Reveal.js Presentations

HTML5 Presentations from Markdown to Reveal.js

  This video shows you how you can quickly convert a Markdown formatted presentation outline into an HTML5 presentation using Reveal.js. I think this method is a great way to familiarize yourself with web technologies while producing attractive and powerful presentations that work great on desktop and mobile devices. You can learn how to write Markdown […]


Letter to a New Teacher Blogger: Getting Started with Your New Blog

A longtime friend, colleague, and collaborator of mine who works in new teacher education is starting a blog, and asked me for some help on getting started. Here’s my email response… Hi Friend, There’s some degree of “stage fright” that comes with blogging, so I’ve had to tell myself a few things to make it […]


Teachers: Use ChromeCast for Wireless Presentations on Desktop and Mobile

As a teacher and frequent presenter, I always carry a MacBook Pro DVI to VGA adapter in my bag so I can connect to any overhead projector or flat screen wherever I’m speaking. This approach works well, but has several downsides that the amazing $35 Google ChromeCast can improve upon: I can’t easily switch between […]


Setting the Record Straight on Automated Essay Scoring

I was recently quoted in Devon Haynie’s U.S. News and World Report article on the topic of Automated Essay Scoring, and when I saw the finished article I realized that there’s more to say. Ms. Haynie’s article was intended to briefly introduce students to the concept of AES, not to be a comprehensive statement on […]


Big Data Requires Big Compassion

A friend reminded me of the site Spurious Correlations, which shows absurd “relationships” between data that couldn’t possibly be related– though it’s fun to think that it is. Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool correlates with Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in To me this illuminates an interesting byproduct of the […]

Life in Harmony with Learning

Professional Development Needs to Be Part of Life

One of the most frustrating things about Professional Development (for both teachers and trainers) is that it’s difficult to get teachers together, and then the training happens, ends, and there is often too little follow up (on both sides). I think part of the problem with this approach is the way we look at PD […]


Community Managers in Online Education

My previous post on using MOOC technology to Support Educators to Support Students generated quite a bit of interest, and I realized there was more to be said on the topic of using Community Managers in online education.  That post analyzes what MOOC providers like Udacity and Coursera are doing well, while pointing out their glaring […]

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