The ETS Blog

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

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.

IBBY Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa Exhibit

IBBY Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa Exhibit

October 16 — From October 1 to 23, the IBBY Silent Books Exhibit is on display at the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The exhibit features wordless pictures books from around the world, offering a bridge of books from Lampedusa to the world and back! Dr. Kathryn Shoemaker will be hosting series of workshops with students from the Faculty of Education, showing them how the visually engaging wordless books can be used to incite the imagination of ESL and Immigrant populations of all ages.

Hybrid Pedagogy: Using Twitter as a Teaching Mechanism

Hybrid Pedagogy: Using Twitter as a Teaching Mechanism

October 5 — Is the Twittersphere finding its way into contemporary classrooms? Learn more about the course designed to help instructors apply Twitter in blended learning environments!

Winter 2015 Cohort

CTLT course Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment Makes a Dashing Return

September 28 — Learn more about flexible teaching this September with the returning installment of Teaching in a Blended Environment, offered by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology!