Radio EPLT – Episode 9 – Pets! Pets! Pets!

Radio EPLT Episode 9 is now live!

In this episode, we have a good overview of some of the benefits and precautions about having classroom pets. The right pet can add just the right touch to a classroom, and we’ll show you how.

In addition to that, we interview Jeff Miller, who has been instrumental in maintaining the quality of many courses in the MET program. We talk mainly about two of the courses, ETEC 510 (Design of Technology-Supported Learning Environments) and ETEC 540 (Text Technologies: The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing). We talk about what each course entails, how they work, and the incorporation of social media not just in these two courses, but many other MET courses as well.

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

More details, including the link to the episode itself and the times for each segment, after the jump.

Radio EPLT – Episode 9 (60:45)

Just play it in the handy web player below.


1) Intro

2) Interview – Jeff Miller (04:05)

3) Pets in the Classroom (37:40)

Kids4Research – Caring for Classroom Pets

Kinderart – Pets in the Classroom

University of Saskatchewan – The Care of Live Animals in the Classroom

Pets in the – Classroom Pet Grant

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association – Considerations as Teacher and “Owner” of Classroom Pets

Why have a pet in the classroom?

The Pet Foster Network

US National Educational Association – Adopting Classroom Pets

Enjoy & Embrace Learning – Pets in the Classroom Grant

4) What’s Happening in EPLT? (57:40)

EDAL – M.Ed in Educational Administration & Leadership (Boundary Bay)

Master of Educational Technology

Application deadline for September 2011 intake is May 15

EPLT Summer Institutes

Our theme and bumper music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Time Warp sound effect courtesy of James Duckett and The Free Sound Project

Next episode is Friday, April 22

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