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Digital Education “Interim” Edition Out Now!

I’ve just published an ‘interim’ edition of Digital Education, the free newsletter for people with a professional interest in educational ICT and Computing. Here’s what it contains: Survey Reviewers Computer projects book progress Where's...Show More Summary

Ideas for the computing curriculum: #3 Be self-referential

In this series I’m going to be making some suggestions, putting out some ideas. These are based on presentations I’ve given. I can think of how these ideas, or their implications, might be applied in the classroom. However, I think it...Show More Summary

Arcade-Style Games Engage Young Math Learners

Cheerful worksheets cover a range of skills and give constructive feedback.

K12: Let’s Celebrate Constitution Day

There are two activities for students to complete to show what they have learned about the Constitution.

We can do better than this

Some random technology-related incidents that I have seen and heard about during the first few weeks of school here in Iowa… 1. Big Brother Nothing says ‘students, get excited about our new 1:1 initiative!’ like frequent, numerous, vehement reminders from administrators during the rollout that WE ARE WATCHING YOU and that WE CAN SEE EVERYTHING [...]

Private Comments via XMLIMPORT

Making shareable (Sharing with a single person or specific group but not with the world.) comments on public writing is a fairly awkward spaaaaaace right now. There are things like AnnotateIt and Awesome Screenshot and the annotations in Diigo. So I’m looking around for other free options and brain storming odd ideas and not find […]

ISTE Follow-Up 22: Education policy / reform blogs (THE PUSH 2014)

If you were asked to nominate a very short list of education policy / reform blogs for educators to read / subscribe to, what would you share? Please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some excellent education reform and policy blogs that P-12 educators should be reading? Please contribute, see the [...]

New Online Services Aim to Democratize Admissions Counseling

Websites offering online college-admission counseling have proliferated in the past few years, with services whose prices range from free to thousands of dollars. This week saw the launch of two new options that claim to make low-cost...Show More Summary

The U.S. Constitution: Continuity and Change in Governing of the United States

Tomorrow is Constitution and Citizenship Day, when there is a federal observance of the adoption of the Constitution in 1787.

The MOOC Where Everybody Learned

Some MOOC skeptics believe that the only students fit to learn in massive open online courses are those who are already well educated. Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-preparedShow More Summary

What helps students get good jobs?

The latest results from Phi Delta Kappa’s annual poll… Check out standardized tests versus real-world projects in the image below.

The Education Technology Guru test

The term “guru” is bandied about all too often these days. But how apt is the term? I think for a person to be described as an education technology guru, the following criteria have to be satisfied. I’m basing these on my understanding of the role of a guru in traditional meditation practices. Show More Summary

Learn How to Play Recorder With Animated App

Well-designed lessons, fun animations teach kids to play the recorder

Latitude: The Art and Science of Fifteenth Century Navigation

Travel throughout the world, known and unknown, was made much easier and safer once the concept of latitude was understood.

Video Tutorial: Chromebook (Samsung Series 3) Training

Today's video offers a preview of what's covered in the Chromebook (Samsung Series 3) Training series.

Wondering about Wonder at UT Arlington

I will be first to say today’s invited talk at the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab was my own trip through the Time Tunnel, with the year 1989 dialed in. An archive of the talk is available — here are el slides A bit of a mashup of some...Show More Summary

Stump the Tech Director

The future is here now—check out these pictures of the future--but some times, it’s hard to move organizations along. And, some times, it’s not the organization that’s the obstacle but certain folks—like technology directors—who have...Show More Summary

When will we be ready?

We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or desk, as if to take a nap… we’ll call this [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

List of common misconceptions – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “There was no widespread outbreak of panic across the United States in response to Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Only a very small share of the radio audience was even listening to it, and isolated reports of scattered […]

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