Java-based Edtech Tools Pose Security Risk

I was just discussing free screencasting tools with some fellow Instructional Designers, and realizing how many of the most commonly-used apps like Screencast-O-Matic are based on Java technology. Java’s recent plague of security breaches has earned it the title of  the biggest vulnerability for US computers, and yet, I haven’t …

Good MF’ing Online Learning

  Every so often, I go visit this website for inspiration: MotherFuckingWebsite.com It starts with the text This is a motherfucking website. And it’s fucking perfect. Seriously, what the fuck else do you want? It goes on to remind us that websites do not need to have all the eye …

Murphy’s Mantras for LMS Evaluation

Comment on What’s Really to Blame for the Failures of Our Learning-Management Systems by Michael Feldstein. This post does a great job of summarizing the absurd challenges surrounding the LMS procurement process. It explains (without casting blame) why so many LMSes have such a similar set of features (at least when …

Researching the Blockchain in EdTech

The Blockchain in Education: Research Questions Audrey Watters recently posted a great set of research questions for thinking through the ways blockchain technology might potentially interact with edtech. I have been keenly watching blockchain technology for a few years now, especially interested in how it could be used to certify …

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 …

Review: Typora Markdown Editor for Mac

I have been evaluating Typora, a markdown editor for Mac (currently free while in beta). Its killer feature is a distraction-free interface that allows you to type markdown syntax, but quickly hides it in a readable preview so you get more of a WYSIWYG experience. I have been really enjoying …