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Mandela, Alzheimer’s and the Right to Code

I have been wanting to mark Mandela’s passing with an addition to my digital footprint. I am terrible at maintaining a journal – so Facebook offers a quick way to document major milestones in my life. But I have been stumped as to how a Facebook post could possibly acknowledge the enormous impact Mandela had […]

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The Digital Bookshelf of an Assistant Professor

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is one of my favorite plays. At the beginning of the story, Faustus, surrounded by countless dusty tomes, declares that he has read everything about everything. I’m not sure what it says about me (especially given Faustus’ fate), but I frequently think about that scene. I read a lot. I eagerly […]

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Lofty Aspirations, Harsh Realities

A group of four students sit huddled around a lunchtime table at a Los Angeles high school close to USC. It’s the middle of fourth period. I’m zipping through the quad after just finishing a fast-paced playtest session of the new game we’ve been developing with our collaborators from USC’s Game Innovation Lab. The new […]

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Digital Literacy—The New Frontier

My children attend a no-tech school. It’s no-tech not because of an articulated philosophy shunning all things digital, but rather because it’s a charter school and they don’t have the funds to provide computers in the classrooms. I actually love the “old-school” student-centered, constructivist approach they have been exposed to. The teachers are so creative […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Lifelong Literacies

I’ve been thinking about writing (and reading) in the 21st century and the emphasis higher education has begun to place on pre-K–20 college preparation. But I’ve also been thinking about online writing (and reading), and the public policy dialogue that propagates the separation of paper-based and online literacy education. Perhaps if we—as researchers—begin to put […]

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At the Movies: American Teacher

When we think of teachers today we tend to think of incompetence. The New Yorker had a devastating article about teachers in New York City’s “rubber room” who clearly should have been fired; because of union rules they got their salary to sit in a room and twiddle their thumbs all day because they could […]

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Top Education Blogs

Earlier this month, I was talking with my new research assistant, Daniel Almeida, about the best education blogs. Here are a few he recommended … Free Technology for Teachers The name says it all. This blog is refreshing in that it gives practical advice, resources, and lesson plans for teachers to infuse technology in the classroom. […]

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The Prose and Con of Supporting Bad Teachers

A teacher parks in the parking lot and walks into the school. The principal pulls in behind him, notices a bumper sticker that says “Gay rights are fair rights” on the teacher’s car, follows him into the building and says, “I saw your bumper sticker. We can’t have that around here. You’re fired.” A child […]

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At the Movies I: The Cartel—Two Thumbs Down

by Bill Tierney At least the graphics and background music in Waiting for Superman were professionally done. In The Cartel we have another documentary about schools made by a reporter, Bob Bowden; this time the storyline is largely about New Jersey public schools. Early on in the movie he gives us a voiceover that what […]

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Leaders need to get their priorities straight

by Randy Clemens Failure is an option and students don’t matter in the Los Angeles Unified School District. That’s the message Los Angeles’ city leaders are sending. Consider some numbers: LAUSD officials sent over 5,000 Reduction in Force (RIF) notices to teachers and staff. The district faces a $400 million deficit. John Deasy, the future […]

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