Monthly Archives: May 2015

Daniel Pink: A Whole New Mind

This is an introduction to Daniel Pink’s book “A Whole New Mind.”


Amazing insights for RIGHT NOW.  As teachers with a vision for the future we are in the right place at the right time.  Daniel Pink really lights this up!

Link to the teacher’s discussion guide:

Special thanks to Jenniffer Millisor, M.S.Ed. for recommending this resource!


Technology Tools for Teachers: Green Screen in the Classroom

What is a green screen?
In film and video, a green background can be placed behind subjects being filmed. This allows a separately-filmed background to be added to the final video. Using a green screen is a fun way to enhance any video project. Filming in front of a green screen allows any project to be virtually transported to a new location or setting.

Why use a green screen?
There are many green-screen film projects that can enhance learning in the classroom. Using a green screen can make projects more fun, interesting, and effective. For example:


Back in the 90’s I had a green screen system and video editing equipment in my middle school Language and Technology classroom at Kingsbury Middle School at Lake Tahoe. Thanks to a very generous 10 k grant from Bill Cosby I put together a video studio that mesmerized by students. We had great, pre-digital equipment. Teachers today can put together a better system than I had for a 1/10th the price. 😎 Thank you Moore’s Law!

Developing an International Distance Education Program: A Blended Learning Approach

Ravisha Mathur
Assistant Professor
College of Education
San José State University 

Lisa Oliver
Assistant Professor
College of Education
San José State University


Building a dynamic international distance education program can be a complex operation. The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model for global learning that utilizes a blended learning approach. This paper will describe how a blended learning approach was implemented in an international instructional technology Master’s program to the benefit of both universities and countries involved. The discussion will focus on a specific framework for developing an international, blended learning program with special consideration of cultural differences in language, teaching philosophy, and education.


This research article from the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration provides case studies about blended, intercultural education.

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore’s Law

Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution.

You may never have heard of Moore’s law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.


Gordon Moore is the founder of Intel. This article includes a link to NPR’s “All Technology Considered”.  If you who don’t know about Moore’s Law MUST read this article.  (It’s a good read/listen for those of you who do as well! 😎


The following activities have been developed and refined for multicultural education courses and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers. All activities that lead to dialogue on issues such as oppression, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination should be closely examined and appropriately modified for the target audience. Address questions about the following activities to Paul Gorski.


This is a favorite (if somewhat dated) resource for online multicultural activities. .  For many years, I’ve used the ground rules activity to set ‘netiquette’ expectations.  

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Access for Learning

Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. This site provides resources for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and NIMAS.


This is the NEW AIM / CAST website.  This is an essential source for information about accessibility and learning. 

Power Search Facebook and LinkedIn: Online Research Tools and Investigative Techniques

Editor’s Note: The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting is a new guide to online search and research techniques to using user-generated content and open source information in investigations. Published by the European Journalism Centre, a GIJN member based in the Netherlands, the manual consists of ten chapters and is available for free download. We’re pleased to reprint below chapter 3, by Internet research specialist Paul Myers.  


Valuable techniques for any online student or teacher!  The section on advanced social media searches on Facebook and LinkedIn got me searching and tinkering again.