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Pingendo is a free, visual page builder site, letting you use Twitter Bootstrap design elements to build professional-looking pages. You construct a page using prebuilt sections and elements in the visual editor, then replacing the placeholder text and images with your own work. You can preview your site as it’ll appear on a phone, tablet, …
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Murphy’s Mantras for LMS Evaluation - Comment on What’s Really to Blame for the Failures of Our Learning-Management Systems by Michael Feldstein. This post does a great job of summarizing the absurd challenges surrounding the LMS procurement process. It explains (without casting blame) why so many LMSes have such a similar set of features (at least when viewed as a bulleted list), and why institutions tend to be unhappy with the results. I found myself nodding along, recognizing many of the...
Comment on What’s Really to Blame for the Failures of Our Learning-Management Systems by Michael Feldstein. This post does a great job of summarizing the absurd challenges surrounding the LMS procu…
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Could Gigabit Internet Lead to a More Decentralized Web? - The hosts of DTNS discuss Patrick’s newfound embarrassment of riches after moving to Finland, where he gets more home broadband bandwidth than he can use. What to do with it all? I have some ideas — Their discussion made me wonder if we have gotten too used to consumerized home broadband — by getting our internet from our cable TV providers, has it limited our imagination to just getting faster movies, bigger video games, and more s...
The hosts of DTNS discuss Patrick’s newfound embarrassment of riches after moving to Finland, where he gets more home broadband bandwidth than he can use. What to do with it all? I have some ideas — Their discussion made me wonder if we have gotten too used to consumerized home broadband — by getting our internet from …
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Review: Typora Markdown Editor for Mac - I have been evaluating Typora, a markdown editor for Mac (currently free while in beta). Its killer feature is a distraction-free interface that allows you to type markdown syntax, but quickly hides it in a readable preview so you get more of a WYSIWYG experience. I have been really enjoying this streamlined interface as I write for work, and it’s almost enough to let me look past its few shortcomings. I don’t see myself paying for a commercial markd...
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PROsocial Deconstructivism – - In reading Michael Feldstein’s article on AntiSocial Deconstructivism, I found myself agreeing with some parts of some of the points he was intending to mock. I want to put forth a modified version — let’s call it ProSocial Deconstructivism. Just creating a statement like the one below draws a subtle line in the sand that tars anyone who believes anything like this with the same brush as the edtech charlatans who claim to be a “robot tutor in the sky”. The pro...
In reading Michael Feldstein's article on AntiSocial Deconstructivism, I found myself agreeing with some parts of some of the points he was intending to mock. I want to put forth ProSocial Deconstructivism.
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Develop Focused Research Questions for LMS Evaluation - I’ve been through a few LMS evaluation processes, and I’ve assisted others via Quora.com and commenters on my blog. One thing I’m always amazed by is how very smart people fail to focus on the right things when evaluating an LMS. The best way I know to avoid the common pitfalls in an LMS evaluation and keep your focus on what matters is to treat this process like a formal research project. This means developing focused research questio...
The best way I know to avoid the common pitfalls in an LMS evaluation and keep your focus on what matters is to treat this process like a formal research project. This means developing focused research questions, and testing them explicitly.
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Always Know Where Your Towel (and File) Is - So after reading this guy’s rant about how terrible his experience with iTunes is, it reminded me of a big “I told you so” that I want to share. While your apps would like you to think of your music, movies, and documents as being theirs, they’re really yours, and you should always know where they are stored on your devices. This empowers you to take control of your computing life, and always gives you the option to skip out of an abusive relatio...
So after reading this guy’s rant about how terrible his experience with iTunes is, it reminded me of a big “I told you so” that I want to share. While your apps would like you to think of your music, movies, and documents as being theirs, they’re really yours, and you should always know where …
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Researching the Blockchain in EdTech - The Blockchain in Education: Research Questions Audrey Watters recently posted a great set of research questions for thinking through the ways blockchain technology might potentially interact with edtech. I have been keenly watching blockchain technology for a few years now, especially interested in how it could be used to certify student learning, similar to the badgechain project.  I’m planning on participating in the IDEO Bits&Blocks Hackathon in a ...
The Blockchain in Education: Research Questions Audrey Watters recently posted a great set of research questions for thinking through the ways blockchain technology might potentially interact with …
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Against Dead Air in Education(al Multimedia) - In my first career, I was an AVID video editor and worked in Hollywood editing television shows for Paramount TV, MTV, E Entertainment, Lifetime, and others. A lot of the job of a video editor is to watch raw footage of people talking and doing things, cutting out the boring bits, leaving only the most interesting, entertaining, and relevant parts of what they say. Video editors gain an acute appreciation of how much time we waste saying “um” a...
In my first career, I was an AVID video editor and worked in Hollywood editing television shows for Paramount TV, MTV, E Entertainment, Lifetime, and others. A lot of the job of a video editor is to watch raw footage of people talking and doing things, cutting out the boring bits, leaving only the most …
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WGU, Competency Based Education, and Subtantive Interaction - Many watching the world of Competency Based Education were again rattled by the most recent news that the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General has been auditing Western Governors University for the last three years. The OIG is questioning whether WGU should be downgraded from a “distance education provider” to a “correspondence school” — a move that would diminish the innovative institution’s reputation and f...
Many watching the world of Competency Based Education were again rattled by the most recent news that the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General has been auditing Western Governors University for the last three years. The OIG is questioning whether WGU should be downgraded from a “distance education provider” to a “correspondence school” …
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Make a teaching toolbox for better, faster student feedback - Building upon How to Give Your Students Better Feedback in Less Time This article above (you should read it — I’ll wait) encourages teachers to develop a “Teaching Toolbox” — essentially, a text document containing good, detailed feedback that you can quickly and easily paste into student work while you’re grading. The big objective is to create the very best responses you can to the most common student mistakes you encounter in ...
Make a Teaching Toolbox to give better student feedback with less effort.
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TedCurran.net is a blog about Education Technology, lifehacks and downloads for teachers. I'm an instructional designer in higher ed but was a charter high school teacher for several years as well.