Welcome to Steve's Ed.D. Experience.    Why pursue an Ed.D.?

Questions for the ongoing Interview with Dr. Fischler                            Fewer lectures in class

History of Distance Education    <<< potential thesis topic    The Digital Divide

Projects for teenagers    <<<<  let's find projects that students can relate to 

The links below go to various pieces of class work so you can experience a slice of what it was like to be an Ed.D. stude
nt in the 21st Century.

Faculty at Stanford University use videos

The Road to the Completed Thesis   (dragon naturally speaking speech to text)


(Most recent on top)
May 2012
Summer Conference

January 2012
EDD 7005 (Orellana)
EDD 8120  Topics in ITDE (Simonson)
Highlight:  Skype conversation with Dr. Ugur Demiray

Fall 2011
EDD 8008  Dr. Orellana
Highlight:  AECT conference in Jacksonville
Meeting Charles Reigeluth and the team of Systemic Change advocates

EDD 9100 Dr. Lacey

EDD 9100 S  Simulation  Dr. Coyle

Summer 2011
EDD 7007   Distance Learning, Summer 2011

Statistics with Dr. Dana Mills

January 2011
Methods of Inquiry (Dr. D. Mills)

August 2010
Reading:   Mind Set! by J. Naisbitt

When a classmate gives me some good information, this is where I put the links and info.

Use JING to snag parts of a screen

Hassles of Registration (and other nightmares for an ADHD grad student)



Steve McCrea is a content provider to EdutechFoundation.net.  He is the founder of BuildingInternationalBridges.org, a charity to promote wider use of social networks and computer-based discussions in classrooms.  He is a part-time instructor at a charter school and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.   Born in New York, he received his B.S. in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 1988. He received his master's degree in public administration with a specialty in environmental growth management. from Florida Atlantic University (1992) and compiled a consumer's guide to electric vehicles after working for six months at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.  He is currently pursuing a Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.  He is "alternatively certified" in Socials studies, math, ESOL and English (Language and Literature 6-12) and holds a temporary certificate for teaching math  English for Speakers of Other Languages in Florida.    He has worked at two charter schools, and has taught as a substitute teacher at 14 schools, including a charter school and two Montessori public schools (Virginia Shuman Young Elementary and Sunrise Middle in Fort Lauderdale).   He is currently splitting his time between a charter school and an alternative center (both high schools) and an ESOL academy.   His Youtube channel has several videos with over 200,000 hits (youtube.com/mistermath) and he maintains a portal that
links Youtube videos of 30 of the world's most effective ESOL instructors (FreeEnglishLessons.com).  His advocacy concentrates on expanding awareness of project-based learning, promoting especially the programs proposed by TheStudentIsTheClass.com and the methods of Dennis Littky (MetCenter.org in Providence, R.I.) and Dennis Yuzenas (
a middle school teacher  who maintains WhatDoYaKnow.com).  His videos highlighting visual and active teaching methods are available on Youtube.com/visualandactive and his article about "How to Use Facebook in the ESOL Classroom" appeared in a textbook.  He has published more than 20 articles on Scribd.com/theebookman (which garner over 1000 reads per month) and has made over 25 presentations of his seminars "That's Edu-tainment!" and "Reset the Mindset."  He is currently coordinating the translation of his book Guide On the Side (which prints pieces of his website www.GuideontheSide.com) into eight languages.   He wrote a curriculum for a project-based learning high school (QBESchool.com).   Eight people have taken his online workshop to become qualified as Visual and Active Teachers (VATT).

