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The “junk food” of educational technology

Unlike my previous complimentary post about Minecraft, I find this – and many other ed tech gamification tools – to be the ‘junk food’ of educational technology.  Sure, kids like it (just like they like french fries more than cooked veggies) and they get a lot more excited by it […]

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A closer look: Minecraft teaches computational thinking, collaboration, and other key skills

This piece was the cover story in the Sunday NYT Magazine on 4/17/16.  It is a nice example of how often, when you take the time to dig below the surface and observe carefully, that you will find very powerful forms of learning taking place in and with video games, […]

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What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”?

A very thoughtful piece by Joseph South, director of Office of Ed Tech at the US Education Department. Source: What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”? — Medium

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NU-ETHS collaboration a national model

The three-year-old formal collaboration between Northwestern University and the Evanston Township High School has become a national model for university-high school partnerships. Source: NU-ETHS collaboration a national model | Evanston Now This story only scratches the surface of the many powerful connections Kristen has been able to forge between the […]

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Another State Makes Push for Computer Science

Proposed legislation would require all Iowa middle and high schools to offer the subject by the 2018-2019 academic year. Source: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Makes Push for Computer Science   Iowa is the latest state to jump on this bandwagon.  It will be interesting to see which state tackles this […]

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Cyberlearning 2016 Conference

I will be attending Cyberlearning 2016: Designing for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning conference in Arlington, VA on Jan 25-26, 2016.   This event brings together a community of researchers and practitioners working on developing and implementing cutting edge learning technologies (NSF calls it “cyberlearning“).  If you are interested in […]