Opinion
Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding
The “teach kids to code” movement has many thinking that computer science is just coding. Often the two are conflated since coding is definitely the most visible component of computer science. It is the magic that turns ideas into products; it provides the motivation to learn computer science. Kids want to learn so they can make cool stuff that is meaningful to them. However computer science goes...
 

Opinion
Are schools really wasting money on computers?
During the past few years, I have closely followed the education studies published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Overall, I find great significance in their findings. However, I was discouraged when I saw recent news articles coming out of the OECD’s latest report on the use of computers in school.
 

Opinion
100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom
Seventeen months ago, I made my first flipped learning video. And then, unexpectedly, it happened: I crossed the century mark. That is to say, I made my hundredth video. What have I learned along the road between one and one hundred?
 

Opinion
Of MOOCs and Men
"I don’t believe that there is any longer a question that MOOCs can teach people how to do stuff. I think that much is now quite clear, and the data is voluminous, especially given Coursera’s success with their Specializations.
 

Opinion
How Games Can Extend Learning After the Bell
"A good learning game has the potential to engage high-order cognitive thinking for long periods of time. After all, children play games like Minecraft and Little Big Planet for hours because they're mentally engaging and satisfying. 'Extending learning beyond the classroom is something middle school teachers asked us for,' recalled Leites. 'That was a major design goal.'"
 

Opinion
Smart Libraries Will Power the Transition to Personalized Learning
"Smart libraries hold the potential to make Netflix-like content recommendations based on student outcomes or faculty preferences. Selected materials can then be pushed to the appropriate course site via the LMS.