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We Interrupt our Regularly Scheduled Broadcast to Bring you … Surprising Futuristic Home Tech you can buy Now

June 24, 2015

This may not be Education Technology (yet), but it is Pretty Cool Emerging Technology for the Home This was just too interesting not to share! After an long period of limited availability, Amazon announced yesterday the general availability of this sweet new voice controlled device that does much more than just play your favorite music […]

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10 Techniques to Ensure That Your Lessons are as Dull as a Dishwater

June 11, 2015

Seriously, it’s our Job to Inspire Learning? We’ve all heard of or witnessed so many of these tired old approaches to delivering lessons. If you do happen to witness other educators sucking the will to learn out of students, please don’t just sit idly by. Weep openly, gnash your teeth, moan and shake our head, […]

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Dozens of Free Resources for Keeping Academic Skills Sharp Over the Summer Months

June 10, 2015

Creative Commons Licensed Image source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABubble_3.jpg Don’t Let the “Summer Slide” Dull Those School Skills! This time of year I get a lot of requests for resources to help students keep up their school skills over the long summer months. I searched the web for the best resources, tips, and techniques I could find. I […]

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Why I Switched from Dropbox to SpiderOak

June 4, 2015

People Don’t Care Much About Encryption, Until They get Burned I’ve been a delighted Dropbox user for years. The functionality it offers is brilliant. If you want to be able to easily access and edit the same files from different computers and mobile devices like tablets and/or smartphones, you need this functionality. At no cost*, […]

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Free Collaborative Mind Mapping With Mind42

June 2, 2015

Some of you may recognize Mind42 from the Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge … it was our feature tool a few weeks ago. Today I am introducing Mind42 here so all of our readers can give it a try if they wish. By the way, keep an eye out for an important email about the prizes that we’ll […]

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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN

May 27, 2015

Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass standardized tests, but how often are they actually teaching students how to learn? Out of curiosity, I Googled, “schools should teach students how to learn” […]

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In Memory of Our Fallen Soldiers

May 25, 2015

Honor our Fallen by Helping our Veterans To my way of thinking, one of the best ways we can recognize Memorial Day and honor those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces is to help out a veteran. Here are a few ideas for how you can do so: Donate to a charity […]

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The Shocking Truth About Competency Based Education

May 14, 2015

The Rise of Regionally Accredited Competency Based Education in HigherEd I’ve been a fan of the idea of Competency Based Education since I first heard of it. It seemed like such a positive development and a step ahead in the evolution of higher education here in the US and abroad. But I figured it would […]

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Closing the Technology and Education Gap in the Developing World

May 7, 2015

A High School Student’s First-Hand Experience Illuminates the Potential That Access to Technology Has to Give Kids With Limited Resources a Chance to Learn The technology gap between a 17 year-old American girl and a much younger Ghanaian boy, in a remote village on the outskirts of the Volta, could not have been wider than […]

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Render and Manipulate 3D Virtual Images in ‘Real Space’ With zSpace

May 6, 2015

This Technology from zSpace is Just Amazing! How would you like your student to be able to strap on a pair of special glasses and see and manipulate detailed renderings of multi-layered objects in 3D? Sound a little too much like those faked holographic displays and other imagined technologies we see in movies that don’t […]

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