Thursday, July 12, 2012

Take Out from the Opinion Drive-thru

Stanford Launches iPhone/iPad Course on iTunes

Stanford has teamed up with the social learning platform Piazza to enable students to pose questions to course instructors, other students and app developers around the world 24 hours a day. It’s a feature that on-campus Stanford students already have access to, but it’s a first for iTunesU. And it adds a whole new degree of interactivity to the iTunesU course experience.

Twitter Homework

I am wondering how many teachers around the world are preparing to write a post on the value of Twitter in the classroom. No doubt, the debate rages on, and will for years to come. For me and a small percentage of my students, it is no longer an issue. We have answered that question for ourselves and have embarked on journey together to integrate Twitter with our curriculum while trying to embrace a more “out of the classroom/school day” learning mindset.

GPS Endangers Paper Maps

Transportation departments around the country are in the middle of reprioritizing their spending amid times of falling revenue, and paper maps could be on the chopping block.

Are Open Educational Resources the Key to Global Economic Growth?

OERs are learning materials that can be accessed, used, and transformed by anyone, anywhere. Though the concept is simple, the economic potential is tremendous.

The 25 Best School Websites

Here are the criteria we kept in mind for these sites:


Ease of use



Use of technology



Google’s Spring Cleaning

Technology creates tremendous opportunities to improve people’s lives. But to make the most of them, we need to focus—or we end up doing too much and not having the impact we strive for. So last fall we started a spring clean and since then we’ve closed or combined more than 30 products.


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