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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Great start to our Spring Digital Reading Course from PBS TeacherLine

We’ve had a great orientation to our Spring Digital Reading Course from PBS TeacherLine. It’s been great to virtually meet each of you! I have enjoyed getting to know you in our Introduction Forums. We are all connecting and learning, each from a different U.S. state at times that are most convenient for us.

Today begins our first week! I so appreciate the emphasis this week on the Joyful aspect of Reading. Please check your email or the course Emails Forum for my Week 1 Tips Email.

I am taking the idea of Joyful reading to heart and this Friday, I am scheduling a “Read Only” morning. I plan to turn off all technology and read! (Good thing I’m on Spring Break or it would be curtains at the university!)

Reading is one of the joys of life


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PBS Course Announcement: Week 1 Ending

An Announcement for PBS Learners in my course:
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RDLA400 Welcome Video and Course Calendar

Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital Age




Peer Review Implementation

Thoughts on Peer Review for my PBS Learners (and you too!)

As you proceed to Peer Review each other’s work, consider using the P*M*I strategy from Edward deBono:

P=Pluses (something you find that is a “Plus”)

M=Minuses (errors)

I= Interesting (something you find that is interesting)


For generations, the academic community has relied on peer review as a way of enhancing the knowledge base and encouraging serious scholarship. Peer review can offer many of the same benefit to students… [and] computers [can] mediate the interaction among peers. Gehringer (2000)

  • Peer Review reflects constructive guidance at its collaborative best.
  • As an application to the classroom, Peer Review helps students and the teacher.
  • Anonymous Peer Review provides a framework for students to learn balanced reasoning at a time when modern discourse often descends into shouting and insults
  • Anonymous Peer Review teaches students how to offer points of help, practice proofreading, and strengthen other communication skills.
  • Peer Review introduces and encourages diversity of opinion
  • Peer Review models the importance of checking work before it is turned in. When the audience is the teacher alone, sadly, many students are apathetic. But when the audience is the students’ fellow classmates, an extra attention to detail emerges.
  • Peer Review offers students a practical application in this real-world review.

I adapted the P*M*I schema to reflect new acronyms. The adapted acronym is a new thinking schema called P*N*I and you can use this schema in your reviews:

      P=Pluses (something you find that is a “Plus”)

      N=Needs A Look (something you find that “Needs Another Look” for possible

      I= Interesting (something you find that is interesting)

Here is a sample Peer Review

Dear ________
Your commitment to this project and for special needs students really shines in this project. Pluses: 1.) You’re very thorough and thoughtful in your project and I did not see any typos or grammar errors. 2.) You’ve worked to make your project inclusive for all students. 3.) You did a great job of integrating technology such as Promethean Boards, e-books, Audiobooks, etc.  4.)  Your project is positive and empowers students!
Needs Another Look: 1.) One of the ways to make your project stronger would be to check your APA citations with the guidelines on the Purdue website. 2.) Please check your Title Page to conform to APA guidelines
Interesting Points: 1.) It is interesting that you intend to build Learning Centers. 2.) Do you have budget money for hardware like earbuds, earphones, players? Are there state or county resources that may be utilized to help with this?
This concludes my review… thank you! 


Peer Review provides a fair perspective approach for students and a review committee for the teacher who often has, to butcher Robert Frost, “miles to grade before she sleeps.”

See what you can do to implement Peer Reviews in your classes!
Dr. Teague*  





Previous Teague post: From this blog post: http://4oops.edublogs.org/2009/07/06/peer-review/

If you would like more information on methods for Student Use, please refer to this link:

For forms to use with students, see this link: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/peerreview/forms.html and http://www.scribd.com/doc/2205303/English-122-paper-one-peer-review

Quote Source: Gehringer, E.F., 2000. Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Peer

* (title updated 4-2017)


The Learning Potential of e-Books Lotta Larson

The Learning Potential of e-Books Lotta Larson

The Learning Potential of e-Books Lotta Larson


PBS Course: Our Course Calendar

PBS TeacherLine Course: Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Our Course Calendar

Week 1: July 13 – 19
Week 2: July 20 – 26
Week 3: July 27 – August 2
Week 4: August 3 – August 9
Week 5: August 10 – August 16
Week 6: August 17 – August 23


Primary Resources Matter

A Concluding Post for my PBS TeacherLine Online Course “Teaching With Primary Sources from the Library of Congress”:

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without experience. Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.

Resources matter. How we reflect on them matters too. Sometimes our students get caught up in their impression of what is said and who is saying it. They mix their opinion of the source with source definition. But students of Historiography tell us this does not change the efficacy of the resource itself.

Bateson photoFor example, there has been a renewed interest here in Ireland on the events of the 1916 Easter Rising, also referred to as the Rising. Researchers are returning to primary sources such as journals, diaries, death records, and cemetery listings to discover that many more people died than previously thought in the uprising for Irish Independence from Britain. One historian, Ray Bateson continues to search for a comprehensive listing of the previously unrecognized heroes of the Rising (see photo below). Although records of the Irish Easter Rising are scant in the United States’ Library of Congress, it is significant to note that the importance of Primary Resources is part of global endeavors. 

Perhaps the best benefit of online courses is the time given (even encouraged) for reflection and consideration. How many times have I sat in a face-to-face classroom listening to the discussion and then as soon as I get to my car an idea screams to be included, but class is already over. Is that just my singular experience?

In Week 3, we will look at whether resources have to be codified only as Primary and Secondary. Wonderful insights and information this week! Looking forward to continuing on to Week 3!!!



The Library of Congress has more than one location

filmjpegDid you know that the Library of Congress has more than one location?

There is a second location for the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Virginia. It houses the Packard Campus for media conservation – http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/

A childhood friend of mine is one of the archivists and he is involved in preserving silent films. Did you know that a majority of all of the silent film script writers and directors were women? There is additional information at this film describing the films and work of the National Film Registry:
Here is the link to a trailer for the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea2tcWC2k0c

Here is a link to the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVF4BKISrI8

Well worth your time to view and learn about the great work of film preservation.


PBS Course Emails Archived on the Tech Treks Blog

This term, I’ll archive course emails here for easier retrieval. Great when you are away from email but need to remember an important course component. Feel free to comment here with questions.

Our Course: INST342.34 – Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Course Calendar:

Orientation: July 7 – July 9

Week 1: July 9 – July 15

Week 2: July 16 – July 22

Week 3: July 23 – July 29

Week 4: July 30 – August 5

Week 5: August 6 – August 12

Week 6: August 13- August 19


Important Links:
PBS Teacherline: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/

Library of Congress Exhibitions

Main Library of Congress website

Assignment Checklist



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