The Case Against Common Core

by Marty Crossland on May 17, 2015

I recently discovered this eye-opening, might I even say jaw-dropping lecture where a very knowledgeable speaker, Dr. Duke Pesta, challenges all the commonly quoted “wisdom” about common core in public education. He exposes is for what it is, using the very language of its creators and erstwhile proponents. It’s long (over 2 hours) but well worth the time invested to better understand and better argue against this destructive set of mechanisms which has been foisted upon our public schools.

One commonly held notion he debunks is that these standards were developed by representatives of state governor offices. As you’ll see, and the speaker thoroughly documents everything, nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s really the result of crony capitalism deals between the federal Department of Education and large publishers of educational materials. The so-called standards had absolutely no involvement by school teachers, administrators, or anyone else with any professional background in teaching or education!

Be sure and watch all the way to the end, where he exposes some of the shocking content, as well as the corrupt processes, of common core.

And for good measure. please listen to this one-hour lecture by another insightful college professor and author, Dr. Terrance O. Moore, as he describes his research on Common Core to an audience at Hillsdale College in Washington D. C.. He has recently written a book on the topic, entitled, “Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls.”



Tragedy AND Hope in Detroit

by Marty Crossland on November 13, 2013

As I’m sure many other Americans have felt, I have been really saddened by the continued bad news about Detroit, Michigan. I remember when I was a teenager, Detroit was a hub of manufacturing, cool automobiles, and culture-shaping music. Henry Ford first capitalized on the assembly line manufacturing method in Detroit, which eventually became known as “the motor city.” “Motown” music was birthed and thrived there, and Detroit’s various physical and cultural products were exported around the globe.

Now, thanks to over forty years of “progressivism” in its government, the city has been devastated financially, physically, and culturally. Detroit recently became the largest city in history to declare total bankruptcy. Businesses have abandoned the city in droves. Current government estimates are that over 63% of its original population have left the city, never to return. City services are so stretched for resources that emergency services like fire and police 911 calls now routinely take over an hour to respond, and some parts of the city are so dangerous that even police officers routinely refuse to enter them. Videos of those parts look like bombed-out war zone news coverage of WWII.

Many are now pointing to Detroit as a harbinger of what is to become of the entire United States if it continues down the Progressivism path that the current administration has put us on. The unsustainable level of Federal spending, government largesse, and exponential increases in intrusive Federal control could very well turn the entire nation into another Detroit.

However, at least one new business has been birthed in the middle of Detroit’s tragedy — some may say even as a result of it. Shinola Watchmaking Company was started by an optimistic entrepreneur who saw a great opportunity for the assembly-line workforce to be employed in a similar process on a much smaller scale, making quality watches and timepieces.

Please review BOTH videos below. The first is a heart-rending report of the status of Detroit and what it may mean for the future of the U.S.  The second is an encouraging report about Shinola.

What Progressivism has Done to Detroit has done an interesting analysis of the woes that social progressivism has foisted on the city of Detroit.

Detroit Chosen for Watchmaker’s American Dream

Shinola corporation deliberately chose Detroit for building a new state of the art assembly plant.


They teach extra-mile sportsmanship in Texas!

by Marty Crossland on April 1, 2013

Wow. Another great, inspirational story about a young man with developmental disabilities. This story has THREE “Wow that’s amazing” parts.

  1. Mitchell Marcus grew up loving basketball, and at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, he got to experience it as a team manager. That would probably been cool enough to report about.
  2. But at a recent game, at the end of the season, his coach gave him a wonderful gift, and let him suit up with the team. Near the end of the game, the coach put Mitchell in to get some live play in a real game. He had even instructed the rest of his own players that, no matter whether the game’s outcome was looking like victory or defeat, Mitchell was to receive a pass to shoot at least one shot during the game. In an interview after the game, the coach stated that yes, he was willing to forego a victory to ensure Mitchell a chance at a dream play in a real game. THAT was a really cool thing for the team to do for Mitchell.
  3. However, the real “Wow” moment happened after Mitchell had actually taken several shots, and unfortunately he had missed them all. On the last attempt, a pass to Mitchell flew off his hands and went out of bounds, with only seconds remaining in the game. The opposing team took the ball out of bounds. However, the other team’s player inbounding the ball, shouted out Mitchell’s name, then passed it to HIM! Mitchell caught the pass, turned around, and made the shot. The crowd went wild!

