EdTech

The Innovative Designer and eSports

This image of a sketch represents the innovative designer.

The Innovative Designer standard is one of the more difficult of the ISTE 2016 Standards for Students to connect to eSports. It is intimidating because many do not know or understand what “a design process” means. In previous posts, eSports and…
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The Knowledge Constructor and eSports

In this photo a knowledge constructor is building with Jenga blocks

The Knowledge Constructor is one of the ISTE 2016 Standards for Students that tickles constructionist roots. In previous posts, eSports and the first two ISTE standards were explored. This post focuses on students gathering information and resources, synthesizing them together, and…
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The Digital Citizen and eSports

A student of this world must engage as a physical and digital citizen.

Digital Citizen, the second standard of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students, is important in eSports. Previously, I wrote about the connection between the Empowered Learner and eSports. This standard addresses the appropriate roles for our students in a shrinking world where new…
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The Empowered Learner and eSports

The girl in this photo looks like an empowered learner.

In my previous post, I provided an introduction of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students and how they are exhibited in eSports. In this post, the focus is on the first standard – Empowered Learner It is important this is…
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Who is EdTech John Galt?

The photo is of Atlas holding up the world on his shoulders. The book "Atlas Shrugged" includes the character John Galt.

Strange title, I know. Who is EdTech John Galt? The question posed is based in the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged.” Many of the themes in this novel extend beyond, and are not relevant, to the point of this post….
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My Interview on Education Matters

Chicago public radio studio

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dwayne Olson on the WGTD 91.1 radio program “Education Matters.” It was a great opportunity to talk about virtual learning and libraries. I cannot embed the audio from the interview, but…
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The Importance of the Invitation to Learning

A picture of an Apple 3G iPhone box that creates a positive invitation to the device.

From “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired-and Secretive-Company Really Works“ by Adam Lashinsky How a customer opens a box must be one of the last things a typical product designer would consider. Yet for Apple, the inexpensive box merits as much…
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Do Not Be Afraid to Cull the edu-Twitter Herd

Need to cull the social media herd? These are awfully busy screens.

Almost a month ago, Dan Rezac posted “What Twitter’s Growth Problem Means for Educators” on Medium. One of the points Dan makes in his post is: Twitter still cares too much about celebrities. I agree. There are some edu-Twitter elite who…
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What the Pew Home Broadband in 2015 Report Means for Schools

Internet search bar

On December 21, Pew Research released their 2015 Home Broadband survey analysis. Looking at the analysis on the surface there are a few items that stand out. There was a modest decline in home broadband access from 2013 to 2015 (home…
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Mediocrity is Expensive

Indoor playground at the Commons in Columbus, Indiana.

“Mediocrity is expensive,” is a phrase attributed to J. Irwin Miller. He was the head of the Cummins Engine Company and the main benefactor who transformed Columbus, Indiana from a small run-of-the-mill midwest town into one of the top 10 architectural hotspots in…
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