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    Archive for September, 2012

    The Coursera Gift Horse?

    On multiple occasions, a friend or family member not in the field of education has asked me for my opinion of Khan Academy. Maybe they saw Sal Khan on 60 Minutes or a teacher has introduced my friend or family member to KA. My response usually goes something like this: “I have a few concerns […]

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    Honoring the occasion

    [NOTE: it may ultimately be that the subtitle of this post is “…or how I am justifying my attendance at the Bammys.” If this post sounds defensive, maybe that’s where it’s coming from. I don’t know; you make the call.] One of my mentors once taught me about “honoring the occasion.” I think it was […]

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    My department’s new media ecosystem

    The text below is from an email I sent to the department faculty and to all of the doctoral students in the department (we have a Ph.D. program and an Ed.D. program. Combined, there are probably 100 or so active doctoral students across the two programs). By copying that text here, I am hereby inviting […]

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    Modern scholarly communication in education: An Example

    I’ve written a bit about scholarly communication in education, and our need to modernize our modes and systems (see e.g. THIS and THIS and THIS and THIS…). This post offers an example of modern scholarly communication. At the heart of this “story” is Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University […]

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    The child has a hundred languages… but they steal ninety-nine.

    My son attends a wonderful, progressive PK-8 school. The school is deeply committed to a Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Among the many ways that orientation manifests is through an umbrella project which is “a series of provocations based on an idea that is meant to spark creative thinking and connect students across classrooms and age-levels.” […]

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