Please watch the video report below, and be grateful along with me that young people are still learning great values like sportsmanship, individual respect, and love for their peers.




Future technology — but not too distant future (probably!)

by Marty Crossland on February 24, 2013

I was introduced to the video below through the Coursera MOOC (massive open online course) in which I am now enrolled. The course is about “E-Learning and Digital Cultures” and I, plus about 260,000 classmates (yes, it’s really that massive), have been exploring how learning intersects with past, present, and future digital technologies in our culture.

The course has asked us, the students, to consider whether past, present, and future technologies of the emerging digital culture have been or will be utopian (i.e., contributing to or even causing a “better” or “higher” culture and society) or dystopian (i.e, contributing to or even causing a “worse” or less-desireable version of culture and society). In this video, Microsoft is obviously inferring that the future appears more utopian with the new technologies. The optimist in me wants to embrace this view. However, in the course we have also explored how technology potentially has a dark side, potentially being disruptive in a negative way, giving certain privileged segments of the population unfair or even potentially oppressive power. For an example, see my earlier post about whether we should trust Google. As a university professor, I now include a review of these cautions about Google in my own courses on computer network design, security, and privacy).

I found the video below, produced by Microsoft, quite engaging and thought-provoking. I’m mainly wondering how long (or, how short) the time will be before we see most or all of them in common use in our homes, education providers, and businesses. I think you will enjoy it, too.

(6 minutes)



I am continually fascinated at the new things coming out of The American Dream Labs and television network (Dish Network satellite TV channel 212). Glenn Beck and his production company are working on the cutting edge of digital technology, news reporting, and media production.

In the segment below, Glenn discusses what he calls “second screen” technology, whereby traditional broadcast TV is combined with some amazing interactive technology on a digital tablet (e.g., an iPad) or notebook computer, to give the viewer a highly-controllable dual-screen experience. The basic concept is not uniquely new. For example, Dish Network has already built some interactive technology into its system. I notice that during some commercials, in particular, a message will pop up on the screen inviting me to press a button on my remote to view additional information about the product currently being shown. This puts the original video feed on hold while the viewer goes out to explore more information.

What makes’s second-screen approach unique is that they invert the implicit priority of the feeds. The user’s own smart device (iPad, laptop computer, etc.) actually becomes the control center for interacting with all the material, AND potentially with the production studio itself. For example, one might be able to visually explore, and even interact with the production set in real time as a live broadcast is underway.

Check out the relatvely short video below to take a quick tour of this new technology’s potential!

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I’m taking my first MOOC — Massive Open Online Course

January 22, 2013 Digital Culture

just signed up for the first MOOC I’ll have been any part of. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Several different educational consortia now offer quite a few such courses. The course I’ll be taking is E-Learning and Digital Cultures, from a team of “tutors” at Edinburgh University in the UK. A course description […]

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Visualizing human development from conception to birth

January 21, 2013 Digital Culture

n a recent TED presentation, technical/medical artist Alexander Tsiaras dazzled his audience with an amazing visual journey. Using state-of-the-art medical sensing and scanning devices, powerful computer technology, and his largely self-taught but nonetheless stunning artistic abilities, he has created an animation that documents the full development of the initial conception of a human being through his or […]

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I recently discovered The Piano Guys, and I’m hooked!

January 13, 2013 Current Culture

was recently watching a Fox News morning program recently, and they introduced a set of guests I was not familiar with at the time. They are five talented music professionals that got together “by accident” in a small music store in Utah (although I think they now believe it was divine Providence) and started making […]

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Happiness Revealed — Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

December 9, 2012 Faith and American Culture

I was moved and inspired by this TEDTalks video by Louie Schwartzberg. He has spent a lifetime producing vivid images of nature in still photography and videography. He has become an internationally-reknowned specialist in time-lapse nature photography, and his special interest is documenting the delicate and wondrous opening of hundreds, if not thousands of varieties of flowers. In this video he shares with […]

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If God Made the Universe, Why Is It The Way It Is?

