Tag Archives: High School

The Onerous Process of Technology Acquisition

I proudly and regularly share in my PhD classes that I was a teacher for ten years in inner-city public schools. I draw on my teaching experiences to analyze articles in educational research journals, and I remember my classroom as a fun and inspiring place for me to be. I do not, however, often remember […]

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Calibrating the Mechanics of Games with the Realities of Students

One of the principles of good educational game design is that you want the actions that players take through your game to meaningfully align with the game’s learning goals. A good rule of thumb is that if you could swap out your game’s topic or narrative with something else, then the mechanics likely only superficially […]

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Inside the Cardinal and Gold Curtain: Embracing Opportunities for College Access

Improving college access and opportunity for students of low income and historically underserved groups depends on the adults in their lives and the tenacity of the individual students to take risks those adults may or may not encourage them to pursue. How the student learns what choices are available and the certain realities leading to […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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Hot Days in Hawaii

As I sit here in an air conditioned coffee house sipping a refreshingly cool iced tea, I think of all of the K-12 teachers and students right now who don’t find themselves in such comfortable working conditions. The weather is hot right now, really hot! The air temperature is 90 degrees, but with high humidity […]

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Social Media and Technology in Schools–What We Can Learn from Sex Ed

I recently grabbed dinner with an educator interested in pursuing a PhD.  Before talking about preparing for graduate programs, we shared stories about our experiences teaching.  She told one story about social media, however, that bothered me. The middle school where she first taught banned all forms of social media by students on school property. […]

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Remembering What’s FAIR

Not too long ago, I wandered into my old elementary school.  In the auditorium were murals of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.  A few blocks away, a park had a mural of Filipino American activist Philip Vera Cruz.  All of this to remind kids (and a few adults) that history was made by many people, including […]

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Social Media: Academic Freedom for Whom?

One of my professors recommended that I meet with one of her undergraduate students because we shared similar research interests. I met her at a coffee shop on campus.  It seems natural– the second year PhD student sharing experiences with an undergraduate student planning to apply to a doctoral program. We indeed discussed our similar […]

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Mergers and Aquisitions

It’s March 2011. California’s next governor calls a morning news conference to make a stunning announcement: The Apollo Group’s University of Phoenix will pay $2.3 billion to buy the California State University system. “The previous administration left us with few alternatives,” explains the new governor, who won election on a campaign pledge to end California’s […]

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Book Review: The Tyranny of Meritocracy

I read this and you don’t need to. I approached this book with a great deal of anticipation.  The idea of “merit” is an important notion in American higher education, and Lani Guinier is one of our country’s most thoughtful legal scholars.  The concise 160 page book is also published by Beacon Press so I […]

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