My Interview on Education Matters

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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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What the Pew Home Broadband in 2015 Report Means for Schools

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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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Are You Hacking Branches, Or Are You Striking Roots?

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Note: This blog post originally appeared on on January 31, 2012. Since the site has been discontinued, I have decided to repost my work here. There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at…
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Ask Yourself About SAMR

Think about SAMR. Think of how much it is discussed and morphed into graphics and merged with other ideas, like TPACK. Think about how much time people spend talking about it at conferences.  Thought about it? Now consider the following…
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A Closer Look at Flipping

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I am a Twitter follower of Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher). I recommend every educator and parent who cares about education follow Vicki and listen to her wonderful podcast. So I am intrigued when I see a tweet like the following from…
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Research into Ideal Digital Learning Spaces

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Research conducted on the use of technology and digital learning spaces has told us about practices that produce evidence of student knowledge creation (CAST, 2011; Mitra, Dangwal, Chatterjee, Jha, Bisht, & Kapur 2005; Papert, 1993) beyond using a computer to simply…
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A Study of Children Using Minecraft

The video is a presentation I gave on a qualitative study I completed about children using Minecraft. The study showed Constructionist tendencies of the children and all six of the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students were observed. My full…
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How Has the Echo Chamber of Social Media Affected the Education System?

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An interesting question posed by Tom Whitby. Today’s #Edchat Topic: How has the transparency of Social Media affected the education system? — Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) April 7, 2015 My response: .@tomwhitby Various standpoints to consider. Students. Teachers. Parents. Community. Politically….
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Internet Access is Still Not Ubiquitous

In the past, I have written about the misconception that Internet access is not ubiquitous for many Americans, in particular for those in rural areas. Today, the Pew Research Center released a report outlining the changing landscape of our Internet…
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How Exactly Does the Technology We Use to Read Change the Way We Read?

There has also been research on the question “How exactly does the technology we use to read change the way we read?” If you think about eBooks, one of the things all the makers are trying to do is make…
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