Thursday, January 25, 2007

What Works, 1/25/07

27 minutes of writing

I worked on What Works making final editorial changes before sending it off to the co-authors. I'm at a point when I've made all the changes I am able to make without their assistance. I've asked for their immediate attention.

Per their feedback, I should still be required to complete two tasks: 1.) add in the screen shots (though they'll probably do this), and 2.) re-work the bullet point section in "Online Courses and Universal Design for Learning." I'm not sure how they'll recommend we address the reviewers comments in this section.

I received information about the social studies methods text and would really like to participate. Short manuscripts are due by March 1st. Though this sounds manageable, I want to finish SS and Tech and prepare presentation proposals for NCSS and CUFA (both before March 1). Also, I need to begin research in my methods class so I'll have findings at NECC in June.

I'm feeling extremely overwhelmed. Teaching is extremely time consuming - and grading has barely begun. I'm working so many hours that I'm not able to do my best work now.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What Works, 1/23/07

21 minutes of writing

I had a few minutes before attending the Blues Schoolhouse so pulled out the reviewers edits from "What Works" and worked on editing the electronic manuscript per their instructions. The changes I made today were simply copy editing and formatting (of the table).

Lynne commented on some of the questions I sent to the co-authors last week. I need to review her comments in light of the edits I made and then call Jonathon to see whether he, Mark, and Mary are planning to comment on my questions. I hope to make that call tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'd like to work on this paper again - I really want to finish it so I can focus solely on the SS and Tech paper.

Monday, January 22, 2007

SS and Tech, 1/22/07

30 minutes of writing

I continued work on the social studies and technology paper beginning with the section on Moersch's framework. I had difficulty with writing this section because it seemed very repetitive. To deal with this issue, I chose to present the material in bullet and prose format instead of straight prose. I like the examples I used, but am concerned about the quality of the writing (surely it needs editing) and the accuracy of my understanding of Moersch's framework.

I would like to ask Neal Strudler to review this section to ensure I am properly capturing Moersch's concepts.