September 8, 2012 Just Interesting

In the following video, astronomer and pastor Dr. Hugh Ross gives some of his personal testimony, and provides a brief history about the why he wrote the book, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is. Next he shares why he later created a video series by the same name for small-group study. In this […]

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Discussing Christian apologetics among the learned

June 3, 2012 Biblical Truth

Matt Crouch hosted a lively 2-hour discussion on the TBN broadcast this week among a panel of learned scholars. One of my strongest initial reactions to it was the civility of the tone and demeanor of the discussants. Unfortunately, these types of forums all too often quickly turn into bitter arguments laced with ad hominem […]

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Do you trust Google with your privacy? Maybe you shouldn’t.

March 25, 2012 Current Culture

I just finished reading a fairly new book by Scott Cleland titled, Search and Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google, Inc. I knew I already had personal misgivings about Google. However, this book verified and magnified my concerns. As an information systems and security technology professional, my initial misgivings were from my gut. My second […]

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Using dance in place of PowerPoint to illustrate complex concepts?

March 16, 2012 Scientific Truth

I just saw a fascinating presentation about creating more powerful presentations by NOT using PowerPoint. Indeed, the talk illustrates the point by using live dancers on the stage with the presenter to help illustrate the points of the message. The speaker, John Bohannon, is a microbiologist, and has started a contest called “Dance Your PhD,” encouraging […]

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Amazing healing for moms from fetal cells – automatically!

January 6, 2012 Scientific Truth

This article is a fascinating report that scientists are discovering that fetal cells actually migrate into the mother’s body during pregnancy. Many of these are fetal stem cells, which seem to migrate to areas of the mother’s body that may be abnormal or damaged and actually work wonderful healing activity at the site. Even more […]

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Can you imagine?

December 4, 2011 Biblical Truth

What was it like for God to observe the initial building materials of the universe, before even a single star or planet came into existence? How did He perceive the history to come, which He already fully knew? What was it like to envision a perfect future for us as imperfect beings that He created? […]

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3D Scanning on a grand scale, for grand purposes

November 13, 2011 Digital Culture

n an earlier post I wrote about the new technology of 3D printers, by which solid 3D objects can be scanned and reproduced faithfully. I just recently discovered an additional new 3D scanning technology that can scan entire archeological sites with amazing accuracy. Its inventor, Ben Kacyra, is applying it to the recording and preservation of […]

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Studying life-like but nonliving chemistry for inferences about life and how it works

November 13, 2011 Scientific Truth

t a recent TED conference, researcher Martin Hanczyc gave an intriguing report on his work of creating and studying what he calls “protocells.” He believes that these nonliving chemical packages exhibit some characteristics of living cells, and indeed that does appear to be true. At the beginning of his talk he gives a nice overview of […]

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Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

November 2, 2011 Biblical Truth

have been reading the latest book from Dr. Hugh Ross, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job. It is fascinating! Like many people, I’ve always considered Job to be primarily a treatise on patience and longsuffering. While it is indeed a profound study on how one can maintain the perspective that God is in charge no […]

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If you think YOU’ve had a rough day, talk to Doug Smith

August 19, 2011 Just Interesting

he following videos have special personal meaning to me. First of all, I grew up in the Texas panhandle, and I am a big fan of Bob Phillips’s Texas Country Reporter program, which he has been producing successfully for many years. He goes to many, many out-of-the-way places and talks to everyday people about their […]

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Ever wonder why the U.N. is so oppressive toward Israel?

July 18, 2011 Historical Truth

id you realize that the United Nations has passed more condemnation resolutions against Israel than against all of the current oppressive world regimes COMBINED? That list of oppressors responsible for murdering millions of human beings within their own borders (during recent years!) includes North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Cambodia, and China. An ominous international conference, […]

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Amazing 3D Solid Object Printers

July 13, 2011 Digital Culture

echnology continues to amaze me. Here is a short documentary about how a huge variety of working machines, tools, and other objects can be created and reproduced by a resin-based 3D printing system. Just imagine its applications for creating working models, prototypes, visual aids, and even production items for distribution. Recently I was able to observe […]

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U of Kansas researcher finds way to multiply adult stem cells

June 21, 2011 Scientific Truth

In a brilliant new discovery recently announced by the University of Kansas Medical Center in the scientific journal Stem Cells, Dr. Soumen Paul has found a promising new method of multiply a special class of adult stem cells, called “pluripotent” stem cells. According to an article on the KUMC website, “Like embryonic stem cells, pluripotent […]

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Inspiring story of our national anthem

