Hearing, Headphones, Health and Safety

A recent study cited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that pedestrian accidents involving headphone use have tripled since 2004. In 116 accidents reported between 2004-2011, about two-thirds of victims were under 30, and more than half were …

Teaching Physics with a Computer

Remember playing with blocks and discovering how important an adequate base was for a tower or wall and how far you could extend a cantilever before it collapsed? A recent article in the New York Times questions early childhood education …

Top 5 Tech Gadgets to Support Learning at Home and in School

Integrating technology into learning is not something that comes naturally for many of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Great parents and great teachers have a lot in common, perhaps most importantly, their passion for supporting growth among …

Let’s Teach Our Kids to Be Net Savvy

Back-to-school season is in full gear and students and teachers have settled into their routines for the year.  What does that mean for me?  Well, on a daily basis I manage an Internet safety program focused on giving educators, parents …

Educational Videos and YouTube Teachers

One year when my social studies students were studying the Middle Ages, I showed sections of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V to give them an idea of what medieval warfare was like. I used a videotape. My video sources were a …

To Tech, Or Not To Tech

I took a semester course on the French Revolution at college. The professor was from West Virginia and lay in wait behind his country roots and accent as did Sam Irvin when he characterized himself a simple country lawyer. Woe …

Creating Global Learners: Projects and Resources That Knock Down Classroom Walls

With the technology we have today, a one-room classroom should no longer exist! All of our students are capable of being or becoming global learners.  We have the ability, using any, or all, of the Web 2.0 tools available, to …

“Why Run, When You Can , Jog the Web?”

“Why Run, When You Can, Jog the Web”

Get it?   Usually you run around the web looking for websites. With Jog the Web, you bundle what you want in one place and “jog” from site to site, well, sort of. …

Want to Help Students? Get Connected.

There is a group of educators out there that is working tirelessly to spread the word about technology integration. This group, of which I consider myself a member, believes that using educational technology tools in the classroom helps students in …

Embracing Technology in the Classroom

As a child of the 60’s, I grew up without a cell phone, the Internet, an Ipad, digital cameras, Twitter, computers, flip cameras, Facebook, I could go on and on. But as a 21st century teacher, I have embraced the …

BFTP: What’s the place of futurists?

Predicting the future is easy. It’s trying to figure what’s going on now that’s hard.Fritz Dresser One of the more interesting characters in literature is Cassandra from Homer's Illiad. She was a Trojan woman so babe-i-licious that the god …

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A four hour practice test for 3rd graders

The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The ACT including essay is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The LSAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes. The GRE is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. Minnesota's OLPA, …

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A four hour practice test for 3rd graders

The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The ACT including essay is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The LSAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes. The GRE is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. Minnesota's OLPA, …

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Innovating Pedagogy report 2014

It’s been slightly over a year since the last Innovating Pedagogy report, and 2014’s edition is now available. As before it was written by a small team in IET at the OU. The remit is to look at technology …

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Culture eats strategy

The restaurant nearest our home on this Minnesota lake has a great salad bar (pickled beets) as well as tasty broasted chicken. The LWW and I go there on a fairly regular basis. The joint also has a unique way …

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StackUp: Get professional development credit for Twitter edchats

What it is: StackUp is a really neat new web app that automatically scores online reading and learning. As you work online, StackUp captures data through the free web app and plugin which can be used on Mac and Windows …

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JIME, Ubiquity & OA models

I’m a co-editor of JIME at the Open University. It’s had a long tradition here, started in KMi it piloted open peer review, using it’s own software back in the late 90s. It has always been open access, and when …

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From Sentence Combining to “Revision Decisions”

Image courtesy of Stenhouse This week, I am happy to be one stop on the blog tour for Jeff Anderson and Deborah Dean’s new book, Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond (Be sure to visit stops one, two, …

Digital Writing, Digital Teaching

Connecting to What, Exactly?

Last week, Educating Modern Learners published a piece I wrote about some of my worries about online communities and students.  The piece is called What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Connectedness.  Here’s an excerpt: # I …

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When’s the last time you asked?

    I love 30 second surveys. Amazing how much you can learn as a tech department.…

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