For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.
Bryan Polivka is an eLearning executive with deep experience in product development and digital product strategy--that is, learning products delivered digitally, globally, and personally.
Creative, energetic, and organized are three adjectives that best describe my teaching method. As a teacher, it is my goal to reach all of my students by engaging them in as many different learning experiences as possible. My current online teaching position has given me the skills necessary to fully implement 21st century technology in my classroom. I utilize blogs, wikis, social media, Twitter and other web 2.0 applications on a daily basis. I have taught a variety of English classes throughout my teaching career including: 7th grade reading, high school reading, 9th grade literature, 10th grade literature, American literature, world literature, advanced world literature, publications, speech, composition and research, and college composition. I also have had the opportunity to author curriculum for several successful online classes including: Native American Literature, English 12, and Media & Society. Teaching and creating such a large variety of classes has given me a very extensive knowledge base and has taught me to be extremely open-minded and flexible when working with students at different levels. My passion lies in instructional design & technology. I love analyzing, developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating new curriculum. I am fully trained in using a variety of learning management systems including: Moodle, Blackboard, and eclassroom. I have created and taught successful classes from the ground up. Specialties Online course design, Moodle, Blackboard, Google Apps for educators, web 2.0 tools, technology in education, online collaboration, 21st century technology, online teaching, instructional design.
Educators often ask students to think of what they are passionate about. The idea behind this is that if a young learners can discover their true interests they may be able to better define their life goals and begin down a path that will leave them happy and fulfilled. As I progressed through my 11th year of teaching, I applied for a new job and was asked to think what I was passionate about. The firs and most obvious thing that came to mind; family. I kept thinking over a few weeks by looking at the things I really enjoy and patterns in my career. What I discovered is that I am passionate about challenges. Challenges keep me focused. They give me something to work on and think about when the monotony of the day-to-day life seems to slow me down. For me, challenges can appear in many forms. They can be physical challenges, educational challenges, or career challenges. But for me, they can all be molded into the same basic pattern. 1. They need to seem large. I once heard a graduation address where the speaker said "If someone tells you that the challenge you set for yourself is too big, you know you're on the right track." 2. They must require planning and preparation. The planning and the preparation are what makes the challenge fulfilling. 3. Failure must be an option. If not, then the challenge is not big enough. Let's be clear here. You have to assume you will meet your challenge, but if everybody can do it, it's not a challenge. Here's the cool thing...once you meet one challenge, another bunch of them open up. And the process starts all over.
Hello, I am working as tech Geek for many schools, providing technology in schools, under the SchoolA2Z SAAS based parent, teacher, school and student mobile app. Opinion is to make schools hi-tech and smart with advance technology.
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Hello all who happen to stumble or are pushed onto this page. I am a sec 1 and 2 teacher near Montreal working with some pretty amazing individuals. We are always creating new ways of learning and inventing awesome challenges for our English classes. From writing original songs to performing videopoetry, building a massive blog presence, to writing true childhood memories and performing them onstage there is truly never a dull moment.