Make a teaching toolbox for better, faster student feedback

Building upon How to Give Your Students Better Feedback in Less Time This article above (you should read it — I’ll wait) encourages teachers to develop a “Teaching Toolbox” — essentially, a text document containing good, detailed feedback that you can quickly and easily paste into student work while you’re …

Get Free eBooks and Support Your Local Library | Overdrive App

Public libraries are an incredibly valuable community resource that sometimes get taken for granted. As we transition from print to digital media formats, libraries have been forced to defend their relevance — both to the community and their funders. The Overdrive app is a way you can support your local library …

Proficiency vs. Mastery: Recognizing Growth and Excellence in CBE

In response to Kaplan University Begins Offering Personalized Competency Reports to More than 40,000 Students Kaplan University’s Personalized Competency Reports It’s great to see Kaplan’s Competency Report, though it’s a bit less granular than I was expecting. I’ve seen at other institutions where they have a small set of high-level …

LAUSD’s iPad Debacle and Enduring Principles for EdTech Decision Making

Why I Would Have Avoided LA’s iPad Debacle In response to the Wired article “What Schools Must Learn from LA’s iPad Debacle”. [Full disclosure: I am a Pearson employee but have no inside knowledge of this deal. This analysis is mine alone.] When I learned of LAUSD’s shambolic iPad 1:1 …

One PowerPoint, Indivisible | Markdown Presentations for Futureproof Flexibility

A response to PowerPoint Remix Rant by Mike Caulfield. Mike laments how the long list of specialized graphical tools in PowerPoint is a recipe for making Open Ed Resources that are next to impossible to reuse, remix, and repurpose to other contexts. Most things work like this, unfortunately, encouraging us …