Well Worth Watching: Losing Lena

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s time for gender equality in tech, let’s start by losing Lena. Add your voice at https://www.losinglena.com #losinglena “I failed to see this as an image of a person.” THINK ABOUT THAT. …. just an object being used to build, … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: We Don’t Trust Course Evaluations, but Are Peer Observations of Teaching Much Better?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why colleges and universities that claim to take teaching seriously need a comprehensive and fair system of evaluating it. EXACTLY. But, as always seems to happen, the same teaching technique inspired completely contradictory reactions. For example, while I don’t show … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Opinion | Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Excellence is not a zero sum game. I’ve been saying this for YEARS! Source: Opinion | Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s? I’ve been saying this for years! This is a big part of what I address in the essays of … Continue reading

What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong – and how to fix it.

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Source: What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong (G)rading policies—which appear to be an objective, fair, and accurate method to describe a student’s academic performance—often increase achievement gaps by infusing grades with teachers’ implicit biases or by rewarding or punishing students … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class So much for the benefits of banning cellphones. I don’t think banning things ever solves anything. Let’s foster respect, courtesy, tolerance, and help them learn the … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Making Sure Yours is not a ‘Pointless Exercise’

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Not a ‘Pointless Exercise’ Briefly, Martini noticed that her students didn’t seem to get the connections she had hoped they would on the assignments she gave, and wondered if it would make a difference if she made those connections explicit. … Continue reading

Has Gamification Jumped the Shark?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Badges, Points, and Leader-boards, oh my! I’m working on a book – a series, actually – about gamifying learning, only lately, I’ve really been struggling with the term itself. GAMIFICATION Hmmmm. It just doesn’t seem to fit anymore. Is that … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes THIS is why my version of “gamification” is so important. The Most Important Skill of Today? Source: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century   Not making room for play in modern adult life is a strategic … Continue reading