Category Archives: education and technology

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow: should educational technology become an academic discipline?

This week the Future Trends Forum explores the idea of turning educational technology into an academic discipline. On Thursday, September 15th, from 2-3 pm EDT, I’ll be joined by professor Edward Maloney, from Georgetown University’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. An … Continue reading

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Portrait of a technology-using professor in 2016

Derek Bruff just launched a podcast about teaching with technology, called Leading Lines (and if you don’t know Derek, you should.  He’s brilliant, thoughtful, and the world’s guru for teaching effectively with clickers).  Leading Lines is aimed at present-day teaching, … Continue reading

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Disciplining educational technology

Earlier this month I met with several dozen people at Georgetown University to discuss an unusual question: should educational technology become an academic discipline?  Carl Straumsheim wrote up a fine account, not to mention the bits where he interviewed me. … Continue reading

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Teenagers 3d printing local history: technology, pedagogy, and inspiration in Vermont

Recently I was invited to help judge a 3d printing contest for my state’s middle and high schools.  So this past Friday I drove across and down the Green Mountains to Randolph, where Vermont Technical College is based.  It was an exciting … Continue reading

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Automation in spring 2016: two glimpses of the future of technology and education

Two reports crossed my feeds recently, each concerning the intersection of automation and humans.  Taken together, they give insights into some ways education and automation may interact. I’m not talking about Google’s spectacular triumph at having an AI win at … Continue reading

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Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study

Most American professors generally avoid digital materials, according to a new study.  A minority are interested, but the majority prefer traditional (print) materials, with powerful implications for the intersection of technology and higher education.  Put another way, the classroom use … Continue reading

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