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[25 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 2,152 views]
iPad Mini + Education: It’s the…Wait, who cares???

So now that the iPad mini has officially been announced, all the pundits who were busy scrambling to predict that that iPad mini might be the answer to education’s prayers, are now scrambling to predict that yes, of course it will change the face of education as we know it. I know, I know, it’s Apple so we HAVE to get excited about it, and it may very well end up being an incredibly useful product. But that isn’t really the point.
The point is, it’s yet another tool we …

[12 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,820 views]
Is the Flipped Classroom Moving Us Backwards?

There is a lot of excitement over the concept of the flipped classroom, and rightly so. I remember sitting through many math lectures in high school that seemed to make sense, until I went home to try to do the homework. The next day our teacher would essentially re-teach the material, and then go through the confusing examples with us in class.
It could be great, if all kids follow through each night with homework, but lower achieving students are more likely not to, and that will further drive the two …

[15 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 1,849 views]
Is there a place for Social Media in K-12?

Social media seems to hold great potential for learners to collaborate and communicate. But it also makes a lot of people nervous about it being such a public platform. Is it appropriate for kids to be using social media? Is it appropriate for it to be used in schools? Is it appropriate for teachers to communicate with students outside of school, using social media?

[9 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 1,858 views]
This Date In History: April 9, 2012

Here’s what happened on today’s date in history:

[13 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 2,081 views]
Meet TED-Ed, The newest member of the TED family

Yesterday TED, an organization dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading, announced the launch of a new Youtube channel focused on providing educators with a platform to create high quality, professional animations on almost any topic. TED has a fabulous track record of creating inspiring educational videos. Now they’re reaching out to educators everywhere and offering to help anyone with something to say to create an inspiring video. Videos will be hosted on Youtube’s education channel, hopefully making it easier for teachers to access content behind school filters and firewalls and without …

[13 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,731 views]

In yesterday’s post, Wired.com revealed “The Damning Backstory Behind ‘Homeless Hotspots’ at SXSW“. People are understandably outraged at the idea that homeless people might be taken advantage of, however I’m not sure I feel that way about this particular situation. Are we becoming oversensitive? Is this really any different from an MBA with 15 years experience waiting tables because he’s been unemployed, or a teenager with a paper route because he’s not qualified to do anything else but still wants to earn money? Are we upset about the program itself, …