Against Dead Air in Education(al Multimedia)

In my first career, I was an AVID video editor and worked in Hollywood editing television shows for Paramount TV, MTV, E Entertainment, Lifetime, and others. A lot of the job of a video editor is to watch raw footage of people talking and doing things, cutting out the boring …

Planning a High School Digital Storytelling Class

A friend is moving to Korea to start teaching a digital storytelling class to high school age students. He asked for some thoughts to get started, and I thought these notes might benefit other teachers of digital storytelling. Please feel free to add your ideas, questions, and suggestions for my …

Defining Success in a CBE Program

.@PhilOnEdTech @tedcurran Another challenge – what do you do with a learner who only masters 70% of outcomes? Today, we rely on pass/fail — Mike Sharkey (@mjshark) May 13, 2015 Thanks for asking, Mike. I can’t tell from your tweet whether you’re referring to 70% of outcomes grades in a …

When BitTorrent Sync is the Right EdTech Tool

You can think of BitTorrent Sync as “Dropbox without the Cloud”. Not to be confused with the underlying technology of BitTorrent, this is a way of keeping a folder and files sync’d across multiple computers, but unlike Dropbox, your files are never stored on a remote cloud server. Instead, files …

Does Your EdTech Fit You Like an Iron Man Suit?

One of the thrilling features of the Iron Man movies is the idea that Tony Stark can step into a mechanized robot suit and control it as if he were just moving his body naturally. The suit is expertly designed to understand his movements in real time and seamlessly amplify them to …

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 …