With some software, you can divide the Twitter River into drinkable streams (Image: River Itchen Weir by neilalderney123 on flickr CC) For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in #etmooc, a massive open online course (MOOC) about educational technology and media. This is a cMOOC, where the goal is connecting people and building a community, as opposed to an xMOOC where you watch videos, do assignments and so on. Drink without drowning from the Twitter River | Science Edventures
Tech Teaching Tools
Tech Teaching Tools
Infuse Learning into Your Class I love using Socrative, Polls Everywhere, and Cel.ly for daily response and student feedback. I recently discovered Infuse Learning, which combines many of the features I love into one simple to use program. Infuse Learning is a teacher-to-student program that helps instructors make classes interactive by allowing students to respond to questions through their mobile phones, tablets, PC computers, laptops, or ipod touches. You can add a class to your dashboard. Once student log in through the room number, teachers can push questions, quizes, notes, drawings, and so much more to student devices. Students can answer your prompts in real time for a more interactive experience.
Long Live Paper
People often ask me why I have an iPad and a...
Education Technology Expert, Will Richardson, Dazzles at Renbrook
5 Ways To Be A Better Public Speaker 7.16K Views 0 Likes If you've been asked to speak at a conference or host a seminar, you may be shaking in your boots. Not only is the thought of speaking in public nerve-wracking, but being in charge of a seminar that no one wants to at...
Jim Wilson/The New York Times Rhiana Maidenberg listened to an audio book on her mobile phone while watching television during a workout in San Francisco. Just another day at the gym. Your Brain on Computers - Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
The Joy of Quiet A few months later, I read an interview with the perennially cutting-edge designer Philippe Starck. What allowed him to remain so consistently ahead of the curve? “I never read any magazines or watch TV,” he said, perhaps a little hyperbolically.
Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a "reasonably well-executed search."
To use a keyboard shortcut, or key combination, you press a modifier key with a character key. For example, pressing the Command key (the key that has a symbol) and the "c" key at the same time copies whatever is currently selected (text, graphics, and so forth) into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C key combination (or keyboard shortcut). A modifier key is a part of many key combinations. Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts
During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education. It was roughly $4,000 in 1971, and last year amounted to $11,000 per student. Over that same period time, our students’ math and verbal test scores have remained unchanged. I am no Warren Buffett, but I can comfortably say to you that that is a lousy return on investment. In an increasingly competitive world, it is clear that our education system--as currently designed--isn’t sustainable. Simply throwing more money at a system that produces the same results is, well, not smart.