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Interview on the Bill Good show on CKNW

Tomorrow at 11am (PST), I'm going to be on the Bill Good show on CKNW. They have asked me to talk because I recently presented at my school on social media for parents.

They sent me the following two articles as some background on the issue of young children using social media.

The Biobook - a nonlinear textbook

I just read an interesting article from Mashable about mobile technology in education, and it included a section on the Biobook which is a textbook arranged in a non-linear fashion. This allows someone reading the book to peruse the information in the book in the fashion which suits them, rather than the order predetermined by the textbook company. 

Gamification of education

Here's an interesting video which was shared with me by @misterlamb today.

How to solve a song by Karen Cheng

Karen Cheng demonstrates fairly convincingly that music and mathematics are linked. This video is definitely worth watching.

How could this be incorporated into the classroom? Any ideas?


TEDxKIDS@BC - Call for speakers



Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

Eli Pariser makes a great point about the dangers inherent in online "filter bubbles."

Seth Godin asks What's high school for?

Seth Godin says:

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

Dear 16 year old me

Here is an absolutely amazing video shared by Karl Fisch. Please share it with your students.


Idea: Have your grade 11 and grade 12 students create their own public service video for their 10 or 12 or 14 year old selves. 

How do you see yourself?

Venn diagram - geek, nerd, dork

(image credit: dullhunk)

Peer observation vs teacher evaluation

The basic model for teacher improvement has three assumptions.



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