Choosing the right digital tool for the educational job

With so many social media platforms, so many mobile formats, and so many gaming options out there, where does an innovative online instructor begin? That was the central question I addressed this month along with a team of colleagues at a sold-out event hosted by the Research Triangle Area chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. My […]

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Google is the new Microsoft Word

Injecting college courses with computer technology feels like a new — and potentially disrupting — trend. But it’s not something that only just emerged. Long before the buzz behind online degrees and massive open online courses, faculty started integrating and then requiring the use of Microsoft Office software to complete assignments. We take it for […]


The digital assignment: 4 tips from NMC ’12 to get students more engaged

“I hate being educated, but I love to learn.” Joichi Ito, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, had plenty of memorable statements from his keynote during last month’s New Media Consortium Summer Conference. But that quote was the one that seemed to resonate among conference attendees tweeting and sharing their observations. And why not? It’s a […]

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The Ken Burns effect meets the new media format

For a man who speaks so eloquently in off-the-cuff remarks, Ken Burns’ response to a question about social media and web communications initially came off as kind of pithy. Burns’ reply, which I heard in person during last month’s Bryan Series lecture in Greensboro, was the kind of curmudgeon dismissal you’d expect from someone who traffics in […]

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Where words sometimes fail, motion graphics succeed

Infographics are everywhere, covering everything from space missions to internet connectivity to depletion of natural resources to the relative trustworthiness of beards. They’re so colorful, clean and (sometimes) cute, it’s easy to forget the original purpose of the infographic — to convey complex information. Yes, they can be pretty to look at, but stare at […]


Make Facebook Your Friend: expanding the classroom with social media

Like it or not, 95 percent of college students use Facebook, usually for several hours each week. More than half use Twitter. You can resist that trend, banning laptops in class. But why not leverage the force of social media for educational good? That’s the central question I posed to higher education faculty and technology […]

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5 Examples of Twitter’s Classroom Value

Teenagers use it for hours to gossip; therefore the phone is a shallow and useless technology that only promotes narcissism. That’s a pretty ridiculous standard for judging a communications platform. It’s like saying television can’t show good dramas because “Two and a Half Men” was a hit. Yet that’s the unfair criteria often leveled against […]


Professional development online: benefits and drawbacks

Every two years, thenumber of transistors on a computer chip doubles. This trend has roughly held true for the past 50 years and is expected to continue for decades. It even has a name in computer science circles: Moore’s Law, coined by the Intel co-founder who predicted this staggering rate of innovation in the size, […]

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