4 months have raised some very interesting discussions as well as opportunities for QA teachers to locate mentors, local teaching buddies, join collaborative projects and source prospective co-questing classes. The December meetings were small but very engaging as many Southern Hemisphere schools are now preparing for end of the year and retiring their QA classes and US counterparts were getting back in the swing after Thanksgiving celebrations.
Each of the main Units currently have theme parks: Taiga, Virtual Mesa Verde, Plague and Statistics. In the coming months, additional theme parks for Spacenik and Drakos will also be found in Teacherville.
I was setting up accounts in the next Teacher Online Professional Development for QA and I got a Skype call from someone I did not recognize. I did not accept the call but instant messaged the person to find out what they wanted. The caller said they were part of the next online course and [...]
Quest Atlantis Units (Taiga, Plague, Ander City Statistics, Spacenik, etc.) are the curricular features that give teachers and students the biggest reward, in motivation, engagement, and learning. But they also require the biggest investment in time—often taking up to 12 days in the computer lab with more classroom and teacher prep time to support them. [...]
My post here builds on Donna’s recent comments about the fun quotient in teacher learning in Quest Atlantis. Teacher involvement in Quest Atlantis is not only a chance to get back in touch with your sense of play but a chance to be part of a burgeoning professional learning community. Let me describe some of [...]
“For every job that must be done, there’s an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game!” Mary Poppins Dr. Melissa Gresalfi and I were brainstorming earlier this week about some new professional development Missions we’re creating aimed at helping teachers get a handle on some of our most popular [...]
On the Tuesday, July 7th I was invited to be the ISTE guest speaker in Second Life to talk about Quest Atlantis. The presentation came to life when 8 QA teachers in the audience came up to join me on stage and to describe their experience with QA and field questions about educational practices and [...]