Outsourcing, EdTech, and 1986

Outsourcing education doesn't look like robots taking over our classes. It happens when we willingly turn over the tasks of teaching to machines without thinking through implications or repercussions thoroughly. Computers are really good at a lot of things. Media companies are also really good at a lot of things. When the two really teamedRead More

Digital Teaching and Learning is Great (Until It’s Not)

The nuances of digital teaching and learning are often lost on Twitter and off-the-cuff blogs. Posts long enough to explore some of the finer points of teaching and learning today are often skipped over as being “too academic” or “too heady.” Nope, those posts aren’t written for teachers “in the trenches.” I’ve moved fully intoRead More

Introducing: Endnote Generator Add On

A year ago, I posted a script which converts footnotes in a Google Doc into endnotes. I've gotten great comments and feedback and have made the standalone script better, which is still available. The Endnote Generator Add-On is now available in the Chrome Web Store for Docs. Install it once and you'll be able toRead More

The Education Freeconomy Gobbles Up Another

Free in education is a big deal. Don't bother mentioning paid apps in front of teachers because you'll lose the group. Last year, we saw Geddit close it's doors. This year, there are two notables closing shop before the fall: Curriculet and Snagit for Chrome. The two are in slightly different boats but they're closingRead More

Transparency Matters

Some backstory. A month ago I wrote about Geddit going out of business this summer. I mentioned another response-system app, Kahoot!, which has exploded over the last few months. Specifically, I called out their Terms of Service (TOS) which states that any content a user uploads gives Kahoot! a royalty-free license, yada yada yada. WithRead More

Let’s Forget EdTech in 2013

I want to propose something crazy: I think we talk too much about education technology. I'm guilty of it, and it's been weighing on me over Christmas break. Maybe I'm projecting some of my concerns out there, but let me explain a little bit. 2012 seemed like an edtech explosion to me. Every week, IRead More