Monthly Archives: November 2017

Blockchain Explained by Common Craft (VIDEO)

We now have a fundamentally new way to manage ownership of things like digital currencies and intellectual property. It’s called Blockchain and it is the foundation for concepts like Bitcoin. This video explains the basics in about three minutes.


This lucid explanation will help you understand the core concepts of Blockchain.


Badge Wiki — Community Forming Now

This is a new resource for the Open Badges community being built by We Are Open Co-op and made possible by Participate. We’re currently building this out, so why not join our Loomio group to get updates?
Note that by using this wiki you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.


This Badge Wiki is just forming up.  Interested in a community focused on Badges?  Jump in. 

Blockchain Secured Digital Diploma debuts at MIT

…this summer, as part of a pilot program, a cohort of 111 graduates became the first to have the option to receive their diplomas on their smartphones via an app, in addition to the traditional format. The pilot resulted from a partnership between the MIT Registrar’s Office and Learning Machine, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software development company.
The app is called Blockcerts Wallet, and it enables students to quickly and easily get a verifiable, tamper-proof version of their diploma that they can share with employers, schools, family, and friends.


This technology may touch your teaching life.  Learn the vocabulary and concepts now!

UPCEA – Promise and Potential of Blockchain

There is much hype and hyperbole, and nearly as much promise and potential for blockchain in higher education. As has been the case with many technologies, I believe there is both much hype and underestimation of the coming impact of blockchain in higher ed.


Get a grip on a sophisticated idea that may become a very important way to establish your reputation and credentials.

How to Ask Better Questions to Maximize Student Learning

Response: Ways to Use Questions Effectively in the Classroom
By Larry Ferlazzo Nov. 18, 2017
(This is the first post in a five-part series)

The new “question-of-the-week” is:

How can teachers use questions most effectively in the classroom?


Facilitating an online forum involves a deep understanding of questioning. This is the first of 5 podcast episodes hosted by Larry Ferlazzo.  Fine work! 

Undergrads want more Elearning; Research results

There were no major surprises in Educause’s 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. For four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased and those preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. The report did find, however, that tablets, which were gaining popularity a few years ago, are now on their way out as a device of preference.


Do you think this research just restates the obvious?  Will this help you explain the obvious to decision makers who don’t understand the environment?

Is e-learning replacing face-to-face training?

The question of whether e-learning is replacing face-to-face training is one of the burning questions of the moment in corporate training departments around the world.

Organisations are looking for ways to maximise the effectiveness of their training while reducing costs.


Convenience and effectiveness disrupt ‘conventional’ training.

Voice Recording Tools

Our voice is one of the most powerful tools we possess, but many times we default to writing instead of talking. There are definitely times when writing is the way to go, but there are other situations when spoken words can have a dramatic impact.


Voice = Presence –  these tools will help you speak to your students. 

Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education


I’ve used 3 of the 8 tools featured in this article. It’s fun to find some new (to me) resources.