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Required Readings, 14 November 2013

Bloomberg’s final school letter grades. Pretending to be black to win a trustee election. Wait, what? It’s in your required readings, teachers and learners! White republican wins a board of trustee spot in Texas by implying that he’s black¬†– or all those voters could have had a uniform ideological change. …

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Pop Quiz: Can you post the lecture online?

Happy Monday, School of Doubters! At the beginning of every semester I end up having to fight the same battle with my students. Immediately after going over the syllabus and discussing how they can use the course management software to keep track of their grades and discuss course materials in …

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Pop Quiz: Are MOOCs the future?

At a meeting the other night I got into a somewhat heated discussion with an older friend and colleague, who was criticising our institution for failing to offer any Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) that are open to participation by the broader public. This, he argued, was a sign …

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Required Readings, 13 June 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Let’s dig in to today’s required readings. Senators Condemn For-Profit Colleges’ Use of Military Tuition Aid – Is slick marketing taking advantage of vets? Schools fail to challenge the brightest, warns British education inspector – He says there’s a culture of low expectations, though some …

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Pop Quiz: Call Me Maybe (Except Not When You’re In Class)

Earlier this week Dan posted a Pop Quiz about the use of TV and video in the classroom. His questions made me think about how the use of technology has been developing in my own school, particularly with regards to the use of mobile phones and tablets. I don’t know …

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Required Reading, 16 May 2014

Good evening, teachers and learners! Better late than never I suppose… Today’s required readings include an update on the Florida student who was arrested for attempting a science experiment. Also, a librarian blogger is threatened over blowing the whistle on predatory “open access” science journals. There’s also videos. I guess …

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Pop Quiz: Cable in the classroom?

When I was in high school, my foreign language teacher had a live cable hookup in her classroom. The official rationale for this was that it would allow her advanced classes to watch foreign language programming and improve their skills, though in reality it often meant we would watch whatever …

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Required Readings, 2 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings for today. Phil Sadler’s misconception research. Duke University gets cold feet on MOOCs. Surviving exams. Let’s get reading. Study: Best science teachers can predict their pupils’ misconceptions – Study is by Philip Sadler, a pioneer in misconception research. Duke University …

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Required Readings, 18 April 2013

Good morning teachers and learners! I’ve gathered your required readings for today. There won’t be a quiz, but I’ll give extra credit those who meaningfully participate in the discussion. West Virginia High School student asks for injunction against principle after abstinence speaker – Article on entire situation at the West …

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Required Readings, 11 April 2013

Good morning teachers and learners! Here’s your Required Readings for the day. Teacher Knows If You’ve Done the e-Reading – Textbook publishers think this will sell faculty on using their expensive e-textbooks. Hmm… Parents want sex education, recess – The headline first made me think they wanted to combine these …

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