He recommends the following texts to his colleagues
Dr. Abraham S. Fischler's blog   TheStudentIstheClass.com  (be nice and visit his blog)

Howard Gitlow:  The Deming Guide to Quality and Competitive Position (and a website to interpret Deming:  BuildTheFuture.net)
Dan Pink:  Drive, Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind
Malcolm Gladwell:  Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers
Enrique Gonzalez:  The Nightingale Initiative with New Learning Institute (Los Angeles)
Howard Gardner:  Intelligence Reframed (pages 161-167 about Performances of Understanding)
Neil Postman:  Teaching as a Subversive Activity, Teaching as a Conserving Activity 
Dennis Littky:  The Big Picture:   Education is Everyone's Business
James E. Zull:  The Art of Changing the Brain:  enriching the practice of teaching by explooring the biology of learning
Daniel Amen's books about brain research
Naisbitt:  Mind Set!  (yes, it's required reading in the trends course -- and many of my teenage student find it intriguing)
Tony Wagner's  7 Global Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Accessing nad Alnalyzing information, Initiative and entrepreneuring, Adaptabilty and agility, Creativity and imagination and Critical Thinking)
Michael Gurian:  The Minds of Boys:  Saving our sons from falling behind in school and life.
Thomas Friedman:  The World is Flat, Version 3.0 (see pages 309-322).
Karen Armstrong:  A History of God (what does iqra mean?  Chapter 5 is very helpful in broadening the perspective of students, p. 132-169)
John Naisbitt:  Mind Set!  

Mario Llorente:   Dominos for Schools    Youtube.com/ABCDominos    ABCDominos.com  

Annotated summaries of these books are available at his website GuideOntheSide.com or by emailing Steve at EDDSteve@gmail.com

He advocates the use of Wimba, Elluminate and other online classrooms for Q and A sessions, not for lectures.   He hopes more teachers will put their powerpoints online for viewing before a Wimba Session, so that the online classroom sesion is interactive, not a lecture session.

I am an audio learner and I dislike typing.  I encourage you to call me +1 954 646 8246  or skype  SteveEnglishTeacher.

I dislike Blackboard and I can be reached more quickly by sending an email to SteveEnglishTeacher@gmail.com and a short message will appear on my mobile phone.   

My direct email is   sm724@nova.edu   and  EDDSteve@gmail.com   I look forward to sharing with you articles that I find interesting, and I hope you will do the same.  I like to know what my classmates are reading because it can help me in my reading (so we can send articles of interest to each other).

The future of presentations and "how to engage an audience"
"Dancing Words"
A method of training colleagues, employees and clients
I found some more videos with dancing words...

8 to be great

11 words for 2011    a fun way to introduce new vocabulary

alchemy of great work

Do more great work

tour of an office
interesting for listening practice for students of English, especially for someone with a speech difference

find our great work

Entrepreneurs can change the world
Distributed for Grasshopper
http://grasshoppergroup.com - Empowering entrepreneurs to succeed!
Join the entrepreneur movement. Stimulate the economy. Spread the word. Original music by Carly Comando. Written & Produced by Sonja Jacob. 
Rocky Boily recommended that I look at this video.  The dancing words are delightful.

Stanford University is leading the way with video in the classroom
Fewer lectures in classtime, class time is for interaction.
Faculty Collaborate to Improve Online Education   <<<  key words on youtube

Suggested NETIQUETTE for instructors and colleagues

  1. put lectures on youtube for easy downloading. Read from a script, if possible, so that the pauses are not too noticeable. Some people learn later or learn by reviewing, so let us download your lectures and listen to them in the car. Stripping out the audio track from a video presentation is made possible with free programs like zamzar.com.

  2. Encourage students to introduce each other by email. Or by making short youtube videos which can be easily replayed. Going around a wimba session with introductions requires instant listening and it's hard to catch everyone's information or understanding regional accents. It's also time consuming to have the microphone turned on and off.

  3. WIMBA and Elluminate are tools that provide interaction. Don't ask us to make presentations in WIMBA and Elluminate. Create Q and A in WIMBA and Elluminate. Let us text you with our questions. Ask students to arrive ready for discussions in WIMBA. If there are one-way dictations and presentations, put those on downloadable videos.

