Tag Archives: Education Reform

Learn to build a sexy website! 1

I am going to be co-teaching a course soon, titled “Learn to build a sexy website” with Andrei Pop. It’s going to be offered online, on Matygo and it’s going to be kick-ass.   So why am I teaching a course despite the hecticness of my imminent move to New York?  Matygo is an awesome […]

Guest post: The War Against Edu-Industry 5

A while ago I wrote a post titled “are we fighting a war” in which I argued that humans being dumber benefited corporations and thus they would fight to make it so. The only way I saw of beating that was to fight back through better education.  Lindsey Wright sent me a great response detailing how the fight […]

Learning through a narrative 3

I just finished reading “The Future of Education – re-imagining our schools from the ground up” by Kieran Egan. It describes the idea of “Imaginative Education” (IE) and gives an example of a timeline in which this superior form of education could be the norm by 2050. I’m unsure of my opinion about most of […]

Educational Technology, the Users’s Perspective 2

Last week I spoke at ETUG 2010. My talk was entitled “Educational Technology, the Users’s Perspective”. In the talk I made a case for user-centered design and then explained the perspective of over 96% of the users of educational technology. Below is the video of my presentation (only starts about 1:50 into the video) and […]

School is just a game… let’s make it a better game. 10

The idea here is that games and school have more in common than does school and life. So perhaps, instead of finding ways of engaging students by turning to real life, we should be turning to game design. How is school like a game? Both School and Video games are highly repetitive environments where you […]

Connectivism and Connected Knowledge – The first post 5

This year I am participating in the Connectivism and Connected Knowledge (CCK09) course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. I was considering taking it for credit, but ran out of time and energy to jump through the hoops needed to make that happen. So instead I am doing it for fun, learning for the […]

Blackboard (and other closed LMS systems) make university a rip-off 285

Here is an anecdote (it happened to me today) outlining just one of the many things that is wrong with closed class websites and LMS in general: I am currently working at a software company as an intern, writing a program. Now of course, as anybody who has taken Software Engineering knows (don’t worry readers […]

Personal Learning Environments 9

At CELC 2009 I was part of a panel of students that tried to answer the question: Personal Learning Environments. What do students think? The other students on the panel were Angeli and Zack. Cindy Underhill was the mastermind that brought us all together and did a superb job of directing things. So what did […]

The two fundamental problems of education 4

Image via Wikipedia While attending the 2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference I was suddenly struck by the fact that there were two very different ways that people were trying to better education. There are simply two things that need to be accomplished before education is fixed. These are: Access Reform Access is an obvious challenge, there […]