Managing Project-Based Learning in Trello: A Case Study

This is a reflection on the process for using Trello in Project-Based Learning that will hopefully help you decide if Trello is right for your projects. I have written before how much I like using Trello for personal task management and for organizing small work groups– it’s been my personal to-do …

#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 …

Expanding and Owning my Content at TedCurran.net

  I’m very interested in how open source publishing tools like WordPress can empower individuals to own their data, understand and learn from their tools, and protect against the strange encroachments of privacy and power that commercial cloud services can impose on our digital lives. I’ve even argued that open …

With new EdTech, Ask Yourself: “What Problem am I Trying to Solve”?

It’s no secret that people have a hard time critically evaluating technology. Our tiny mammalian brains are powerless to resist the charms of a thin, sleek, colorful bauble that promises to revolutionize the way we teach and learn. Whether it’s iPads, eBooks, LMSes, Twitter, or Khan Academy, we edtechies have …

Secure Your Social Identity Across All Sites with NameChk.com

If you are trying to create a branded online identity, it helps to have a consistent username across all of the major sites. With NameChk.com, you can search once and see if your favorite username is available on 159 different social media sites. Just enter the username you want in …

“The Commons”: The Importance of Talking Out of Turn

(This post is part of a series called “The Connected Class Community”).  One essential part of human communities has always been a central meeting place– a location where the community comes to engage in conversations that are bigger than one-on-one interactions can offer. I call this space The Commons and …

The Best of Both Worlds– Web Apps with Desktop Clients

The recent explosion of great tools that simply run in a web browser has been amazing. From tools like Google Docs, Evernote, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Prezi, and Rememberthemilk and the venerable Gmail— you can access powerful tools for free wherever you are. However, sometimes a web browser is not the …

“Idea Catching”: Tools to Unite your “Inspiration” Mind and your “Perspiration” Mind

Image by Tiago Daniel via Flickr “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!“ -Thomas Alva Edison “I discovered the meaning of life but I forgot to write it down.“ -Hugh Gallagher You know those times when you are struck with a brilliant, life-altering, million-dollar, save-the-world idea at the exact moment …