learning JS

Over the past two weeks I have been working on a project that has required a bit of Javascript. I still have lots to learn but I’ve found that it’s relatively easy to take someone else’s shared code on Github or Requirebin and then modify it. So far I have learned how to build simple charts with Chart.js and DimpleJs both of … Read More

Weekly Highlights (weekly)

App Gives Students an Incentive to Keep Their Phones Locked in Class – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education tags:3rdspace Resisting the urge to pull out your phone in class is quite difficult for many students, apparently. There are texts to answer, emails to read, snapchats to send, and rude comments to post on Yik Yak. … Read More

Weekly Highlights (weekly)

Welcome // | DiRT Directory Neat collection of tools for various uses tags:3rdspace The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids | WIRED tags:3rdspace To Make Tech Design Human Again, Look to the Past | WIRED tags:3rdspace Consumers have grown weary of novelty. People crave meaning in their products and humanness in their interactions. From unnecessarily curved screens, … Read More

Weekly Highlights (weekly)

Imgur’s new tool makes the most beautiful GIFs on the web | The Verge tags:3rdspace Live-Tweeting Assignments: To Use or Not to Use? – ProfHacker – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education “This post explores some of the benefits and drawbacks to one of my most successful teaching exercises using Twitter—getting students to “live tweet” films. “Live tweeting” basically … Read More

Video Games and Learning

“Humans learn from experience, but this does not mean they learn just by having experiences. The human mind learns through well-designed experiences” James Paul Gee describes video games as a set of problems that must be solved in order to win. The difference here is that these problems are presented in many instances in an environment designed to motivate and immerse/engage … Read More

New Year, New Things to learn

This year one of the things I have decided to do is to learn more HTML and CSS. I have been exploring resources and websites that actually let you build something as you’re learning. Codeacademy is a great resource that actually allows users to learn through building of projects of varying difficulty. One other similar resource I have started to use … Read More

Social Presence affordances of video tools

In our class we have recently explored and discussed screencasting tools, video creation  as well as web conferencing tools. One observation students made is “many of the video/screencasting/web conferencing tools we discuss have similar features so how do we decide which to use”   To answer this question as to which tool to use we have attempted to use the concept of social … Read More

TPTECH ’14 Takeaways

Last week I was in Denver Colorado for the Teaching Professor Technology Conference. It was my first time attending and presenting at this particular conference. With the number of attendees at around 600 it was a small conference and after attending one or two sessions it was easy to start recognizing people. Although I didn’t know anyone there after running … Read More

My moment of serendipity in an open course

In a few of our friday meetings the topic of blogging has come up and I have admitted to not being the most prolific blogger probably because I tend to obsess over little details and continue wonder if the blog post is “finished” Anyway as a result of this I have a bunch of blog posts in “draft status” that I … Read More