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Adult Learners: Facilitating Social Learning Experiences

Aside: This blog entry started out as a blend of old and new ideas for facilitating online learning--building on an article I wrote in 2009, but has been fun to write as an exploration of neat tools (mostly, Google) that have emerged since then. Show More Summary

With great power comes great… opportunity

The oft-quoted line from the Spider-Man movie is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But maybe instead it should be, “With great power comes great opportunity.” Now that mobile computing devices connected to the Internet are becoming ubiquitous, we have unprecedented power at our educator fingertips. How many of us have stepped up to the [...]

#IAedchat LIVE

I had the privilege of being the guest for #IAedchat LIVE last night. Here is the video if you missed it. The conversation really gets started around 2:50. Happy viewing!

At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About Outsourcing

Lifetime residents of Maine tend to look askance at people who are “from away,” an epithet reserved for transplants, summer vacationers, and college students. Such people might mean well, the thinking goes, but ultimately they do not...Show More Summary

Sorry, Your Credit Card isn't Working

"I'm sorry, sir," said the Bill Miller's BBQ Restaurant window attendant. "Your card isn't working and there's an error that says you need to contact your bank." Since I had just checked my balance the night before, I knew that there wasn't anything wrong. Show More Summary

Loopy

Trying to make a YT video loop with iframe code: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y48hmNVvPis?loop=1&playlist=y48hmNVvPis&w=640&h=360] Get embed code from YT Add to URL for src= the parameters ?loop=1&playlist=y48hmNVvPis where the value for playlist= matches the part of the url after /embed/ (the YT Id for the video)

5 Tips for Managing Your #Email #principalpln @CurtRees @principalj @drspikecook

While waiting for a movie to start, I noticed an ongoing Twitter conversation--check out PrincipalPLN Blog-- that should intrigue any administrator: how to stay on top of your email, or how to achieve the mythical Inbox Zero. Watch/listen...Show More Summary

Technology grants for Iowa teachers

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is working with the CenturyLink Foundation to award technology grants to Iowa teachers. As we said on our web site, The goal of this grant program is to fund INNOVATIVE uses of digital learning tools by students and educators. Don’t just tell us you ‘need some iPads.’ Dream bigger than [...]

An alternative view: Changing Paradigms, by Crispin Weston

Crispin Weston, who describes himself as "a controversialist", suggests that our outlook is not progressive at all. We have a new school year, a new Secretary of State, and before too long, a new government. So this might be a good time to take stock of where we stand with education technology. The terminology we use has certainly changed. Show More Summary

Angles on Open

I spoke briefly, and almost certainly disjointedly, at the Open VA meeting yesterday. The focus of the panel was “open pedagogy/curriculum” and the whole day was focused on open education concepts. My topic was simply labeled MOOC. As the day progressed I tried to get a sense of the audience and figure out what would I […]

12 Tools for Productivity on Your #Chromebook and #iPad

Have you ever asked yourself, "Can I do that with this device?" It's a lot of fun. For example, the iPad has become a bit of a boring tool for me, not because it's hard to do things with it, but rather, because I feel like I've mapped out workflows for what I commonly do. Show More Summary

FacetWP – a semi-tutorial

I don’t usually usually pay for WordPress plugins but this is one I’ve come to like1 quite a bit. To start off, I have a historic interest in facet based searching. It is one of the main things that continues to appeal to me about Exhibit (one of the earlier javascript based tool libraries aimed […]

Audiovisual heritage: media archives and how best to use them, By Theo Kuechel

There are literally millions of free media resources for use in education. Theo Kuechel introduces some of them, with suggestions on how they might be used not only within the Computing curriculum but also more generally. I was delighted...Show More Summary

Driving Around Almost Four Corners

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog My return home Friday was a 10 day, 1500 mile loop originally planned to cross through all of the Four Corners States. Sorry Utah, I ended up cutting you out, but I still love your sandstone canyon lands. Show More Summary

Ames High band: Modeling innovation, risk-taking, and feedback

I’m pretty impressed with the Ames High School band directors. Not only are Chris Ewan and Andrew Buttermore facilitating a great band program musically (250+ students who give amazing performances), they also are modeling instructional innovation and risk-taking with technology. Show More Summary

Hello [The Wire] Baltimore

As usual in my house yesterday I had NPR Radio on in the background. The show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me had a segment with Baltimore filmmaker John Waters as guest. PETER SAGAL: In April 2011, we talked to a man who’s made some of ourShow More Summary

Bunk y Omar Conversan con Miradas

I happily resume my role in ds106 as an open participant. With the new season starting in September at UMW being based on The Wire, I finally have the right reason to watch the whole series again (one of only two I’ve ever watched start to end; not only am I a MOOC dropout, I bail on TV too). Show More Summary

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