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K-12 Online Conference 2015

Get ready for the 2015 K12 Online Conference: The best FREE video-based professional development you'll never have to pay for! All sessions are asynchronous so you can watch at your leisure.Our 2015 keynote speakers include Don Wettrick @DonWettrick, Alan Levine@cogdog, Stephanie Chang @MakerEdOrg, Scott McLeod @mcleod, andKaren Bosch @karlyb. Show More Summary

Facebook Comments for Research

This is a post about (at least temporary) failure. I should be able to do all this via the Facebook API/SDK but I’m doing something wrong. While I’m learning a decent amount in the land of programming, fundamentally I still suck. With that cathartic self-flagellation out of the way... I’m working with […]

The College Question, Again

Oliver Lee, in a post about walking away from his tenure track professorship at Pitt: Once upon a time, in a postwar America starved for middle managers who could file TPS reports, relying on the BA as an assurance of quality, proof of the ability to follow orders and complete tasks, made perfect sense. Show More Summary

You’re Not That Important

“I am the number one determinate for student success” @PrincipalKafele is on fire @cedarhillisd w/the keynote address — orlando riddick (@opriddick1) July 30, 2015 I don’t know the full context of this statement so this isn’t a personal attack in any way but rather a concern about an attitude that reveals 2 huge issues […]

When all students bring home is a piece of paper

Matt Caduff said (about a summer maker camp): When all I bring home is a piece of paper and I picked B instead of C, I don’t have a lot to talk about with my parents and because I picked C and the answer was B I don’t want to talk about it... [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Report: Florida man high on flakka has sex with tree and calls himself Thor | Miami Herald Miami Herald “The officer used a Taser, but Crowder, who pulled the electric probes from his body, then punched the officer and tried to stab the cop with his badge, according to the report. “ tags: florida weekly… Read More

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

Christine Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education, said: There’s a difference between educational technology – a single video, a single interactive, a single app – and learning science, in which we’re investing in the small pieces of data that show us where a child is at in their learning trajectory, feeding them content in a way [...]

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

A few folks know that I was one of the three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. It was an interesting process (e.g., just two 30-minute interviews is apparently all that it takes) but I did feel that I was able to present my best self. I discussed how [...]

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