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John Duhring
Content strategist and community developer
Content strategist and community developer

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Cogswell College is using Canvas as their LMS, which integrates with catalog and registration data.  Google's tools fit nicely into Canvas, enabling a wide range of applications within courses.
Hi all. A new blog post on our use of Google Apps, and Free Tools to build our graduate program - #ITDML  

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Hackathons as the new "show and tell?  How schooling changes when student projects take center stage.

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I'm using my iPhone to capture student profiles such as this.  Tabletop video?
Video: One student’s journey from being an engineering student to an animator!

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Quite a bit of talent is gravitating towards creating services that use an open protocol from money.
Onward, and Ever Upward
2013 was an amazing year; between founding +Coursefork, building and, working with several amazing startups [1], and being allowed to call myself a peer to some of the smartest people I know all throughout, it has been a year of both great achievement and personal growth.  This sets an incredibly compelling stage for 2014 and everything to come therein.

Today, I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the likes of Jeff Garzik [2], Patrick Nagurny, and Ian Patton under the leadership of CTO Stephen Pair at +Bitpay, which allows anyone to quickly and seamlessly accept Bitcoin as payment, settling immediately in any currency, including USD.

Bitcoin has become one of the biggest stories of 2013, having grown over 9000% in value [3] and even surpassing Western Union in transaction volume [4].  As potentially the most counterfeit-proof form of payment in history, Bitcoin is poised to become one of the most disruptive technologies since the invention of the Internet as society moves increasingly into decentralized systems in an era of waning trust and increasing technological awareness by growing economies like China, India, and Brazil [5].

Taking advantage of this trend of decentralization, BitPay is perfectly positioned to serve as the mechanism for BitCoin's mass-adoption as massive merchants such as move to accept this new form of payment.  It's exciting to be involved with a company in this position at such an early stage, and expand the breadth of my experience to include another decentralized system, and especially to be holding the responsibility of expanding the company's open-source initiatives and engaging the developer community in a meaningful way.

After parting ways with Coursefork late last year, I've taken a seat on the Board of Advisors, allowing the amazing team we built to realize the vision of open-sourcing the world of education [6] under the leadership of CTO +Brian Marks.  Brian was previously the CTO of successful education startup WebAssign [7], and will be an excellent steward of Coursefork's team and technology as they move towards the much-needed decentralization and open-sourcing of the education industry.  My best wishes to the team as they endeavor to do so!

Exciting times all around, and I'm truly lucky to be a part of it in so many ways.  Now let's go make the world a better place.

[1]: One of which, DigaForce, was just acquired: — congratulations to +Anthony Pompliano and +Matthew Cotter!
[2]: Jeff is one of the core developers of Bitcoin and a former +Red Hat team member from Raleigh.  How's that for the Triangle Company Family tree, +Derrick Minor?!
[5]: You might recall that in March of 2013, the Cypriot government restricted withdrawals and then utilized citizens' bank accounts directly to bail out their banking system, resulting in a surge in Bitcoin prices as individuals fled the fiat currency:
[6]: Here's an interview I did while CTO of Coursefork with +Jason Hibbets from that explains the vision:
[7]: As a cofounder and CTO at WebAssign for 13 years, Brian took the education company from zero to over $30M in yearly revenue before becoming my co-founder at Coursefork.

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Learning entrepreneurial education as practiced via Kauffman FASTTRAC. Gorgeous day in Kansas City!

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For teachers, it's time to rethink what to display in class. Powerpoint projections have become commonplace yet the next generation of tools will enable remote devices to project. Start with an AppleTV or Chromecast dongle and go from there.

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So much potential with now billions connected.  The sweat, genius and hopes are what matter most.
Eisenhower (1953): “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

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Will classroom teachers take the upper hand by using the tools proven effective by MOOCs?

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Here's a call for "Electronic Literacy".  Long overdue.
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