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A major Review of Educational Research meta-analysis reaffirms the superiority of direct instruction

It seems fashionable for educational pundits to put down direct instruction in favor of approaches described as based on the principles of constructivism (typically project based learning, problem based learning, inquiry approaches, discovery). Those objecting to direct instruction do so … Continue reading

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Is the blog dead?

This post was prompted by a related analysis appearing on the Blue Skunk blog. In his post, Doug Johnson notes that he doesn’t have the readership that he used to have. I guess my experience has been similar. My analysis … Continue reading

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Apple releases patch for some CPU exploits

Apple has released a patch that addresses some of the CPU exploits making most tech devices vulnerable to data theft.

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CPU security flaw

One of the most recent security flaws takes advantage of a CPU vulnerability. This means pretty much anything with a chip is potentially at risk. The vulnerabilities include the potential that passwords and other personal information can be stolen.┬áVarious hardware … Continue reading

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iPad and Chromebook cost of ownership

This post generated by the Minnetonka Public School proposes that iPads offer a cost advantage in comparison to Chromebooks. As of his most recent calculation, the total cost of deploying a five-year-old iPad 2 ends up being $0.38/day! Lower than … Continue reading

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Naive science

I used the concept of naive science in my last post. I find this a very useful concept and thought I would try to explain just what this means and how I see it applying in the classroom. Naive science … Continue reading

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Dangers of educator tribalism

The Internet comes with both dangers and opportunities. A major problem is the opportunity to align with a group taking a particular position supporting and strengthening erroneous personal biases. A personal bias is difficult to challenge, but a personal bias … Continue reading

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PEW notes striking findings from 2017

I follow the survey data from the PEW research center because the organization collects data on many issues I believe are important. PEW has just released a summary of the findings they thought were most striking from the surveys they … Continue reading

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Puzzlets for Dash

Hangout at my place and you are likely to find most of what is available in edtech. I describe it as Cindy’s tech lab. We have plenty of grandkids who we can watch using this technology and Cindy is still … Continue reading

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RSS – still relevant

Many Internet users never knew what RSS was or abandoned RSS in favor of easy to use recommendation platforms such as Twitter. They have given up control of what they experience online as a consequence. This post on The Verge … Continue reading

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