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 …

Teacher as Curator: Capture and Organize Learning Materials with Web 2.0 Tools

In the 21st Century world of abundant free educational content, teachers are challenged to shed the role of “content area expert” and adopt the role of “content curator”. Part of the shifting role of teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” means spending less time lecturing …

Replace your Firefox and Chrome Plugins with Bookmarklets for Cross-Platform Productivity

  Two of the most popular posts here on TedCurran.net deal with replacing your too-huge collection of browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome to improve your browser’s speed and performance.  Replace Your Firefox Plugins with Mozilla Ubiquity and Over-Extending your Firefox with Extensions? Use Different Firefox-Powered Browsers for Different Tasks! Unfortunately, these posts …

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 …

Free Tools, the Distorted Web, Privacy, and Your Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

Until I saw this TED talk, I didn’t care much that free Web 2.0 tools like Google and Facebook were collecting massive dossiers of information about my online habits. I thought they were just using it to serve me more relevant ads and improve my user experience. It seemed like …

“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 …