June 14, 2011 Historical Truth

David Barton does a stirring narration of the the events that led to Francis Scott Key’s penning of The Star Spangled Banner, and the following national sentiment and proclamations whereby it eventually became the national anthem of the United States of America. Please join me in saluting and/or honoring  the Stars and Stripes on this […]

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A Rant About Customer Service vs. “Personal Security Questions”

June 14, 2011 Digital Culture

I just encountered a pet peeve of mine last night. I was asked to update my account information on my cell phone carrier’s website, and I had to set up one of those now-common sets of “secret questions” for security in order to make a change to my account. While I agree very much with […]

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Glenn Beck’s New Online Program and Network

June 11, 2011 Just Interesting

was at least somewhat saddened when I heard that Glenn Beck is ending the spectacular run of his program on Fox News Channel. It is one of the few regularly scheduled programs that I record with my DVR and watch every episode. Mr. Beck is launching a new program on September 12 in a whole […]

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David Barton interview about America’s godly heritage

June 8, 2011 Historical Truth

am a major fan of David Barton. His research into the Christian historical roots of America is amazing in its documented thoroughness and inspiring in the historical truths it has revealed. Here is a recent live interview he gave to Joni Lamb on the Celebration program (on the Daystar satellite network). He talks at some […]

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Five Minds for the Future – Howard Gardner

April 24, 2011 Teaching With Technology

Having discovered Howard Gardner’s work (Harvard University) a few years ago, particularly his theory of multiple intelligences, I have been keenly interested in following further developments in the field. I am now reading a more recent book he wrote, Five Minds For The Future. I recently discovered this interview Dr. Gardner gave for the Australian […]

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What a creative brain looks like

February 4, 2011 Scientific Truth

Here is a fascinating talk given by Dr. Charles Limb, a neurosurgeon who also happens to be a jazz musician. He has a particular research interest in how the brain works when it is being creative. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to create a picture of the brain of talented musicians as they create […]

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Hand-drawn illustration of a talk and making it a video

January 5, 2011 Digital Culture

In an earlier post, I shared Mr. Daniel Pink’s talk on his book, Drive. I discovered this additional version of the presentation. I believe it is the same audio track, but an organization named RSA has modified the video to be a very innovative, hand-drawn-on-a-whiteboard illustration of the talk. I find it fascinating for its […]

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Using free online videos for teaching and learning

November 6, 2010 Teaching With Technology

Here is a good article about how a number of higher education instructors are using freely available online video to enhance the learning experience for their students: Instructional Video for the Budget-Constrained Classroom I have similarly employed online videos that I didn’t produce myself into my own courses. Not mentioned in the article is a […]

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DRiVE: What motivates us (and our students)

June 1, 2010 Teaching With Technology

I have become quite a fan of Daniel Pink. In an earlier entry here, I shared his presentations on his book A Whole New Mind: How Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. In this entry, I want to share a recent TED presentation he made about his newest book, DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What […]

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Freedom Isn’t Free

May 31, 2010 Historical Truth

Freedom isn’t free. But I fear that an increasing number of citizens of our nation are losing the essence of this truism. Today, Memorial Day, has caused me to reflect on this. As I am writing this I am watching a rebroadcast of HBO’s “Band of Brothers” docu-drama about servicemen in World War II. My […]

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The Push

May 11, 2010 Effective Learning

The video below really has nothing to do with “teaching with technology.” However, as an educator and as a parent I was quite captivated by its message. As we seek to educate, motivate, and inspire our students, we may need to remind ourselves from time to time that an important gift we have to offer […]

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Mental Enhancement Drug Use Increasing on College Campuses

April 26, 2010 Teaching With Technology

I was somewhat caught off guard with this CBS News 60 Minutes segment from their April 25, 2010 program. It describes how an estimated relatively large proportion of college students are misusing prescription drugs to enhance their mental abilities for exams, term papers, etc. The more common drugs are Adderall and Ritalin, which are commonly […]

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April Fool in math class

April 12, 2010 Digital Culture

A math professor at Biola University set up a hilarious technology interaction for his class on April Fool’s Day. He interacts with his own shadow on the video projector. Check it out and have a good chuckle!

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Did you know?

April 12, 2010 Just Interesting

This video project is now in Version 3. A host of sometimes surprising facts about how technology is shaping world economy, politics, education, you name it!

