Anybody else attending or even presenting at the "TCETC 2012: Technology, Media, and Designs for Learning" conference this weekend? I'm curious to see what kind of efforts are being made in this area of research. It's still a relatively young field and so interdisciplinary, so I'll be sure to hear some interesting projects that are going on right now. I probably won't be able to match Kate in her awesome live-blogs, but I'll try my best to write up an extensiv...
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Ballonduck is the new kid on the block in the social network neighborhood, a Q&A website that seems to me like the forbidden lovechild of Pinterest, Twitter, and Quora. The main content on Balloonduck revolves around users' questions called "requests" and the conversations regarding these requests are intended to be opinion-based rather than factual.
The founders are former UNC students, Vivian Xue and Brandon ...
The National Education Association is doing a Twitter Campaign during this week:
Help Us Spread the Word!
Tweet Teacher Week messages.
Be sure to use our #thankateacher hashtag.
If you can write your name, #thankateacher
If you understand corny math jokes, #thankateacher
If you can read, #thankateacher
Here's an example I made...
Present.me is a handy service for recording video and/or audio to accompany your slides. Present.me allows you to sync your recorded audio and video to your slides then publish everything as one complete package.
When I first heard this in college a few years ago, I was AMAZED.
Take 5 minutes, put your headphones on and listen to this Vialogue.
Could something as simple as microphone technology be used to make virtual classrooms, distance learning environments, and online courses more like real-life?
Infamous for their blog post about the dangers and inevitable failure of Khan Academy, Mathalicious provides standards-based math lessons through real-world topics that are relevant to a students' lives. Their contextual approach means to help students make sense of the math, and develop both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
This infographic shows the future trends in scientific fields, claiming that of all the STEM degrees awarded in 2009, nearly half of them were awarded to women. It is true that in the past decade, the STEM gap in America's workforce has been steadily closing. But interestingly, there's still a significant unbalanced gender divide for engineering, physics, and computer science fields.
(A small clip of the infographic. LOOK at all that blue!)
When Understanding Fiscal Responsibility officially ships its curriculum, it will only amplify the financial literacy movements happening in primary and secondary education.
In preparation for the Academic Festival in April, I've been doing a bit of time traveling for the past week to find future-oriented, technology-centered stories from the TC archives and PocketKnowledge. I learned so much about the first pioneers of TC through this 300-page publication written in 1954. It's lengthy, but a surprisingly fun read. However, finding a collection of information about the college after the 1950's was a little bit harder than I thought. I enlisted the help of the lovely library staff and the ...
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Back in September 2009, Jason Rappaport imagined a decent collaborative groupwork tool for his school projects, a service that could do the work of six separate services in just one cohesive platform. From there, GoodSemester was born - a place where students and professors can start their own courses, join courses, organize notes, share notes, and can store their entire academic life in the cloud. Today is GoodSemester's first public beta launch.