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Double Stuffed Oreos & the Role of Digital Media in Classrooms

I’ve been creating Video Story Problems for several years now….more than half a decade! The fervor behind the movement to make math more accessible via video has died down, or maybe I’m just not paying as close attention to Dan Meyer’s work as I once was (nope, I just checked, Dan is as amazing as […]

Many More Webs Bite The Dust

Three years after publishing the first version of Another Web Bites The Dust (35 corpses), it was time to update, and add 24 more dead web sites to the video. This one is made possible by many entities that clearly do not value the web as a piece of culture, like Storify Livefyre Adobe for […]

Code as Poetry, Time as a Variable – Options in the Ether

Backstory Driving into work I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing Nikki Giovani a poet from Virginia Tech. In high school I was one of those people who really suffered reading the The Red Wheelbarrow and other non-rhyming poems. Show More Summary

Exploring Windows To Go @SPYRUS_inc (Review Part 1)

Will Spyrus Windows To Go live drive work on a Lenovo W540 Thinkpad? Need to carry your Windows 10 computer in your pocket, but don't really want to lug around a laptop? One alternative to carrying around a laptop (e.g. Surfacebook) or tablet (e.g. Show More Summary

Video Story Problem – Hours & Hours of Snowblowing!

It’s 2018, there’s a ridiculous amount of snow swirling around the United States, and I haven’t blogged in a couple of months….that must mean it’s time for a video story problem! I’ve complained about snow in previous video story problems, but for this one it wasn’t so much complaining as it was…..oh hell, it was […]

That Time I Did an OER Non-Disposable / Renewable Assignment

A true story. A NASA scientist who has a long career in using satellite imagery to study earth landforms is hired to teach a Structural Geology course at a university near where he works, Goddard Space Flight Center. He is currently participating in the authoring/editing of a new textbook on Geomorphology. He creates an assignment […]

Bring Out Your Dead Webs: 2018 Version of Another Web Bites The Dust

Like a fragile flower, continually littered by link rot, the web is not helped at all when outfits like Storify just rip their content out of the web’s fabric. Three years ago, for no real reason beyond the imagination in my head, I published a video featuring 35 web site skeletons dancing to the beat […]

Storify Bites the Dust. If You Have WordPress, You Don’t Need Another Third Party Clown Service

How many more times do people have to get stiffed by a free web service that just bites the dust and leaves you bubkas? A monster post, some ranting on companies like Storify who offer free services that leverage our effort to get worth enough to get sold – when they do they just yank […]

AL DíA: YouTube Channels for Elem Math Students

My mom, a veteran math teacher, always said that learning the vocabulary was key to success in math class. If you agree with her perspective (and I wouldn't dream of disagreeing), you may want to check out these videos, especially Flocabulary. Show More Summary

On Transformations

My last night in Melbourne was partly spent on the dramatic 37th floor view of the city from the KPMG building, this being a special evening to honor the International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowship Awards Ceremony. I should add that this is their 27th year of awarding this fellowships, and still, few colleagues I met […]

AL DíA: Classroom Tech Use

Even though students may find technology helpful, faculty avoid taking advantage of it...and, faculty have trouble believing their students. When are we going to get past the idea that learners are disempowered children who must wait...Show More Summary

Your Licenses? Frankly My Dear…

I may be entering my curmudgeon era. On recent conversations with ed-tech friends, one in person, one by email, I recognize there are many things in our field that are likely very important, that, frankly I don’t give a damn about. These are things important to others that I find myself totally uninterested in: Virtual […]

Ten Years Between Blog Posts?

Sorry I have not blogged for a decade… Sigh, such excuses. I set up in 2007 for a speaking/presenting tour of Australia I did in October 2007– well it was every capital city in two weeks, a bit mad cap. But I did manage 75 posts starting back with planning in February. So it’s […]

WordPress Plugin Health Dashboard (Early POC)

In trying to get a better handle on how we’re going to manage our plugins in the future, I found the API for the plugins data. Not like they were hiding it but I’d not seen it before.Consider me Columbus– absent the genocide, slavery, and other terrible things. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-09-10

I Can’t Get Google – YouTube think about this sometime you assume people have some shared understanding of the Internet Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript? The worst part about pushing the “know everything” mentality is that we end up creating an industry full of professionals suffering from burnout and mental illness. Show More Summary

Relieving Gravity Forms Field Fatigue

Have you filled out a lifetime of forms? Surely there are some things we can do to reduce Repetitive Form Entry Fatigue (no I will won’t call you Shirley). While I have it used it super extensively, one of my favorite WordPress plugins Worth Paying for is Gravity Forms. Beyond all the features in packs […]

Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

One of the last of the Bloghicans hit his 3003 blog mark today. While out walking today, as it often does, that was swirling around in my head when I also, for some reason, cross associated with Pete Seeger (don’t ask for logic). But I heard an ed-tech cover song fermenting, and when that happens, […]

SPLOT MAX: The Road Warrior

This post has been rattling around in the only place I keep drafts– my brain. And I am pretty sure I will have spent more time photoshopping the movie poster below than writing something that makes sense. Jim Groom has been an international Road Warrior himself and I was excited to see he was not […]

Creating Curiosities in Mathematics

Something that’s always fascinated me about Dan Meyer’s approach to creating curious mathematical learners is the carefully scaffolded approach he puts into his “any questions” activities. There’s no strict formal guidelines for adhering...Show More Summary

You Gotta Sing Your Own Version “Taking Care of Archives”

Cue up the BTO opening power chords… You see a broken icon hole in a post five years old What were you thinking using Flash? There was no HTML5 and Adobe seemed alive, Now that video’s as good as trash. And that link to what you read is now just a 404 dead. Keeping the […]

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