Category Archives: Academics

3-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core


I really enjoyed this simple (and, I thought, elegant) explanation of why the Common Core State Standards are important! See what you think….

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Who is Education’s Customer?


Today I attended a session about the relationships between business and education. The session was put on by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a non-profit group that does really good work in my state to improve education on the … Continue reading

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Who are these people who are against learning facts?


Originally posted on Webs of Substance:
Nuancio: Who are these people who are against learning facts? Didacticus: Well, there’s quite a few. There’s Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard, Howard Gardner who said, “when the answers to factual questions…

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What I’ve Learned about the Common Core State Standards and Educational Apps


Today I wrote a blog piece for Balefire Labs about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and educational apps. Over the past few months I’ve been doing a ton of aligning apps to the CCSS and I wanted to share … Continue reading

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Can Video Games Make You Smarter?


Have you guys heard about the YouTube channel ASAP Science? Every week they post a short, animated video about some scientific concept. It’s a bit “pop-sciency,” but I like it a lot. The videos are entertaining and cite scientific research … Continue reading

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When is Enough, Enough in Education?


This post was written by Dr. Aubrey Daniels and originally appeared on his blog, Aubrey’s Blog. It is reposted here, with his permission and my appreciation. ________________________________________________________________ On NPR this week I heard a report of a study on teacher … Continue reading

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Are MOOCs and Competency-Based Learning on a Collision Course?


Let’s just be clear: Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) and Competency-Based Learning (CBL) are not the same thing. They both claim to be “personalized” learning, but that personalization is expressed in completely different ways. In the case of the MOOC, the … Continue reading

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My First MOOC!


Seems like I’ve been having a lot of interesting firsts lately…my first EdCamp last week, my first zip lining a few weeks ago (it was fun!) and now my first MOOC. For those new to  the term (which hopefully isn’t … Continue reading

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Creativity and Basic Skills in Education


Creativity is a complex subject. To say the least. It’s also a topic that creates a great deal of conflict. I’ve been thinking about creativity for a long time as it applies to learning and education. I’m not really sure that … Continue reading

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Competency Education…I Think I’m in Love


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