Analyze Primary Sources Online!

The Library of Congress has a fantastic tool online that lets students follow three basic steps to analyze primary sources: observe, reflect, and question. The tool allows students to record their responses to primary sources given by the instructor in a clean, easy-to-use format.
The process of using the tool is simple. First, students select what type of primary source they are working with from a host of options:

Capitol Words: Dig Up Data on the Words Legislators Use

Ever wondered what words our political leaders tend to use? Or how their diction is broken down by political party? Well, you can find the answers to those questions and many more at Capitol Words, an online website that digs up data on the words that legislators use. How does it work, you ask? Easy.

OER and Educational Inequality

Since Stephen Downes’ OLDaily alerted me to Justin Reich’s post earlier this month, I’ve been stewing a lot about Reich’s argument: that open educational resources may be expanding rather than erasing educational inequalities.

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: The Higher Education Bubble

Part 7 of my Top Ed-Tech Trends Series
To Uncollege
One of the most interesting people I met this year was Dale Stephens. Dale is just 19, but he’s an incredibly intelligent and poised young man.
Dale is a college dropout.

Could You Pass a High School-Level Standardized Test?

On Monday, The Washington Post ran a story of a local school board member who took his state’s version of the 10th grade standardized tests — one in math and one in reading.
Here’s how the author describes him:

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