Who needs an actual whiteboard? Give me a light-colored wall, a mini projector, and the Luidia eBeam Edge and I can teach anywhere, anytime, in person or online.
News and analysis on IT and computing in the education sector.
Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
If rich internet applications have to start relying on HTML5 anytime soon, then a whole lot of educational content just became toast.
The library is dead...long live the library.
Out of our freak snowstorm comes a real-world test of Tuff-Luv's latest iPad case.
Except on the desktop
Yes, you can still enforce Internet content policies on iPads, even when students are at home.
Aside from "Don't fly in or out of Philadelphia International, ever" there was a lot to be learned about the state of the art in ed tech at EDUCAUSE. Some perspective on the new Pearson LMS was definitely in order.
Someday I'll sleep. For now I'm at EDUCAUSE.
Has the day of the mobile workstation finally come? Maybe...Chromebooks and MacBook Airs aren't for everyone.
I first covered ePals almost three and half years ago, highlighting the emerging safe social network and email-based collaboration tools for K12 students. Since then, we've seen them roll out a full-featured social learning platform, layer their role-based communications tools on top of Live@Edu (now Office365 for Education), and finally raise $23 million in an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange in August.
iPads in schools? Great idea, but it can't just be more of the same ol' same ol' with a veneer of tech.
This isn't about hardware. It's about price, ecosystem, and some very exciting new web tech built into the Fire's browser.
Sometimes a tool is so good, it's possible to build high-value courses around it.
Intel and Microsoft take 2 different approaches to addressing the digital divide.
A university student takes issue with my approach and brings up some great points about educational technology.