Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 8

The importance of instructional design for learning:



Instructional designers carry out “the practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources” (Januszewski & Molenda, 2007).








Citation: Boling, E., Alangari, H., Hajdu, I. M., Guo, M., Gyabak, K., Khlaif, Z., Kizilboga, R., Tomita, K., Alsaif, M., Lachheb, A., Bae, H., Ergulec, F., Zhu, M., Basdogan, M., Buggs, C., Sari, A. and Techawitthayachinda, R. “. (2017), Core Judgments of Instructional Designers in Practice. Perf Improvement Qrtly, 30: 199–219. doi:10.1002/piq.21250




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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 1

Good Teachers Work Hard

Great Teachers Work Together! ~Tom Loud, @loudlearning


Today’s Weekend Ed. Quotes is dedicated to the best teacher I know: my mom, who would have turned 88 years old today.




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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 24

Fruits of the Spirit Teague

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863




Collage by Teague


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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

give thanks
What a great tradition, this 4th Thursday of November we call Thanksgiving.  A day dedicated to Thanks.  A time to enjoy family and friends, in a feast of good food and good company.  A day to reflect on thankfulness shown to you by family, friends and people unknown.  A day to touch someone known or unknown to you, that maybe less fortunate during these rough times for many.
This day we must give thanks to the many who wear the uniform in our armed forces and protect our nation from our enemies.  Without their dedication and commitment to us, this nation, we would not be able to have this day of Thanks.
Take a minute to renew your spirit of living, to illuminate what brings you joy, meaning and to give thanks to the many special people who have touched your/our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving.
(from my friend J. McShane)


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 18

“A collaborative perspective has the individual taking responsibility for constructing meaning while including the participation of others in confirming worthwhile knowledge. Meaningfulness and worthwhileness reflect the cognitive and social perspectives of an educational experience. Therefore, meaning and knowledge are both personally and socially constructed. This balanced integration of cognitive and collaborative learning processes, therefore, defines learning outcomes as both personally meaningful and socially worthwhile.” (Garrison, 1997, p. 18) 



Photo by Helen Teague


Garrison, D. R. (2017). E-learning in the 21st century: A framework for research and practice. New York: Routledge.




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Planning for Teacher-Led Professional Development

Such collegial, collaborative learning on the Friday beforeThanksgiving ! Grateful for the educators in my planning session of
Thank you especially to the innovative program management of Jean Haverstick 
@Jean_Innovate and superb support from Angie I.‘s team‏.
Additional Posts referencing Participatory Spontaneity, click here


Important words to remember re: risk and failure

Getting ready to return to Region One ESC for the second collaborative presentation on planning for Teacher-led Professional Development and Participatory Spontaneity.

In considering the planning phase of my Teacher-led professional development series, this sign, snapped at a previous PD event, has important reminders:




2017 Global Education Conference

The 2017 Global Education Conference: https://www.smore.com/0h4rj-the-globaledcon-attendee-guide

Dates: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM – Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CST)

Organized by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon – The Global Education Conference Network/GlobalEd Events

Here is information on how to join in this exciting event! 

1) Go to this page to join the conference. You can see the schedule in your time zone:

2) This conference guide will provide all information you need for the conference.  Read it carefully and save it for future reference: https://www.smore.com/0h4rj-the-globaledcon-attendee-guide

3) Keynote speakers are listed here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2017keynotes

4) Consider joining the main community at http://globaleducationconference.com, and use the front page chat to ask questions.


My session, “Participatory Spontaneity: What Is It and How Can We Achieve It with Global Audiences Online?” – Helen Teague occurs Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00pm, United States Central Time (GMT – 6)


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 10

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism,” Robert Waldinger, Director on the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the world’s longest studies of adult life. “It’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship,” says Waldinger, “It’s the quality of your close relationships that matters.”


How does this insight from the longest studies of adult life impact your educational decisions?




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Thanksgiving Resources from PBS

From PBSTeacherLine: Understanding colonial society in the early 17th century, just in time for Thanksgiving!

This US history video from Crash Course describes the diverse patterns of colonization of Europeans in North America. The outcome of this colonization resulted in conflicts between colonizers and native people. Learn more about different factors that played into the development of two colliding cultures using this video, designed for students grades 9-12.

Explore the Collection from PBS TeacherLine at this link


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