Edublog Awards 2011
Dec 18th, 2011 by Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

I am pleased to report that this blog, “In Search of Scientific Creativity” was recognized as one of the top 5 finalists in the 2011 Edublog Awards.

I also want to congratulate the other finalists in my category:

. Brunswick Acres Art Blog 665http://baart.weebly.com/
. allatc 343http://allatc.wordpress.com/
. Teacher Tom 315http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/
. Ms Mac’s Website 185http://kmcfadzen.wordpress.com/
. In Search of Scientific Creativity 155http://problemfinding.labanca.net/
Citations responsibility
May 28th, 2009 by Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.
When I blog, I often include a photo, often searched from Google images, that I post on the right side of my posts.  Stylistically, it’s just what I’ve done over the years, and I don’t intend to change this practice.   What I do intend to change is my responsibility to identify my sources for images.  I’ve noticed that WordPress (my blogging platform) gives options to include a caption with each photo – I will start using that caption to include a citation. 

referenceI teach responsibility of giving credit to others with my students.  I need to model good practice and do the same myself.

Offering professional development
Nov 11th, 2008 by Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

I was recently asked to present a professional development workshop to teachers on blogging. The blogs I work with in my classroom are very different from this one. This blog really is more of a reflexivity journal for me, while my classroom blogs really are based on students socially constructing knowledge together. I think my graduate students, who often view this blog, might differ on this description, as their comments reflect social learning here as well.

Here’s the presentation:

In any event, my workshop, which lasted around an hour and forty-five minutes began with an activity about asking conceptual questions. This part of the workshop took an hour. For me, this was far more important than the actual technology use. After all, if we talk about good instruction, blogging only becomes an instructional tool. Asking students meaningful, open-ended, ill-defined, multiple perspective/response questions are critical for developing thoughtful intuitive minds. A blog can asynchronously facilitate this.

So we’re back to the same ideas, which ultimately are critical: technology should enhance instruction, not replace or impede it. It should make learning meaningful, not burdensome.

This is a challenge in the statistics class I am taking, because the technology, in this case, SPSS statistical analysis software, should allow students to understand and interpret concepts. When the technology gets in the way of learning concepts, then real learning stops occurring. The software needs to only be a tool to allow students/researchers to make meaning of their questions – to help them validly and reliably answer them.

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