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A vision of students today

April 12, 2010 Digital Culture

Here is a fascinating, thought-provoking video about how students view education today. It’s a product by a professor at Kansas State University, completed by his students. Pay close attention!

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Millennials are more educated, but less employed

February 24, 2010 Effective Learning

Studies about millennials (young people born between 1980 and 1995 or 2000, depending on whose definition you use) are revealing that many of them now have a high level of education. But rather than take their knowledge and skills into the workplace, many are choosing to put their time and talents into altruistic endeavors, and […]

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A whole new way of thinking

January 20, 2010 Digital Culture

Author and speaker Daniel Pink has completed some very provocative work on trends in business and the economy. He is a hugely entertaining speaker, especially when he shares that he was a woefully unsuccessful student in law school. Dan shares three macro-level drivers of 21st century careers: Abundance Asia Automation This talk was delivered around […]

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Speaking metaphorically

December 23, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Author James Geary presented an interesting talk at TED, pointing out that we typically use about four to six metaphors a minute whenever we’re in an engaging conversation. He has done some formal study of the use of metaphors throughout history. As you watch this presentation, note also his use of some fairly new presentation […]

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Christmas ReTooned

December 18, 2009 Biblical Truth

I would like to join many others in encouraging all of us to remember the real meaning of Christmas. no matter what our stereotypes of the events surrounding the first Christmas, let’s never lose sight of the fact that is was no doubt one of the most important events in all of history. I hope […]

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Illustrating truth and beauty inside a functioning cell

December 11, 2009 Scientific Truth

David Bolinsky has done some awe-inspiring work to give us a glimpse of the complexity, beauty, and wonder associated with the functioning of cells in our bodies. He is engaged with the biology faculty at Harvard to develop a wondrous set of images and animations that help students understanding the structure and functioning of cells. […]

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Useful webinars from Elluminate!

December 4, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Today I discovered a wonderful list of available, prerecorded, free webinars on a variety of topics, many of which pertain to teaching and instruction in higher education. They are provided by Elluminate, a very useful platform for providing multipoint platform for communications. With Elluminate you can have a virtual live discussion with a group of […]

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Celebrating the scientific experiment (and a cogent take on global warming!)

December 2, 2009 Scientific Truth

I really enjoyed a TED talk by Kary Mullis, where he talks about the nature of scientific experimentation as it relates to the nature of the scientist (or scientist-to-be). Dr. Mullis is a Nobel prize winner who discovered a way to “amplify” (or replicate) DNA strands, a now widely popular method that enhances genetic studies […]

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Perhaps the Internet enables relationships with and among our students more than we think!

November 12, 2009 Digital Culture

In a TED presentation I recently viewed, researcher Stefana Broadbent took on the often-heard notion that the Internet is causing isolation and anti-social behaviors for people in our modern culture. Maybe not, she says. You may find that this talk challenges your thinking in that arena, as it did mine. For example, her studies have […]

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From Design to Design Thinking

November 5, 2009 Effective Learning

I have recently become an amateur student of design. I am trying to build the concepts of design, and now design thinking, into the courses I create and teach for my students. Author and designer Tim Brown recently address the TED conference ( on the idea of moving from “design” (focusing on creating things) to […]

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Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

November 5, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Corporate communications coach Carmine Gallo has written a new book titled, “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience.” He reviewed hundreds of hours of presentations by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, arguably one of the best presenters in the world. After all of his study, he has […]

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The Significance of Nontraditional Students for Universities

November 3, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I have been finding some very informative summaries of the signficance of the nontraditional student for universities and their enrollment managers. For example, did you know that the traditional, 18-22 year old students living on campus now comprise less than 16% of the total population of college and university students in the United States, and […]

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What is it with our students? The millennials are here!

