Get that “App Store” Glow on Your School’s Linux Desktops with Chrome Web Store

In response to “Prepare students for a rapidly changing world by teaching with open source” I was ready to share and recommend this post because I love the idea of using open source software in education. However the author falls into a trap of dismissing the benefits of commercial software …

Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs Part II: Supporting Educators to Support Students

In the previous post, Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs, I discuss the value proposition of traditional universities, and how those values are changing as massive, free online courses gain traction in higher education. This post will examine our traditional assumption that classrooms are made up of one teacher …

“It’s the Poverty, Stupid”: Why Ed Reform and Social Reform Need Each Other

In response to Anya Kamenetz‘ post, Let them Eat iPads?   Thanks for posing the issue this way. I was a charter school teacher for years, teaching in different communities in California with vastly different socioeconomic realities. I’ve seen that poverty brings several issues that make it hard for students …

“The 4:5 Rule” : Lecture Capture Video for the Internet Attention Span

How long is too long for a lecture? Teachers can commonly spend upwards of 45 minutes lecturing in class. This arbitrary time frame is something we’ve settled into thanks to the traditional lengths of classroom meeting times, not because they are the optimal way to learn. This article will discuss …

#TIL “Today I Learned”: A Fun Web Meme that’s Great for Promoting Metacognition

Readers of Twitter and Reddit will likely recognize the hashtag #TIL. It stands for “Today I Learned”, and is used with a new and interesting fact that the author just discovered today. It’s accompanied with a link back to the originating website so readers can learn more about the interesting …