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EdTech Isn’t Simple, Nor Should It Be

How does a potential doctoral candidate spend their early Saturday evening after submitting their candidacy exam on Friday afternoon? By re-reading some of the research included in my exam. In one particular piece (McLoughlin & Lee, 2010), I rediscovered some…
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Let’s Compare . . .

Peer-reviewed articles by Jean Piaget, according to the US Department of Education – Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) (“author:‘Jean Piaget,’” n.d.): The Spirit of Solidarity in Children and International Cooperation (1931) Part I: Cognitive Development in Children–Piaget Development and Learning…
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My Doctoral Candidacy Exam

I decided to post my doctoral candidacy exam here. I am not posting the questions themselves, but hopefully you will be able to see the progression of ideas in this paper. The embedded paper is live. As I write, you should…
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A Critical Review of Puentedura’s SAMR

My introduction to the SAMR Model was at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference in 2013. I believe it was Scott Meech, at the time the Director of Technology for Downers Grove School District 58, who made the intellectual introduction. Scott…
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From 1851: Articles Indispensable in Schools of Every Grade

Taken from the book “Practical illustrations of the principles of school architecture.: By Henry Barnard.,” I found the following. It describes those materials that all schools of best practice should include back in 1851. Some things seem very familiar. They…
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If a Person Has Only a Hammer . . .

An old saying goes something like this: If a person has only a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail. Adding new tools to the carpenter’s toolkit changes the way the carpenter looks at the world. So, too, with…
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If space impacts behavior . . .

If space impacts behavior, then how does your student’s digital space impact their behavior? Is it locked down, or can they define it? — James O’Hagan (@jimohagan) March 4, 2015

Why Design of Spaces?

Tonight, I was given a tour of the CNVR in Rockford, Illinois. It is truly an amazing space designed to tell stories. From art studio to public performance to video production to audio recording, this space is setup as the…
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What is an Ideal Digital Space for Students?

I had the pleasure of attending a symposium hosted by David Jakes on the topic of “Classroom Redesign: Creating 21st Century Learning Spaces.” It was a terrific two and a half hours that could have gone two and a half…
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