November 2, 2009 Effective Learning

I first saw this video a year or so ago and was intrigued. We are now having a conversation in our church board about how to relate to young people of the millennial generation. I have also been in multiple discussions with other faculty members about what “the millennials factor” could mean for our teaching […]

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A Virtual Space Observatory

November 1, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Microsoft has created yet another stunning tool for learning, called the Worldwide Telescope project. It provides a seamless, scalable view into the heavens and the cosmos that I think is outstanding. This is yet another free resource that should be invaluable for students studying astronomy, cosmology and origins, and other sciences. Be sure and check […]

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An alternative to PowerPoint:

November 1, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I recently attended the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. In one of the presentations I attended, the presenters used a fascinating and quite effective presentation tool called Prezi. I talked to them afterward and found that they thought it was easy to learn, easy to use, and there is a free version. I have […]

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How Not Use PowerPoint

November 1, 2009 Teaching With Technology

How many times have you had to sit through a bad PowerPoint presentation? Even worse, how many times have you, perhaps unwittingly, foisted one onto your students? See if you get a kick like I did out of this comedy routine pointing out some of the (regrettably) common misuses of this potentially powerful software package.

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Semantically-linked photos: Coming soon to an Internet near you.

November 1, 2009 Teaching With Technology

In the video presentation below, a new technology is discussed that practically blew me away. Imagine being able to upload photos to Flickr or some other photo sharing site, and then have them automatically linked to all the other photos and textual information from the Internet related to them, especially if they have geographic or […]

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Howard Gardner on the Multiple Intelligencies Theory of Learning, and the Role of Education Technology

October 8, 2009 Effective Learning

Recently, I have been studying Howard Gardner’s theory of mulitple intelligences. Gardner is a noted scholar in the Harvard University School of Education. This has been an eye-opening, “Aha!” experience for me. Although I have received a lot of formal education, and indeed I have delivered a lot of formal education to hundreds of students […]

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Presenting a live, interactive session to participants on mobile devices — for free!

October 7, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I’m really intrigued with a new service just announced, called YouVersion Live. It’s been created mainly for churches and ministries to host live, interactive events at a site, and have interactive particpation by people on their mobile devices. The interaction could include answering polls, submitting questions, and even online giving or payments. I think this […]

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Student Authentication for Online Courses

October 7, 2009 Teaching With Technology

The recent Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) has made it mandatory that we be able to verify that the correct person is actually taking an online exam or other high-stakes assessment. The legislation language indicates that an institution must verify students’ identity by using at least one of the following: secure login and pass code […]

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New DOE study: Online learning outperforms the live classroom

October 6, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Well, a major study has formally analyzed and found out what a lot of us in online learning suspected or even thought we knew all along. This brand new study just released from the Department of Education is a comprehensive meta-analysis (that is, it is a comprehensive analysis of a large number of individual studies […]

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Embedding video in a Desire2Learn course

October 6, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Often I find it desireable to include a video from the Internet into a course I’m teaching. Thanks to the new Web 2.0 technologies, it is possible to provide high quality videos direct to our students without needing to do a lot of production work ourselves. And the way many videos are being published on […]

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Do you pecha-kucha?

October 4, 2009 Teaching With Technology

A new type of speaking club is starting to be the rage around the world. It’s known as pecha-kucha (pronounced (peh-chock-uh-chuh), from a japanese phrase meaning “the sound of conversation.” It is characterized by succinctness of presentation, imposed by a mandatory limit of twenty PowerPoint slides shown for twenty seconds each, automatically advanced by the […]

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DOE study: Nontraditional Undergraduates

October 1, 2009 Effective Learning

A very interesting study from the Department of Education was released in 2002, as Findings from the Condition of Education 2002 study. In that study it was determined that almost three-quarters of all U.S. undergraduate students are in some way non-traditional. They identified seven characteristics that made students in some way non-traditional: Delayed enrollment (past […]

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The Hubble Ultra Deep Field Study — Inspiring and Fascinating!

October 1, 2009 Scientific Truth

This video from NASA is not exactly about teaching technology. I am nonetheless fascinated and totally awe-inspired by it and I think you will be, too. This is about one of the most important pieces of technology ever built by mankind, the Hubble Space Telescope. And this video can certainly be used in the classroom […]

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The surprising science of motivation

September 30, 2009 Effective Learning

Business analyst Daniel Pink recently gave this talk at the TED conference at Oxford University. In it he challenges us to rethink what we believe about motivation, rewards, and what makes people tick. Try to apply what he says to the classroom and beyond, to try and understand what motivates our students to excel and […]

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eBooks as an option for course textbooks

August 30, 2009 Teaching With Technology

You may have missed a recent article in the Tulsa World that discussed the high cost of college textbooks. One promising option mentioned was digital (electronic) textbooks, often referred to as eBooks. I would encourage you to consider these as you choose textbooks for your next course offering, especially if you are creating or updating […]

