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Brian Belland
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Brian Belland commented on Mary Henton's blog post Problem Based Learning Meets Needs?
"As far as pushback from parents goes, I think having a principal who is committed to PBL helps a lot. Involving parents in the unit can help too. For example, students need to pursue learning issues, and to do so one of their options is to ask an…"
Jul 8, 2009
Brian Belland commented on Mary Henton's blog post Problem Based Learning Meets Needs?
"I'm the writer of the article and would be happy to answer any questions that you all have about it. On an interesting note, this summer I am teaching a learning theories class as part of a master's program in instructional technology for…"
Jul 8, 2009
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Jul 8, 2009

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Which best describes your position?
College Faculty
What discipline(s) do you teach?
I teach at Utah State University, located in the Wasatch mountains of northern Utah about a thirty minute drive from Idaho and a 45 minute drive from Wyoming. The classes I teach are:
Instructional Technology for elementary teachers
Learning theories (for an online master's program for inservice teachers)
Foundations of instructional technology and learning sciences (for a master's program for students who want to work in higher ed, business, or military)

My main research interests revolve around how technology can facilitate PBL in the middle school and university contexts.

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At 1:09pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Brian - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff! Any ideas on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Kim
At 12:39pm on July 9, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Brian
Welcome to MSP2. I am glad you joined in.
So, you mentioned in your post that you are teaching an Instructional Technology masters class on pbl. Where are you teaching? Do you teach anything else?
You might want to introduce yourself here and join groups. Its a great way to find more people with similar interests. Its a great way to find information and share your own experiences and expertise too.
I just completed my masters in Educational Technology, so I look forward to seeing more of your posts.
At 10:59am on July 9, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Brian - So glad you joined the MSP2 network. We're just getting started building what we called it in the grant proposal - virtual professional learning community - so any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated!

We've got lots of resources for middle school math and science teachers - look at the left side of the Main page - Science and Math Online Publications, Diigo lists, and three project blogs - Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards, Polar Research, and Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science.

I see that you are already participating in a conversation - fabulous responses. You indicate College Faculty in your profile - do you teach preservice teachers? I'll be teaching the science methods class for preservice teachers this fall and haven't done it in quite a while - I need all the help I can get. I started the Teacher Education group and if you would be so inclined it would be great if you could join us.

Since I don't know your exact background - we have another project that might be worthwhile for you to check out - Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears - Integrating Literacy and Science for K-5 Teachers. Truth be told - lots of middle school teachers use the resource too!

Welcome – Kim
At 11:21am on July 8, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, Brian! We're so glad you've joined MSP2. Thank you, too, for weighing on and being available to talk about your article on Problem-Based Learning.

By the way, there is a Teacher Education Group here on MSP2 that you might be interested in joining. Would love to hear about the learning theories class you are teaching.



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