  4. Please assume that at least one person in the class does not have fabulously fast broadband available. Distance Education is possible using compression and zip and long downloads. Instant interaction is not possible if the students are in countries that restrict the use of SKYPE and other web-based real-time conversation. Make accommodations for students who are not blessed with broadband capacity. This includes people who use rented internet cafe space where downloads are slower than back in the USA.

What is an ONLINE session like?

Learn more about SIMULATIONS

Message to my students:
 I suggest that you watch my three videos at BIBPenpals on youtube so you can see the program that I'm suggesting to get U.S. teenagers to assist you.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BIBpenpals   ...  you can write to me with questions at TLASteve@gmail.com or find me on Facebook using that email address


I filed the following profile for my AECT membership file.   As long as I'm a working professional, I will be a member of AECT.  What a remarkable organization -- hats off to Phil Harris for his attention to a concerned member  (click her to see the story)

here's my proflie (as of April 2012)
I am an editor of a book of commentaries by Dr. Abraham S. Fischler, education pioneer and president emeritus of Nova University.  He started the Ed.D. distance ed program at Nova in 1970.  He has a book of commentaries and you can read a sample of these commentaries at his blog   abe.thestudentistheclass.com   Please write for a free copy of the posters that we have developed around some of Dr. Fischler's slogans  "The Student Is the Class" and "Time is a variable."     Yes, free downloads.   find them at www.GuideOnTheSide.com  or write to me TheEbookman@gmail.com

I'm developing a teacher training program with Cindy Burfield called "Transform your classroom" using the principles of Dr. Fischler's educational philosophy of The Student is the Class."  for more information and for a free course outline (and to share materials), please contact me.   Together we can reduce lecturing and promote fully guided instruction for novices, project-based learning for experts (using the terms in the Clark, Kirschner, Sweller 2012 paper) and effective learning without boring students.  I'm a fan of Eric Mazur's Peer instruction Network (Turn To your neighbor is an effective blog  http://blog.peerinstruction.net/) and the Katie Gimbar videos at the North Carolina "Flip your classroom" youtube channel.  

"Conversations with Enrique"
I respect the effective techniques of Enrique Gonzalez in Los Angeles (check out the Nightingale Initiative, a 23 MB download 
   exg0368@lausd.net is a worthwhile email address for your electronic directory 

I'm a fan of Eric Mazur's Peer instruction Network (Turn To your neighbor is an effective blog  http://blog.peerinstruction.net/) and the Katie Gimbar videos at the North Carolina "Flip your classroom" youtube channel.  

I respect the effective techniques of Enrique Gonzalez (check out the Nightingale Initiative, a 23 MB download) in Los Angeles  
See the website for New Learning Institute  http://newlearninginstitute.org/d3-lab-nightingale-middle-school
Enrique's email address:   exg0368@lausd.net is a worthwhile email address for your electronic directory -- why not visit his school the next time you are in LA?
www.Youtube.com/aiglon27 director Erik Friedl has four segments of his video about Enrique   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNW_XaC6DBY

...and why not visit www.bigpicture.org and metcenter.org (Dennis Littky's work)

Put Tom vander Ark's blog on your reading list 
 I went paperless and textbook free in 2007, my last year teaching face to face in Wake County, NC, and it was a pretty easy shift. I’m writing this article today as a message to teachers and school leaders across the country: Don’t wait until your district makes you go textbook free  by Mike Shumake

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Of course, look for SystemicChange.wordpress.com and participate in the K.Richter effort to video your response to "What is Systemic CHANGE?"

(end of profile posted on AECT.org)   

ASCD.org is another useful organization (publishers of The Big Picture:  Education is Everybody's Business by Dennis Littky (2004)), but for instructional technologists, AECT.org is the place to put available membership dollars first.   

Steve McCrea


+1 954 646 8246


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YOUTUBE channels

to encourage interaction by students with people in ohter countries

Facebook account

Websites that Steve set up for colleagues

Steve studies on benches (stealing wifi from Pink Palm on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach)   PHoto:  JKMcCrea.com

Websites that Steve set up for clients


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