Tuesday, August 4. 2015
Mashable reports that Mozilla, the company behind the web browser Firefox, is accusing Microsoft of discouraging users from changing default applications in Windows 10 because it has changed the way to set preferred applications for Internet browsing, calendar and other apps.
Monday, August 3. 2015
A few thoughts about Windows 10. Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 a device-agnostic platform that could be reinvented whenever and however the company wanted on any given day. CEO Satya Nadella said,"It’s not just another release of Windows, it’s the beginning of a new era."
Friday, July 31. 2015
I am prepping for my fall graduate course in social media at NJIT and I'm looking at my list of book titles for outside reading on social media, and some related digital design topics. The original list of titles was crowdsourced on this blog and updated 2 years later. The latest additions are based on outside reading by myself and recommendations from the last group of students who took the social media course. New suggestions welcomed.
Friday, July 24. 2015
Articles on college students' spending on textbooks continues to be an issue, as I has been for decades. Lately, it seems that the spending on books and course materials is declining, but not because textbooks are cheaper.
Friday, July 17. 2015
You'll often see a rubric used in academia as a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests. But the word rubric has at least three other applications and an interesting origin.
The word rubric has origins in late Middle English rubrish which was the original way to refer to a heading, section of text. Earlier Old French rubriche had the same meaning and came from the Latin rubrica.
This was taken further in the many religious texts that were reproduced. Those texts, used by clergy, included a kind of "stage directions" for the clergyman who was reading. These directions were printed in red while the text for the congregation was printed in black ink. This gave an additional meaning to the red rubric writing as instructional text.
An earlier version of this post appeaed on my blog Why Name It That?
Wednesday, July 15. 2015
Games for the classroom continues to be an expanding field, though there are more skeptics than converts. As with other trends (MOOCs, for example), many educators want more information on assessing the impact of games on learning before they adopt games or game qualities in their courses.
Monday, July 13. 2015
"Autodidact" has its roots in the Ancient Greek words autós, or "self" and didaktikos, meaning "teaching." Dacticism defines an artistic philosophy of education and autodidacticism (also autodidactism) is used to mean self-education.
I have been writing about School 2.0 (AKA Education or University 2.0) for about six years and a lot of that touches on the idea of the individual taking the initiative and the responsibility for the learning that occurs. I heard a lot about "student-centered learning" at the end of the last century. Much of that came from the rise of online learning where the instructor has less ability to be the center of the learning.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals.
Thursday, July 9. 2015
When I started working with designing online courses in 2000, our focus on readiness for online learning was on students. Like other colleges at that time, we considered freshman "not ready" for the responsibilities and time management required to take online versions of courses. For a time, the college of computer science at that university didn't want their students taking online courses in their major at all. An opinion that seemed quite ironic.
Tuesday, July 7. 2015
I did a presentation titled "Flipping the Learning Model" for the annual conference of the Connecticut Education Network in May 2015. The flipped classroom has been a hot topic in education for a number of years, but more recently, the idea of flipping professional development has been experimented at schools and in corporate training. That is a topic I did a presentation on last fall at NJEDge.Net Annual Conference. Taking the flipped classroom into the world of professional development is a relatively new step in the flipped learning model.
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