Dr. Z’s Presentations

Looking for an opportunity to get together? I would love to have a chance to talk with you face-to-face and share your successes.  Sometimes it seems like this blog is too much one way. Over the next few months, I will be speaking throughout Iowa and even visiting Philadelphia for […]

5 Word Clouds Reveal What ISTE Standards Emphasize

Recently I was preparing for teaching my course, Leading Change Through Instructional Technology. As I was reviewing the ISTE Standards, I became interested in looking for the emphases in each of the areas identified by these standards.  It was quite obvious that addressing the teacher standards would prepare Teachers for […]

Alan Kay – Invents the Future

Alan Kay is one of my heros.  He was one of the earliest pioneers in Object-Oriented Programming, personal computing and graphical user interface.  Dr. Kay has had a productive life where he was part of the Xerox PARC where they developed an entire genre of personal computing that was later […]

10 Ways to Get Teachers to Embrace Technology

BodyGuardCareers.com Using Technology to support learning is a useful idea, but sometimes it is difficult to induce teachers to Embrace Change. Notice that I didn’t say Embrace Technology.  Change will only happen when educators believe that there is a reason to change and that it will make a positive difference in […]

Goodbye Mr. Nimoy

I am sorry to hear that Leonard Nimoy has left this dimension to Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before.  You can see that my family and I played roles in an episode with Spock and Kirk.  (I am the vulcan on the left side.) What’s YOUR opinion? Leave […]

Who Are My Online Students This Semester?

I have had the privilege of having Educational Leadership students in my distance ed courses from all around the world. I also have a cohort of Instructional Technology Masters students and a class of Undergraduate Teacher Education students from primarily Iowa. 6:00 AM Crowd (9:00 PM in Korea. Last two are […]

Communicating with Students Online

I am finding that one of the toughest parts of online learning is COMMUNICATION. Communication between teacher and students is ALWAYS important but there is another level needed for developing crisp communication lines when you are teaching online.When you are working with online courses, your students are accessing your materials at […]

Reflections of Online Dr. Z

As I pointed out in my last posting, I am experiencing a new world this semester in that I am teaching ALL of my courses online. I have taught online courses in the past, but have always taught 1 or 2 in the classroom face-to-face with my students.  This has […]