Category Archive: Technology

The 5 Best Podcasts for Learning History

The world ain’t what it used to be. Kids don’t read anymore. Its all the parents fault. Maybe. While history is still full of great stories, they are all trapped in dusty books. But that is about to change. Podcasting has given birth to the genre-bending works of a few intrepid historians. A new generation of storytellers trying to make the way we handle history a thing of the past.


History from the Bard, or from the Scholar?

In the following podcast, the historian meets the bard. World War Two was an event that has shaped the modern world. One that deserves attention to detail, requires factual accountability but must be handled with care. Newly released on itunes, The Story Engine takes a new approach to history, it puts it back in the hands of the storyteller. Spinning dusty volumes into yarn. In this two-part story of the showdown between Hitler and Stalin, every word refers to an actual event in the war, while the imagery is fantastical. A mixture of Gothic prose, operatic crescendo and fact. History the way it should be told. History the way it was once told, but with the benefit of academic accountability. I present The Curse of the Broken Cross:

Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today

Here’s how it works. Every week, following twitterers pitch them education-related discussion topics. They choose 5 topics to go on . The topic with the most votes is then discussed Tuesdays 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST). For about an hour, English-speaking twitter-savvy educators all over the world hash it out. This casual crowd-sourced consensus-based democratic system never fails to get educators talking. Read the trade press all you want, but if you want to know what’s really going on in education, its on #edchat.

How Unsolvable Problems Solve Themselves

The word “change” comes up a lot, whether it’s popular uprisings, important elections, or the work of great leaders. Great turning points in history always seem to be marked by great events. Its tempting, even romantic, to think of change in terms of sweeping political movements, but we ought to give ourselves a little more credit. Lets face it, Ive never seen an omelet that wasn’t made out of broken eggs. Progress does not always happen in great forward strides. Often it happens despite them.

Top 10 Free Online Learning Sites

YouTube offers an enormous number of channels completely geared to education. Availing these can help develop career standards and grab a prosperous future. So, take a look at the following ten YouTube channels that can be extremely helpful for educators:

Good Speaker, Great Speaker: The Three Key Components to a Persuasive Speech

Novices can get by putting together a great plan with nice slides. More experienced speakers have a few custom tricks up their sleeve to make a good impression. But the Masters know that there are three things they need to be to bring an audience their side. Credible, Relevant and Memorable. Sound easy? Its not. That’s why we call them Masters:


1.) Convenience – You can do it from pretty much anywhere. No getting dressed, finding parking and sitting in an auditorium.

2.) Motivation- Students learn better when they are self-motivated, and online platforms force students to manage their own time and assignments.

3.) Versatility – Increased availability of free learning tools for students, such as the new school “University of the People.” 

4.) Access – Student populations who may not do well in traditional classroom settings can thrive in an online environment
5.) Price – Many new online platforms are increasingly affordable, a welcome change in higher education.

5 Myths about Video Games, Busted

It may come as no surprise that he most popular games on the market are also the most engaging for players, with complicated level structures, multi-players and challenging but attainable goals. A typical gamer can sustain several hours of uninterrupted play without losing interest; quite a different claim from that made by recent studies. It is only once the player turns the game off and interacts with the outside world that the lack of attention kicks in.

Check out the School Sucks Podcast A podcast that has inspired many of my articles. Skeptical, articulate and informed. One of the most important voices of the next generation of teachers and students.

5 Things in Education We Need a New Name For.

Words are important. If we are smart, we choose them carefully. But mostly we just repeat or recycle them. We claim words as our own original thoughts, but how often have you looked at the words you use to describe what you do?

  • “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” -Abraham Lincoln
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