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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 […]

The Journey of a Family

I have known this family for years. They are dedicated and willing to go to great and heoric lengths to allow their son to progress and realize his potential. This heart-warming video captures his journey, that of his family and...

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 […]

Library Time – a song and video from my Library

The short version: My library wrote and recorded a song, and here’s the Youtube video for it! You can also: Download the song from iTunes Listen to the song on Soundcloud Visit the library’s website for more information  Longer version: Why did we do this? Earlier this year, my library remodeled the kids area of […]

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

Kristen Buras on the Troubling Charter Plans for Nashville Metro

from the Tennessean: The proposal to create an all-choice zone in East Nashville is concerning. For the past decade, I have studied New Orleans, the nation's first all-charter school district. The attempt to turn around neighborhood schools by closing them and opening charters caused greater harm than Hurricane Katrina. 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

Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching

Just gave a fun whirlwind instructional technology talk and I wanted to provide the slides and links below for the attendees (and anyone else who’s interested). Slides: Links: Tools for Point of Need and/or Mobile Instruction Library DIY ARIS QR Codes QR Codes Video Demo QR Code Generators Kaywa QR Stuff QR Code Readers Kaywa Quickmark...

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

Libraries Remember Robin Williams

Reading, MA Canton, MI Video piece featuring Robin Williams from Free for All Films He will be sorely missed.

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

Not Quite Elves at the North Pole

I could not help myself but remix when I saw the tweet by Tim Maughan (actually retweeted by @savasavasava) How the magic of Christmas is made – by bored teenagers in a dingy factory in Yiwu #ufd2014 http://t.co/jMB0PZq5iO — Tim Maughan...Show More Summary

Ritz's Attacker and the School Privatizers

by Doug Martin CECI front-woman Claire Fiddian-Green’s latest assault against Indiana supt. of public ed. Glenda Ritz was her response to the Associated Press recently concerning the “memo” CECI staff sent to Arne Duncan’s office. In...Show More Summary

The Tao of Posts

I’ve been having quite a few conversations around student portfolios eportfolios online representations of their learning over time. These conversations have mostly centered on using WordPress and, almost inevitably, the first instinct is to create a series of pages that are aligned to either courses or assignments. Those pages usually contain a number of different […]

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