Benjamin L. Stewart

Benjamin L. Stewart holds a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction: technology from Grand Canyon University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. He is a full-time EFL teacher educator/researcher at the University of Aguascalientes with an interest in researching personal learning networks and language teaching and learning.

How To Choose The Best Education Technology For Your School

Inspired by a recent #edchat poll for possible discussion topics: if the choice were yours, would you rather your school adopt 1:1 laptops, bring-your-own devices (BYOD), or a little-to-no approach to educational technology? A minimalist approach to technology (MAT) Perhaps those a bit more savvy when it comes to educational technology (ET) might find it strange to still hear the argument that bringing devices into schools does little to advance student learning. Forget the ubiquity of current t...

Should Teachers Share Online?

As an educator, what does it mean to share? We tell our children at home to do it. We tell our kids at school to do it. We’d even be hard pressed to find an educator who didn’t outright argue against the notion of sharing. So why then are there still educators who choose to work in isolation (i.e., choose to not share)? Perhaps educators are intimidated by the use of technology? How can any of us find the time to keep up with technology in order to increase our willingness to share? As soon as I...

Microblog exchange: A philosophical analysis

On October 28, I posted the following to Google+ , which was a direct quote originating from Harrison 's post, An ELT publisher's survival plan . The following thread resulted... Stevenson : Benjamin, could you please not assume that ALL Google+ folks know what your acronyms mean? Like ELT? Education Light Tech? You make me have to Google it, when that's really not my job at this point reading your posts for the first time. Thanks.? Benjamin: Sharon, I assume that people who follow me already kn...

L1 interference...how do you handle it?

In Spanish, the days of the week are not capitalized, and articles are placed before the noun: El lunes, los viernes, los martes, etc. But when translating this to English, we use different parts of speech that are not articles (i.e., determiners). For instance, instead of saying I go to school the monday , we use the preposition on and capitalize the days of the week, like Monday : I go to school on Monday . Instead of saying All the fridays I get paid , we again use the preposition on and capi...

How are you using Canvas?

Tomorrow, I'll be discussing Canvas (Instructure.com) . In August of this year, I began using Canvas as my learning management system. I've tried Moodle, wikis, and even spending money on my own website, but my free teacher's account in Canvas is really getting the job done. And no, I do not work for Canvas, simply endorsing them. I appreciate the ease of getting content populated into each of my classes, and I particularly like the options students have in interacting with content. This is what...
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