Question 39 of 365: What data points are we missing?

All of the data points matter. The ones that fit neatly inside of your daily life are just as important as the ones that lay way outside of it. The information that causes us to go forward unabated is no less valuable than the stuff that makes us cautious. The …

Question 36 of 365: How does distribution change the message?

There are new devices popping up all over that are shifting the ways in which we get our content. Blu-Ray players no longer just play the discs that the film studios produce; they connect to the internet, play music and let us rent movies from Netflix. The Boxee box creates …

Why should students come to class?

If my students can do the majority of their work with writing and reading online… If my students can receive all of their assignments online… If my students can maintain constant contact with their friends, classmates, and teachers online… If my students can create spaces to come together or work …

Evangelists for Learning

Point #1: “The people that complain are our best customers, not our worst.” –Jackie Huba In the keynote for NACOL VSS 2007: Jackie Huba, an advertising consultant and blogger, is talking about creating learning evangelists. Her idea is that word of mouth is all powerful. The students and parents that …

The Ripe Environment: The Living Examples

Today I drove nearly four hours (round-trip) in order to talk with 8 teachers from rural school districts in Colorado about blogging in the classroom. The meeting was in one of the most out of the way (and beautiful) places imaginable, Leadville. I tell you this not to rouse your …

The Ripe Environment: Connection

This is the first in a series of posts about The Ripe Environment, my thoughts on how to create a space for educators and learners to want to become better educators and learners (although, one could argue that educators and learners are or should be the same thing). The first …