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 …

Digital Native Students are More Consumers than Creators

http://gty.im/169267452 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 millennial students have a natural fluency with …

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 Jeremy B Williams’ post implies …

Automatically Mute Your Phone at School or Work with IFTTT.com

You know that moment when the room is quiet and everyone is calmly focused on a speaker– and then someone’s annoying ringtone goes off right in the middle, shattering the silence and attracting unwanted attention? Don’t be that doofus. I created a couple of IFTTT recipes to save the sanity …

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 …