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Emotionally intelligent signage

May 16, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I have recently discovered the work of Daniel Pink. He is a business writer, and a master storyteller who encourages others to be the same. In this short pecha-kucha presentation (what’s that? — see another post in this blog) on “emotionally intelligent signage,’ where he encourages anyone creating signs to help others find their way […]

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Linked data — the next Web generation

April 7, 2009 Teaching With Technology

Tim Berners-Lee recently gave a presentation at a TED conference on what he sees as the next generation of the Web — Linked Data. He sees organizations and even us as individuals contributing to a growing, well-organized (albeit organically) repository of raw data. This is being fueled by the exponential expansion of social networking and […]

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Disaster planning and recovery

March 30, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I recently gave a presentation on Disaster Planning and Recovery at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Association of Institutional Research and Planning. The conference was held on the campus of Redlands Community College in El Reno. The folks at RCC were very generous and accommodating for the conference. My talk was in two parts. […]

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The State of Creativity — OETA television series

March 18, 2009 Teaching With Technology

The OETA educational TV network has begun airing a wonderful series on Creativity in the state of Oklahoma, entitled “State of Creativity.” It is of special interest to me because in episode 102, first aired last night (March 17), they highlight the providers of some exciting virtual reality business education curricula that I am currently […]

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Technology for creating screen capture videos

March 17, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I’ve been using screen capture software from TechSmith for several years to create videos, static graphic images, and more for sharing with students and colleagues. I have created whole courses built around creative ways of packaging narrated screen videos. In this video, the makers of this software are interviewed about the latest developments in this […]

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GIS and geographic inquiry

March 17, 2009 Teaching With Technology

I my “previous life” I was a geoscientist. I worked in the petroleum industry as an exploration geophysicist, after earning a BS degree in Geology. Later in my career I became quite involved in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology as decision support systems for assisting petroleum exploration professionals in making good decisions about possible […]

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Podcast trumps lecture in one college study

March 6, 2009 Teaching With Technology

In a recent study at the State University of New York at Fredonia, researches looked at whether experiencing a live lecture in the classroom or viewing a recorded version of the same lecture made a difference in learning. The result? Students who watched a video podcast scored on average a letter grade higher (71 percent […]

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Mindmapping and Project Management

November 6, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I recently made a presentation at the 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. In it I described how we are planning to use an interesting combination of mind mapping software and project management software to manage a major online development project (converting about 100 correspondence courses to online courses). You […]

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Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning | The Sloan Consortium

September 19, 2008 Teaching With Technology

The Sloan Consortium recently published a very important study of the growth of online learning. The comprehensive study was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and included a broad survey of 2,500 colleges and universities. Anyone remotely involved in online and distance learning should read it. Here are some key points: Background: For the […]

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Is college necessary in a knowledge-drenched world?

September 17, 2008 Teaching With Technology

Wow! How’s that for a thought-provoking title? This is the title of an article every higher-education faculty member and administrator should read. It very well summarizes a driver of the paradigm shift that’s happening in the world related to education: “So much information, so little knowledge about what to do with it.” The author is […]

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Quality standards for online courses

September 16, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I recently attended the annual FUSION conference for users of the Desire2Learn learning management system. One of the gems I discovered is the Southern Regional Education Board. I picked up a really useful pamphlet entitled “Standards for Quality Online Courses.” It is a very succinct yet comprehensive framework for assessing online course quality. You can […]

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Bloom’s Rose: A tool for creating practical assignments at a different levels of learning

July 25, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I discovered an entry on Wikipedia for Bloom’s taxonomy, called Bloom’s Rose. It was created by John M. Kennedy. The original version had a number of typos and was somewhat hard to follow. So I created an alternative version of it using Mindjet Mindmanager. It provides, for each of the levels of learning described by […]

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Access to Learning Project

June 25, 2008 Teaching With Technology

Today I participated in an online seminar abut the Access to Learning Project. A number of notable universities have banded together for this collaborative project, sponsored by Eduventures. The project has produced a very professionally done multimedia web site that can be referenced to promote online learning to administrators, faculty, and prospective students, particularly to […]

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Rethinking the old PowerPoint routine

