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Your weekend in video: 3 Hangouts to watch now

March 28, 2014 by

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a project manager, a policy analyst, and an astronaut walk into a bar… You know what? Never mind. It isn’t very funny — but it is fascinating. And if you are all caught up on Cosmos (because Neil. deGrasse. Tyson. am I right?), here are three Hangouts on … Read More …

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Thanks for the pictures, Internets.

January 21, 2014 by

This blog has been pretty quiet lately — our apologies (or maybe “you’re welcome”…take your pick). Last week was “Copyright Week“, at least according to some; despite being late to the party, we wanted to say thanks to JD Hancock for thanking us for our editing and re-using his photo. For free. Without asking. We … Read More …

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Virtual labs, maker spaces, and hands-on science

January 8, 2014 by

A few days ago, I read a piece on promising new developments in virtual labs (“Massive, open, online…lab experiments?” | The Boston Globe). The proposed “iLabs” join many other good, free, online virtual labs and simulations — the Indian government’s Virtual Labs and University of Colorado’s PhET simulations among them. Add to these the “citizen science” … Read More …

Flying Dodos, Super History, and Saylor.org

October 30, 2013 by

If you haven’t heard of Flying Dodos, we wouldn’t blame you — after all, they only launched early this morning. We’re sponsoring their SuperHistory DodoFrame – a long-ish name that describes an interactive, embeddable HTML5 widget that puts the first appearances of comic book superheroes on a timeline with the historical events that helped inspire their … Read More …

Defending the Honor of Online Education

October 25, 2013 by

At first glance, the poll numbers don’t look very good. I’m not referring to the latest review of any politician, I’m looking at a number of recent surveys from college students, faculty, employers, and the general public concerning the quality and credibility of online education.