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Tutorials on Organizing OneNote

To most outside observers my notebooks, both digital and physical, are a hot mess. That's because I rarely employ tags, folders, or any of the other traditional methods used to organize a notebook. The only time I do use tags and folders is when I am working on specific research project. The rest of the time I just jot things down and then search for them later, if I need them. For me the processes of note-taking and bookmarking are largely exercises in triggering mental notes (plus, I usually write a blog post about whatever it is I bookmark or make a note about).

How Furniture and Flexible Seating Is Turning Classroom Design Into a Fad

Education eats good ideas. It boils down its best levers for change into cliches and shells of ideas. The complex is turned into checklists and clickbait.

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Measuring Learning Will Be Key to Improving It in 2018

There is a popular quote attributed to management expert Peter Drucker: “What gets measured gets improved.” In education, the mantra is equally true. However, since I began working in edtech five years ago, I have been continuously surprised by how little emphasis there is on measuring changes and progress in individual learning, especially in higher education.

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Why We Must Embrace Benevolent Friction in Education Technology

Benevolent friction—the concept of being soft on people but hard on ideas—is an approach to constructive engagement and innovation that I’ve long embraced and brought to DreamBox Learning over seven years ago. We find that benevolent friction is a catalyst for thoughtful and candid dialogue that leads to creative ideation. It’s in our DNA and has made us stronger as individual contributors, team members, and devoted shepherds of our customers’ experiences.

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. Echoing wider soul searching over technology’s polarizing role in politics and society, the education technology scene has been doing its own reckoning.

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How to Compare Information on Wolfram Alpha

As I mentioned in a blog post published over the weekend, Wolfram Alpha is useful for more than just solving math and science problems. In fact, it can be a great resource for students who need to quickly find and compare background information on two or more people, places, or things. In the following video I demonstrate how easy it is to use Wolfram Alpha to compare information about two or more people or places.

The Low-tech Research Strategies That Are Turning Around a Failing Title I School

Some school leaders turn to expensive technology and troves of data as an answer to low proficiency problems in public schools. Dr. Christy Beaird, principal at Laura Dearing Elementary School in Nevada, however, has actively applied research with minimal data collection to transform her school from one of the lowest performers in the Clark County School District to one of the highest.

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Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the One Thing it Can't Do Well

It isn’t just the tech entrepreneurs and Hollywood directors who dream about the role that artificial intelligence can play, or will play, in everyday human life—educators have begin to join them.

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Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of sunlight shining through trees and a message that reads, “Welcome to the Muse Community.”

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