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Disrupting Education: Cost or Quality?

In response to When Uber and Airbnb Meet the Real World. A friend got me thinking about how Uber and AirBnB insinuate themselves into an existing “meatspace” industry, only to undo worker protections and government regulations in that industry. This got me thinking about the ambiguity many

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Digital Native Students are More Consumers than Creators

#169267452 / gettyimages.com OK, friends– it’s time to get over it. You might call young people “digital native students” but there are severe limits to their ability to turn that geekdom into real learning. The persistent myth of modern digital native students connotes for many that

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Don’t Hate the LMS, It Can Help Keep Our Focus on Learning

I’ve been noticing an interesting thread in online conversations recently, with people I respect either bashing or defending the LMS. Audrey Watters’ Beyond the LMS seems to suggest they’re a sinister tool of imperial control, Jim Groom and Brian Lamb offer five arguments against the LMS, and

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Action-Oriented eLearning with the Humble WebQuest

One challenge about creating reusable eLearning content is that designers often fall back into the banking model of education, creating a passive and dependent learning experience for students. This often looks like packaged PowerPoints or blocks of text readings that students are expected to click through

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How Open Badges Can Promote Student Motivation

When we ask “why offer Mozilla Open Badges in education?”, the answer often comes back “to motivate students”. When we ask “how exactly does that work?” — well, uh, it seems people have differing ideas. I think that many people take it as an article of

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MakerSpaces in Education | Horizon Report 2014

One of the emerging trends from the 2014 NMC Horizon Report is the growing prevalence of MakerSpaces in education. MakerSpaces (also called HackerSpaces) are places where people gather to build projects, collaborate, and incubate ideas. The best way to think of them is like “Industrial Arts class”

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Managing Project-Based Learning in Trello: A Case Study

This is a reflection on the process for using Trello in Project-Based Learning that will hopefully help you decide if Trello is right for your projects. I have written before how much I like using Trello for personal task management and for organizing small work groups–