By By THE LEARNING NETWORK This word has appeared in 337 New York Times articles in the past year.

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By Matt Reed

Boundary confusion.

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By GradHacker

Or on getting awful advice

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By Joshua Kim

Why I must be causing the spinning wheel of death.

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By Eric Anthony Grollman

Bringing activism and higher education together.

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By John Warner

Without legislative meddling, I would’ve missed something special.

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By G. Rendell

Sometimes the truth is just too simple.

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By Beth Holland

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland talks about stretching the Chromebooks platform and breaking out of the box to help students unleash their creativity with a different approach to the tools they were already using.

Despite what Apple and Microsoft would like for us to believe, there isn’t always “an app for that.” Sometimes, it takes multiple tools to complete a process, and this idea becomes abundantly clear when working with mobile devices. As Greg Kulowiec says in his blog:

While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process. This leads us to App Smashing. . . the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.

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By By JENNIFER CUTRARO

In this lesson, students explore the science behind nutrition and disease — how strong are the connections between diet and conditions such as heart disease, obesity and even cancer?

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By By THE LEARNING NETWORK For the next 10 days we will be honoring each of the Top 10 winners of our Student Editorial Contest by publishing an essay a day, in the order of submission. Up first, a piece by Brody F.

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Doug Belshaw,

April 23, 2014


If you’re wondering, Facebook knows pretty much everything about you. Which takes us back once again to the discussion of public spaces and private places. I remember writing about this in 2000, but it wasn’t ereally much of an issue back then. But today, with surveillance, clampdowns on public demonstration, and all the rest of it, it is becoming much more so. Doug Belshaw writes: “Public spaces should be public and commonly-owned. Perhaps it’ s time for governments to stop fawning over billionaires with technical skills and start providing services for all of us. Maybe instead of dismantling the state to allow for private profit, we can use technology to create a more egalitarian and just society.” (p.s. don’t bother with David Eggers; novelizations are not evidence, and shouldn’t be cited as a way “to dig a little deeper”).

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Tressie McMillan Cottom.,
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April 23, 2014


Insightful post about the role and use of hashtags. It’s relevant because of the widespread use of hashtags in learning. Hashtags were (and are) produced not by individuals or corporations, but by communities. Though commonly associated with Twitter, they existed before Twitter monetized them, and would continue to exist even after the company discontinues their use (as some carefully placed ‘rumours’ have suggested). But in the spirit of ‘there is utterly nothing that commerce does not foul’ the discussion over hashtags has turned to their exploitation (by news and other content agencies) and they ownership (by the people who really created them but who are missing out on the exploitation). It’s actually a pretty common phenomenon; hashtags are just the latest victim. #Jazz #Rap #MOOC

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By Andrew Miller

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.

Both project-based learning and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21st-century skills, both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving. They are not exactly the same, but teachers can easily connect to them to teach not only STEAM content and design challenges, but also authentic learning and public, high-quality work. In fact, many know that STEAM education isn’t just the content, but the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists and technological entrepreneurs. Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other as you deliver instruction.

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Carolyn Thompson,
Houston Chronicle,
April 23, 2014


A Gates-funded startup is shutting down over privacy and security concerns. “The nonprofit’s goal was to give educators a data-based tool to personalize instruction. InBloom, based in Atlanta, offered to store and synthesize student data, such as grades, disciplinary actions and disability records in cloud-based servers.”

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Doug Peterson,
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April 23, 2014


This interview with Donna Fry gives you a sense of what it’s like to teach and learn in northern Ontario, and insight into some of the work being undertaken to support that, including OSSEMOOC. “We need to help school and system leaders build capacity, and connections. They need to have a good understanding of educational technology, but they also need to know who to consult with before making decisions. So with #OSSEMOOC, we are trying to build that capacity and those connections.”

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Doug Peterson,
doug – off the record,
April 23, 2014


This interview with Donna Fry gives you a sense of what it’s like to teach and learn in northern Ontario, and insight into some of the work being undertaken to support that, including OSSEMOOC. “We need to help school and system leaders build capacity, and connections. They need to have a good understanding of educational technology, but they also need to know who to consult with before making decisions. So with #OSSEMOOC, we are trying to build that capacity and those connections.”

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Various authors,
Open Access Button,
April 23, 2014


This is a nifty idea: “Every time you hit a paywall blocking your research, click the button. Fill out a short form, add your experience to the map along with thousands of others. Then use our tools to search for access to papers, and spread the word with social media.” Here’s the associated crowdfunding press release.

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Various authors,
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April 23, 2014


This is a nifty idea: “Every time you hit a paywall blocking your research, click the button. Fill out a short form, add your experience to the map along with thousands of others. Then use our tools to search for access to papers, and spread the word with social media.” Here’s the associated crowdfunding press release.

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By By KATHERINE SCHULTEN

What are your favorite video games? What do you think they have taught you? Do you think video games can help inspire social change? Have you ever played one that helped you understand a serious global problem?

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By By KATHERINE SCHULTEN

What are “sneakerheads”?

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By By SCOTT MATTHEWS Can you calculate the approximate percentage of Martin Brodeur’s wins as goalie for the New Jersey Devils that were shutouts?

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By Colleen Flaherty

Graduate student workers in the U. California System say they’ve agreed on contract language establishing gender-neutral bathrooms and lactation stations as rights.

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By Colleen Flaherty

The case of a Rutgers U. philosophy professor accused of sexually assaulting a man with cerebral palsy raises questions about a controversial communication method much debated by disability studies scholars.

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By Doug Lederman

  • William Childs, interim provost at Frostburg State University, in Maryland, has been promoted to provost and vice president for academic affairs there.
  • Michael Elbe, vice president for student services at John Wood Community College, in Virginia, has been promoted to president there.

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By Carl Straumsheim

As the ed-tech investment community gathers at the Education Innovation Summit for a fifth year, some attendees are growing impatient about the lack of results.

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By By THE LEARNING NETWORK This word has appeared in 36 New York Times articles in the past year.

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By Matt Reed

How to reach significant numbers of adjuncts.

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By Joshua Kim

Thoughts on managing the surfing student.

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By Liz Homan

5 Strategies for Increasing Accessibility

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By Steven Mintz

New instructional support models.

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