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Educational dystopia, school reform, student data protections, USDA response, what can we do about the schools in NOLA, academia as a lifestyle choice- Required Reading 2/27/2014

Well, what has Speecharella been reading this week?  Lots- Thanks to Alexander Russo for pointing us to this dystopian educational thriller- The Newman Resident. Though the task is somewhat akin to finding the corners in a circle, this is a pretty good take on making sense of the school reform …

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Pop Quiz: Email

My least favourite part of doing what I do is dealing with email. Between research projects, professional societies, departmental and campus-wide notices, student and faculty organizations, guest-lecture series, academic publishers, and the alumni association constantly hitting me up for money despite still technically being a student, I get around fifty …

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Pop Quiz: Cell Phones In The Classroom

Howdy, everyone my name is JoDee and I am new to these here parts. I am not sure why I am typing with a western accent like I am some old school cowgirl. Actually, I am a college educator in physics and astronomy so the only thing I wrangle are …

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Pop Quiz: Should kids be learning to code?

“Our society is increasingly technological in nature. School curricula must be changed to reflect this reality by teaching all children to code, lest they be left by the wayside in our modern world.” We’ve all heard this argument in some form or another. Is this really a good argument, though? …

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The President of McGraw-Hill Higher Ed Wants a Complete Transition to Ebooks by 2015: Is He a Visionary or Just High?

That’s a long title, sorry. I’m also sorry for taking a School of Doubt sabbatical with a couple of snow days and some personal time combined with a bit of sick leave. But I am back with you now, doubters! Shall we do some doubting together? Remember when this happened? …

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Pop Quiz: Paper is Dead

Hey there, Doubters! Just a quick one from me today I’m afraid. I wanted to go back to a topic that I (and some of my fellow writers) have touched upon previously; namely the use of personal electronic devices in the classroom. However, today I’m specificlaly interested in discussing e-readers. …

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Pop Quiz: And Then I Shot a Guy in the Face and it was AWESOME.

You might have noticed that a particularly popular video game was released a few weeks ago. It features cars and guns and crime and torture and a whole whack of stripper-based misogyny. It’s ostensibly for adults and, in the UK at least, comes with a legal age rating which means …

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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: How can we use games in education?

In 1989, my father (very astutely) determined that computers would be the way of the future in his profession and in the world at large, and so one day he came home with a brand spanking new IBM PS/2, our family’s first ever personal computer. It was a day filled …

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Pop Quiz: 3-D Printers in Schools

There has been more than a bit of buzz around 3-D printing in the last few years. This technology promises to revolutionize manufacturing on small scales, in the way 2-D printing made it easier to run ones own business from home. It also has promise for educators and students, especially …

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