Digital Learning Design

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

The phrase was coined by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Aside from writing a number of novels and serving as the editor of Le Figaro, he was a former teacher, known for his keenly satirical tone and bitter wit, and loved educational reform and going fishing. Go figure. I was recently sent a folder of instructional documents that [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:38+00:00 May 20th, 2016|

Transforming Rich OER Into Instructional Music Will Take More Than a Kazoo

OER sometimes looks like millions of random musical notes at its most granular level. They can be organized in many different ways by different practitioners to create entirely different songs...and at times, some projects choose to do a bit of assembly and organize the notes into certain kinds of songs or sheets of pre-constructed music to lend more structure and focus. I find this [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:38+00:00 April 13th, 2016|

We Snuck A Teacher Into SXSW.Edu This Year

We were only two hours in, yet Sarah and I had already hustled through the exhibitor floor, meandered in the Playground, created LED-light up clouds in a Makers Space session, and caught half a panel discussion on Competency-Based assessment. Now on the hunt for coffee, my 4th grade teacher companion, sporting a Canvas LMS tattoo sleeve, and Kahoot stickers proclaimed, "Wow, this is so different than any other conference." [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:38+00:00 March 11th, 2016|

Launching the World’s Largest OER Collection… Yeah, That Just Happened.

Perhaps nobody told you, but over 1.35 million objects from the Smithsonian's 19 museums, 9 major research centers, and the national zoo have been recently released and combined with custom tools to support rich, digital learning around the globe using the largest treasure trove of historical assets in the world. Somewhere between 9 and 10am EST on a chilly Thursday [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:39+00:00 November 24th, 2015|

College & Career Ready Doesn’t Come Easy in LA High Schools

Increasing access to educational opportunities that are truly College and Career Ready is a tall order...particularly in the nation's 2nd largest school district. However, for those prepared to roll up their sleeves and wade deep into rooms of teachers looking to legitimately analyze and examine their curricular approaches from basic assignments to key assessments, good things can happen. Coaching teams of [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:39+00:00 October 12th, 2015|

New Online PD Tools Beg for New Content Approach

Today we've launched an exciting new set of online professional development authoring tools within our education platform Cartographi. That was the easy part; the program content on the other hand presents a more complex set of issues.   It is always exciting to move from the initial project planning on the whiteboard to then months later launching out a whole new [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:39+00:00 July 6th, 2015|

Shifting to Digital Learning Requires a Real Shift in Tools

Blended learning starts with moving learning activities into a digital environment where students can access independently from the regular classroom delivery process. But that's just the beginning. For years, we have been examining the steps by which effective teachers organize, construct, deliver, and support learning through the process of selecting viable learning objects, materials, creating supporting instruction, verbal guidance and [...]

By | 2017-05-25T22:28:39+00:00 February 12th, 2015|