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Draft Ideas for BU Summer Course

  • Ideas for BU course on Current Topics in Education

    Weekly twitter chat

    Weekly webinar

    Face to face meeting in May before students leave

    Face to face meeting just before school starts in fall


    Write a blog post summarizing what you learned about a specific topic. Write it as if you are giving advice to parents and educators regarding trends and what to look for.

    Facilitate a webinar and a tweeter chat

    Group project on a topic – Each group should create and post a slideshow and facilitate a webinar on a topic of choice.

    Create your own professional learning network and submit a description.

    Self Assessment Expectation: Students will assess their efforts, production, and participation during the course and defend their expected grade.

    Possible Topics in no special order:

    Learning theory

    Learning Practices
    Flipped/Mastery Classrooms
    BYOD/ 1:1
    Project-based learning

    Standardized Testing pros and cons, cheating, opting out efforts

    Grading practices including getting rid of grades and/or replacing them with badges

    Anti bullying efforts (sexting should also be mentioned here)

    MOOC’s, blended learning, and other online learning issues including skipping college and taking charge of your own learning

    The fact that about half of high school grands need remedial college courses

    Using computer games for learning

    Topics in special education
    Response to intervention
    Increase in ADHD diagnosis and abuse of ADHD medication
    Increase in autism diagnosis

    Reduced funding from states for K-12 and Higher Ed – The cost of college and student loan debt

    Home Schooling trends

    Social media in education – Should schools use it or block it?

    Entrepreneurship in education K-12 and higher ed

    Student and teacher blogging

    Skype in the classroom

    The impact of Internet porn on students and student-parent relationships – What role should schools have in preparing children

    Innovations in teacher preparation and professional development (PLNs)

    Educational innovations on the BU campus

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