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Bringing People Closer to Code

By Simon St. Laurent
September 19, 2013

When I talk with developers about what needs to change in the programming world, I frequently hear two separate sets of concerns: What can we do to make developers’ lives easier? Better tools, new techniques, and new kinds of abstraction …

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?
By Marie Bjerede
March 7, 2012

Making and education clearly go hand in hand, but how do we quantify and share the results of authentic learning without losing its essence? That's the issue educators are currently facing.

Constructionism in Educational Technology

By Scott Gray
January 11, 2012

Scott Gray expands on his previous post concerning Codecademy and the future of elearning.

School district first to permit cell phone use during standardized tests

By Dale Dougherty
June 29, 2011

(Green Onion News Network) The Harper Valley School Board recently adopted a policy that allows students to use their cell phones to search for answers on state-mandated standardized tests.

"Useractive Learning" Starts Early

By Josh Nutzman
March 17, 2011

One of my first "useractive" learning experiences happened when I was in elementary school, when my class participated in the National Geographic Kids Net acid rain project.: An OST engineer describes an early encounter with "useractive learning."

Tablets, education, and unions

Tablets, education, and unions
By Alistair Croll
October 20, 2010

Tablet computing can reverse the decline of U.S. education, but there's a side effect. Because tablets are digital, we can analyze how students learn and examine teachers' competence. It opens the question: What happens when the digital classroom challenges powerful teachers' unions?

Experimenting with Different Teaching Methodologies

By Tom Barker
August 14, 2010

Over the years as my comfort level with teaching has increased I've found that I'm growing more and more experimental in my teaching methodologies. When I first started teaching, seven years ago this August, I struggled with how to go...

Re-Evaluating How to Teach JavaScript

By Tom Barker
July 13, 2010

Last year my department brought in Douglas Crockford to do a deep dive into the advanced features and uses of JavaScript. This training had a profound impact on how I think about and use JavaScript. It also impacted how I...

Reflections on Teaching ActionScript

By Tom Barker
May 21, 2010

I've been teaching ActionScript for going on seven years now. I've been teaching JavaScript for the same amount of time but teaching ActionScript has been a different experience. Each iteration of the technology has been not only been a syntactical...

The Story of the O'Reilly School of Technology - Part 2

By Scott Gray
May 17, 2010

In this multi-part series of blog posts, I'd like to tell the story of the O'Reilly School of Technology and the new Make: Mathematics project. This is also a great opportunity for me to explain and justify our overall mission...

The Story of the O'Reilly School of Technology, and the Make Mathematics project - part 1

By Scott Gray
May 4, 2010

In this multi-part series of blog posts, I'd like to tell the story of the O'Reilly School of Technology and the new Make: Mathematics project, which is also an opportunity for me to explain and justify our overall mission and...

Four short links: 16 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 16, 2010

Government is an Elephant (Public Strategist) -- if Government is to be a platform, it will end up competing with the members of its ecosystems (the same way Apple's Dashboard competed with Konfabulator, and Google's MyMaps competed with Platial). If you think people squawk when a company competes, just wait until the competition is taxpayer-funded .... Recordings from NoSQL...

Personalizing the Learning Conversation

By Simon St. Laurent
May 5, 2009

Twenty years of change are shifting technology from top-down broadcast-model documentation and training to a more conversational approach that shrinks the social distance between teacher and learner, personalizing our experience.


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