The ETS Blog

We post on exciting developments in educational technology. Managed by the faculty Learning Technology Rover.

Educational Technology Support is piloting Mattermost within UBC's Faculty of Education.

Mattermost Chat Pilot – One Year Update!

March 16 — The Faculty of Education Mattermost Chat Pilot has reached the one year mark. Time for an update!

In Conversation with Kathryn Shoemaker: Illustration and Teaching for the Online World

In Conversation with Kathryn Shoemaker: Illustration and Teaching for the Online World

August 23 — In the online course LLED 446, Kathryn Shoemaker delivers her illustration teachings through the use of informative and instructional videos. After her second time on set, we spoke with Kathie to discuss the experience of developing and teaching with educational video content, suggestions for instructors creating video for their own curriculum, and the possibilities that educational video could hold for the future.

Simulating Visual Impairments in 360 Degrees

Simulating Visual Impairments in 360 Degrees

August 9 — ETS supported and collaborated with Dr. Elizabeth Jordan in the introduction of educational virtual reality in her classroom. This introduction aimed to recreate visual differences, allow Teacher Candidates to experience the unique challenges that students with visual impairments may face in their future classrooms, and have them consider how they can accommodate these challenges better through their own virtual-reality-enhanced understanding.

Ideas for a Flipped Classroom Model

Ideas for a Flipped Classroom Model

In recent years the flipped classroom has been gaining traction in educational communities all over the world. So what is all the hype about flipped classroom model and what can teachers do with it?

Makerspaces Redesign Everything from Technology to Our Own Classrooms

Makerspaces Redesign Everything from Technology to Our Own Classrooms

Makerspaces are rethinking how we explore everything from arts and crafts, to computer technology, to the average classroom, library or workspace. What can these inventive spaces do for education, and how easy is it really for us to get making?

Faculty-wide Project Brings Secondary Teacher Education Program to Refugees in Dadaab

Faculty-wide Project Brings Secondary Teacher Education Program to Refugees in Dadaab

In the past few years, hundreds of thousands of refugees have been displaced around the globe, with the Syrian refugee crisis providing the most recent example. As people leave their homes and migrate to a different country, most face an array of ongoing hardships and challenges in accessing basic services, including education. With other responsibilities […]

Slack: a new tool for education?

Slack: a new tool for education?

March 16 — Slack is an online communication platform and team collaboration app, which transforms email into a group activity, giving users the opportunity to create topic-specific channels where discussions can take openly within teams.

Emoji Pedagogy – Engaging Digital Learners with Emojis

Emoji Pedagogy – Engaging Digital Learners with Emojis

November 23 — “If my students are interested in emoji, I’ll teach emoji. It’s a new visual language imbued with so much meaning, but it also can be a tool for abstraction”

Teaching with Minecraft: Interview with MET graduate and teacher Dominic Maggiolo

Teaching with Minecraft: Interview with MET graduate and teacher Dominic Maggiolo

October 30 — “Play is ubiquitous. Play is how we learn. In kindergarten, teachers encourage the use of play to build meaningful bonds, not only with their classmates, but also, to help shape their minds.”

iPad Apps for Students with autism: Hype or Helpful Technology?

iPad Apps for Students with autism: Hype or Helpful Technology?

October 19 — In recent years, there has been a marked boom in the number of iPad apps designed to support students with autism, with the mission of developing their learning and communication skills. Some of the tech companies responsible for this rise claim that their apps are based on extensive research and educational strategies proven to work with children with autism, on a delivery platform that suits their interests.