Category Archives: Academics

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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Civics Instruction…free and fun!


Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman Supreme Court Justice here in the U.S.  She was appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and she retired from the bench in 2006.  Justice O’Connor’s appointment to the bench … Continue reading

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In Defense of Homework


I’ve been reading quite a few anti-homework articles lately.  Is this something new?  Have I just been missing it?  It seems like in the blink of an eye we went from everyone being pro-flipping the classroom (with its requisite video-watching … Continue reading

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Bizarro World: Is Algebra Necessary?


I had a whole other post planned for today, but it got bumped because yesterday I, like many of you, read the strangest op/ed piece that I think I’ve ever read in the NY Times.  And that’s saying something.  In … Continue reading

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