course organization

Canvas doesn’t make it easy to structure a course like this. Consider this a work in progress as we have only been using Canvas for a few semesters. The course is organized in Modules that are sequentially numbered in the order they are due. Each Module is introduced on the course Home page as it is the “current” module for the next due date. There is a link to the Module header. The “next” page in the Module  is the Assignments page for the module that describes all the activities. Use the next / previous buttons to step through the … Continue reading course organization

students of the future

© Video – Educause Students of the Future. CC-BY The video is a good conversation starter. Some of the ideas are easy to implement. There are thousands of free online courses in every subject from highly regarded institutions. Other ideas are exceedingly difficult. For example, there is considerable reluctance to accept badges and other non-traditional credentials as “proof” of competence. It isn’t clear how this will be resolved anytime soon. Continue reading students of the future


Teaching Resources | CMC – California Mathematics Council online resources were selected as examples of sites that are available online for educators to use to find lesson ideas, online projects, movie clips, and/or interactive games/activities to use Math Resource Reviews tap into the most powerful feature of OER: the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials. Inside Mathematics Collection Resources | OER Commons Illustrative Mathematics Collection Resources | OER Commons Washington OER Project | OER Commons The OER Project is creating a collection of openly licensed courseware and engaging in an awareness campaign to inform school districts about these resources. … Continue reading oer

the enemy is us…

Introduction to Open Education The Next Battle for Openness: Data, Algorithms, and Competency Mapping There is an another issue that is impacting the perception of “openness”. EdX and Coursera MOOCs are equated with “openness”. If this is what you get with “open” then many people will fail to see how this is special. What participants in the this and most other “open” courses composed of Open Educational Resources (OERs) experience is little more than the digital version of a traditional college course. In this case, the videos are short 5-7 minutes with two white guys talking to each other and … Continue reading the enemy is us…


Home · Thunkable Docs “Thunkable is platform where anyone can build their own mobile apps without having to code. Available on Android and iOS. Compatible with MIT App Inventor, features Material Design, Artificial… Winners of the 2017 High School App Building Challenge The challenge: Build an app that solves a local problem in your community. Applicants were evaluated on three categories: Ability to solve a local problem Innovativeness Design and functionali… Drag and Drop Mobile App Builder for iOS and Android “Build your own apps. Coding is hard. So we designed a platform where anyone can build apps, without … Continue reading appdev

Google Code-in (GCI)

Sugar Labs will be participating in Google Code-in (GCI) Spread the word about the contest among educators so that we can reach out to as many potential participants as possible (the contest is open to 13-17 year olds). GCI is a great opportunity to recruit new talent into the community. Details out the contest are available at [1]. The Sugar Labs page describing our participation is at [2]. ​About Sugar​ ​[image source] [1] [2] ​..sample post by mail​ Continue reading Google Code-in (GCI)


Developing Students’ Ability to Give and Take Effective Feedback Giving feedback is a life skill or should be considered to be one. In the Learning Literacies, ShareIt is one of the six. If we are suggesting that kids share their work, we should also introduce the idea of others finding and using the work. “On the shoulders of giants” may be an overstatement, but if the work is out there, someone may have ideas to challenge the work or improve it. This thoughtful, productive review and collaborative process can be taught and a classroom setting is the idea environment to … Continue reading feedback