Category Archives: education

How advertising ruined the rickroll

I’m currently teaching a class called Who owns you? In this class students take a critical look at the apps we use on a daily basis, and they can learn to build their own simple apps if they want. To … Continue reading

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The CyberConstitution Class

Each fall I teach an Introduction to Programming class, and it’s always fascinating to see the connections students make as they experience their first real exposure to programming. Today I introduced the concept of classes, and we ended up in … Continue reading

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The education community needs a better online discussion tool

I just finished building Educator News, and I’d like to explain a bit about why I built the site. It’s an early draft of what I want it to be, but the basic functionality is there. If you would like … Continue reading

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Interpreting the Common Core Standards “Public License”

As a teacher with strong ties to the open source software community, I view the Common Core standards with a bit of skepticism. I see many benefits to having a common set of standards, but I also see some serious … Continue reading

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How Open Can a School Be?

Applying Gittip’s “Open Company” concept to public schools Chad Whitacre, founder of Gittip, has made a name for himself recently through his commitment to running Gittip as an “open company“.  Gittip is a platform that allows people to support each … Continue reading

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Lightning Talk: Abolishing the traditional high school structure

Update: You can view the actual talk on YouTube. There is much in public education that works well; more than is often reported in the current political climate.  But there is also much about education that is done poorly.  When … Continue reading

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Dealing with Bullying: An effective approach

A Brief Story I teach math and science at a small high school in southeast Alaska, and my classroom window looks out on the playground of a kindergarten-first grade school. I have a clear view every day of the back … Continue reading

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