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ContentNotEditable: What the “death” of the mouse and keyboard means for content creators

First let me start with some disclaimers to try to make sure this post is not misinterpreted: I am not arguing that the mouse and keyboard are really dead or that the lack of a mouse on tablets is a

Posted in android, computers, development, edtech, html5, opensource, software

Review of Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed

Since at least the invention of BASIC and Logo in the 1960s, people, such as Seymour Papert, have made an argument that anyone can and should learn to how to program, and even make their own software applications.  The argument

Posted in computers, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, technology, theory

Does educational technology exist to make schools “hip” and placate taxpayers?

Larry Cuban argues that we only have new technologies in classrooms in order to placate (mostly non-parental) taxpayers and politicians, so that schools can seem “modern” and “with it.”  Computers and so forth are just there as a status symbol,

Posted in computers, edtech, education, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

The Effects of Technology on Students’ Learning in Math: A Meta-analysis

A colleague of mine, Dr. Qing Li of the University of Calgary, along with Dr. Xin Ma, just had an article published in the journal Educational Psychology Review titled A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Computer Technology on School Students’

Posted in computers, edtech, education, embodiment, technology, theory, Uncategorized

Setting Up and Maintaining Netbooks/Laptops with K-12 Students

I currently have a small set of netbooks with Ubuntu Netbook Remix (download) installed that I use for various projects.  If I were to set up a classroom netbook/laptop cart for a K-12 class or a school-wide 1-to-1 netbook/laptop program,

Posted in computers, opensource, software, technology, ubuntu

Teaching IS Technology: A Little Philosophy of Technology & Media Theory

There often seems to be a tension between teachers and new technologies. It helps me to step back and think about technology more broadly. Almost 20 years ago I first ran across a book by Don Ihde, philosopher of technology,

Posted in computers, edtech, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology, theory

Recent Sightings

These are from my bookmarks on del.icio.us: Software / Technology Quick-R is a help site for those using the R statistics tool instead of SPSS/SAS. Hippocampus is a homework and study help site with multimedia resources and course materials. Road

Posted in children, computers, development, edtech, opensource, research, simulations, technology

When Free Isn’t Good Enough: The Best Open Source Antivirus Protection

The best free antivirus program for Windows WAS Active Virus Shield by AOL. It was better at protecting against viruses than even popular commercial antivirus options such as McAfee Virusscan and Norton Antivirus. That’s because it used the same underlying

Posted in computers, opensource, software

$199 Laptop Due Out Soon: Asus Eee PC 701

The Asus Eee PC 701 laptop is a consumer version of the Intel Classmate PC. It is apparently due to go on sale in mid-August for $199. Here is a review of the Asus Eee PC with photos of the

Posted in computers, education, opensource

The Best Free Antivirus Is Still…

I reviewed the best free antivirus / antispyware tools last fall. The report on which I was basing some conclusions has been updated. Again, AOL Active Virus Shield is the best at stopping viruses among the free options, ahead of

Posted in computers, software
Doug Holton

Doug Holton

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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