Badges?!? Do We Need Any Stinking Badges?!??

This post was originally written as a response to Kyle M. Jones’ posting on TheCorkboard.org entitled “Digital Learning and Badges“ in which he calls for greater discussion around using “badges” to certify student learning online. Here is my response: Everything I’ve heard is that badges are designed to take the …

An Open Letter to the US Copyright Office in Defense of Jailbreaking

Dear Copyright Office—   I would like to register my support for the practice of jailbreaking of smartphones, tablets, and game systems on the principle that these devices are fully-functional computers and should not have their functionality crippled to promote monopolistic business practices by their manufacturers. I believe that “jailbreaking”– …

LMS Disruption– Free Web 2.0 Tools Can Co-Exist with the Centralized LMS

[Question from a colleague] It appears that OpenClass has the same mission as Canvas –  OpenClass: “disrupt technology for education”, Canvas:  “disrupting the Learning Management System (LMS) market.” Does this new partnership introduce any concerns about Canvas’ future. Blackboard has to change if it’s going to survive. Canvas too? The …