The Online Community

The learning that takes place with people you've never met is quite a unique experience. Currently I'm enrolled in a graduate class from Athabasca University. The course is called Human Factors in Distance Education. It's project based which I prefer but it's unusual in that most of the students are not educators. We're developing a ...… Read the rest

Rattling my chains

I heard Alfie Kohn speak this morning. He raised some interesting issues regarding grading and teaching in general. His basic premise is that extrinsic rewards are in direct conflict with intrinsic rewards and thus students will work towards a grade rather than towards learning and the love of it. If our collective long term goal ...… Read the rest

Weird and yet engaging

We all know the internet is a weird place. Here are two very odd sites that I came across recently. One is called Nobody Here. I can't really figure it out but it's quite captivating. I'd like to know what others think about this one. The other one I believe has some mathematical usefulness. ...… Read the rest

Personal, portable computers for everyone

How long before everyone has some type of wireless portable computer. MIT is currently working on developing a laptop for under $100. The intent is to provide 3rd world countries with technology. A High School in Arizona is replacing textbooks with laptops. Every student gets a laptop and the cost isn't going to be ...… Read the rest

Let’s get this right!

The power of the internet is hard to understand sometimes. Working with students at King George on Wednesday, they were determined to achieve perfection. As we were shooting segments for their news broadcast, they kept wanting to redo scenes over and over again. I finally had to tell them we only have so much ...… Read the rest