May 28, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I’ve discovered a couple of new approaches to preparing presentations. They are especially relevant to those of us who are deeply steeped in traditional bullet-point approaches using PowerPoint. One approach and book that I’m really enjoying reading it Beyond Bullet Points, by Cliff Atkinson. Another is an online presentation titled Brain Rules: what all presenters […]

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The future of plagiarism

May 15, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I just read an entertaining, but almost disheartening article that is a tongue-in-cheek eavesdrop on the conversation of two young professors twenty years in the future. They discuss the availability of automated plagiarism software that can research, copy or buy material, and then automatically edit the published works to the extent that the plagiarism can’t […]

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“Chunking” your online course content

May 14, 2008 Teaching With Technology

In an earlier post I introduced the notion of “chunking” your course content. What this means in a practical sense is that you should think of your course materials in terms of bite-size segments that your students can digest easily. For example, if you’re using a typical textbook, the chapters are probably subdivided by subheadings […]

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Tips for no-fail online course production

May 8, 2008 Teaching With Technology

A recent article in Campus Technology provides some really good tips for creating high-quality, successful online courses. You should read the article to get all the fine points, but below are the 5 tips: Create a plan. Embrace “chunking.” Emphasize quality. Make it interesting! Keep it relevant. Be sure and read the entire article at […]

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Pictures as communication tools

May 8, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I recently read a very interesting blog post about illustrations as communications devices. Some research cited found that integrating text ON pictures instead of UNDER pictures as captions was found to be much more effective for information presentation.Common practice used to be to include illustrations as supplemental information to the text of a presentation or […]

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Mobile Learning in Higher Education

April 23, 2008 Teaching With Technology

I just read a very interesting article by Ruth Reynard on the Campus Technology website. It talks about how the new generation of learners is no longer satisfied with the linear approach to learning that many of us grew up with, and still practice to a large degree when teaching our students. Today’s young students […]

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Sobering video on what students think

October 27, 2007 Effective Learning

Dr. Andy Lang at ORU just sent me a link to this video on YouTube. At Kansas State University a group of 200 students in a cultural anthropology course surveyed themselves about their experiences in college so far. Wow! As a more senior faculty member in higher education, even as one who views himself as […]

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Ways to address online cheating and academic integrity

October 23, 2007 Teaching With Technology

In my conversations with colleagues about online education, the topics of cheating and academic integrity often come up. While these topics are also of concern in the traditional classroom, some may feel that online technologies may actually enable more widespread cheating. Here is an interesting article from a Desire2Learn newsletter that discusses some ways to […]

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Oklahoma Distance Learning Association Conference in Tulsa, November 5-6, 2007

September 28, 2007 Teaching With Technology

The Oklahoma Distance Learning Association is sponsoring a statewide conference in Tulsa this November 5 and 6. Its theme is “Web 2.0 in Education.” Registration is free to everyone, but do preregister as soon as you can to ensure a spot at the conference. It is being held at Oklahoma State University — Tulsa, my […]

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How to Make Pedagogically Meaningful Animations for Teaching and Research Using PowerPoint and Camtasia

September 27, 2007 Teaching With Technology

I just discovered a very interesting tutorial on using PowerPoint and Camtasia Studio to create teaching animations. The paper reviews and compares some of the various methods to accomplish the creation of such animations for illustrating concepts in cell biology and biochemistry. The techniques are universal, however, and can be employed in nearly any field […]

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Join the Desire2Learn Community

September 25, 2007 Teaching With Technology

Desire2Learn has a very active user community that is accessible by all ORU faculty and staff. There is lots of information about new product initiatives, extensive discussion groups by hundreds of other people using Desire2Learn, and loads of documentation. You just need to go to the site and request a login, using your ORU email […]

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Overview of Desire2Learn at ORU (video, 40 minutes)

September 7, 2007 Teaching With Technology

Some of you that are new to Desire2Learn might like to see a presentation I gave in November of 2006 to group of ORU faculty during an introductory session. In it I tell a little about the history of our acquisition of D2L and give a very brief overview of some the activities you might […]

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Welcome to Teaching With Technology!

September 7, 2007 Teaching With Technology

This site has been created primarily to help my colleagues learn more about using various technologies in the on-ground and virtual classrooms of now and in the future. We will be considering many topics, including using learning management systems, creating multimedia content for the classroom; various pedagogical and andragogical approaches to teaching and learning; course […]

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