Best of the Reading List, Volume One

This is a new thing I’m doing where I share the best things I’ve had on my reading pile over the last few weeks.

Where MOOCs Miss the Mark: The Student-Teacher Relationship

The mistake about MOOCs (massive open online courses) is that they discount the central component of effective teaching — the relationship forged between student and teacher.

Read the post on Edutopia.

Guest Blog by Stephen Toulouse: Starting a Conversation, Video Games and Violence

Stephen Toulouse asks us whether we are afraid of having the conversation about video games and violence. Some good food for thought here on we need to avoid the black and white approach.

Read the post over on Will Wheaton dot Net

The Future is Unevenly Superdistributed

Some thoughts on all this orbital content and what we need to do to prepare ourselves for losing control over the delivery of our own content.

Read the post over on A List Apart

Computers as valuable as Distracting

…although I can attest to students using computers for impractical reasons, there are plenty who use them efficiently. Teachers flaunt their technologic learning tools, but as soon as students wish to do the same, they are considered “distracting” and “not educational.” Distracting is when it takes longer than the length of a teacher’s YouTube video to actually load it. Not educational is when teachers read word-for-word off of a PowerPoint that students already have in front of them. But as a university that praises diversity, I would hope that means it’s included in learning too.

Read the post over on The Daily Illini

When computers run the classroom: The challenge of teaching in a technology-driven world

Interesting reading on how teachers are using technology, and how they think they are doing.

Read the post over on The Western Front

“Flipped classrooms”: You keep using that word …

Because so many different people are talking about flipped learning in so many different ways, there are mixed signals, poor definitions, and even worse, rationales for why you should or shouldn’t flip your classes.

Read the post over on Smart Blogs