Code.org’s recent video featuring tech innovators (Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg) and celebrities (Will.i.am) exhorts mainstream Muggles to learn to code. It reminded me of a discussion I had on the subject at an educational technology conference a few years ago. I was teaching a Web publishing class at the time and happened to mention that my students were not allowed… Read more →
In a class conversation on what is/isn’t research, one aspect that emerged time again was that research requires reliable sources of information. This typically implies scholarly sources such as a peer-reviewed article, and to a lesser degree, articles from reputed periodicals and newspapers. The emphasis of course, is on “reliability”. However, we now live in an era of digital creation… Read more →
Ever notice what happens when you mention “literature review” to a group of doctoral students? More often than not, brows furrow, foreheads get sweaty, eyes glaze over…you get the picture ;). I was no different, but I was bound and determined to conquer the beast!. So I did what is probably second nature to a PhD student: Researched the process… Read more →
Caveats: This is more a stream of consciousness/mind dump post at this stage; the goal is to get my initial thoughts and impressions out while they are still fresh in my mind. My first impression of AERA 2011 was of how big it was. With 33,000 participants and I suspect about 600+ presentations – the session program was a tome… Read more →
There’s been a convergence of sorts in my reading this past week. As I worked on my literature review on the role of social media in business – a SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) to be precise – two items, caught my attention: Han Rosling’s TED Talks India presentation on Asia’s rise and an article on Obama’s Mumbai trip. The former… Read more →
Prezi is the shiny, new presentation kid on the block. Its slick interface and non-linear, spatial approach to creating presentations might just be what the doctor ordered to alleviate the boredom of bullet-ridden, text-heavy, mind-numbing presentations that have become the norm. But have PowerPoint and gang really outlived their usefulness?