Monthly Archives: March 2014

thinking in multiple dimensions

Judy Nalon dropped by the Playground and discussed cognition and following linear models (think a rigid, fixed process). after one has experienced that process, is one ready to skip unnecessary steps of a linear model? to be flexible  in thinking about the big picture? how do we model and teach that in our disciplines?

as we’re thinking about a problem or designing instruction, how do our a priori experiences and assumptions inform that process? how do we quickly adapt our processes and products to the classroom and our students?



the here and now…

Dr. Moon stopped by the Playground and left the following question for you:

“how do you stop worrying about the future and enjoy right now?”

what strategies do you employ to live in the moment, to experience an event? how do you reflect on your day?


Augmented Reality in Education – Cases, Places and Potentials

Augmented Reality in Education – Cases, Places and Potentials

Check out this new article in Educational Media International on Augment Reality in Education! What can you imagine doing with augmented reality in your courses? 

3d printer helps doctors save an infant’s life

Today, Dean Carroll passed along a story she heard on NPR about two doctors who designed and created a tracheal support for an infant who would suddenly stop breathing.

the amazing story is available here.

the comments about 3d printing are also notable…drop us a comment below (or come see us in the Playground) about your thoughts of using a 3d printer in your classes or area of research.

mining student data

Judy Nalon shared this news with us on friday. google has been mining k12 student data thanks to a service they can’t ‘turn off.’

we’d like to hear your thoughts! drop us a comment or come by the Playground to chat.

  • what about the data giant using k12 student emails for targeted ads? note: google’s edu policy states that student data is not used for advertising (policy available here)…but, what are the implications of their scanning service?
  • what rights to data privacy do students have?
  • how can we better prepare students (and our preservice teachers) to become aware of these issues of digital storage, free speech, & ownership in the new era of big data?
  • google isn’t the only corporation gleaning data from k12 students–testing companies also do it. is there a parallel?

funding technology initiatives

Dr Juliana Utley stopped by the Playground to chat about tablets for Excel students and is interested to hear others’ experiences in funding tech initiatives. what venues have you used to fund technology projects? drop by the Playground to discuss or leave a comment below!