I decided to go with MapStory over Google’s MapsEngine for teaching introductory GIS to my students. Maps Engine is stupid-easy to use, but lacks the MapStory’s change over time features. The disadvantage of MapStory is that I need to learn QGIS and possibly teach it to my students for them to get the most benefit from it. … Read more Going down the GIS rabbit hole. . . with data viz on the side.
Today I worked on learning the programming language R in SwirlStats a bit more. I pondered if I need to get institutional review board permission to talk to students about the antipoverty pedagogy. I committed to attending a Poverty Institute (weirdest pairing of nouns I’ve seen in a while) that will be two days in October… Read more Not the musical montage, high action part of teaching.
A reading day. A recent report on developmental education in MN that has a bit of data on poverty. Also, these videos that address interventions faculty use to help first-generation students at Heritage University in Washington. And I’m bouncing around an ancient site, Communication Across Barriers, that has wonderful information hidden behind a 10-year old site design… Read more Should sites about poverty be well-designed?
Because I know that a big project requires organization, I’ve put together a project management document using Zoho (and Indian web service with email, CRM, project management, etc. . . patterned on google but paid and without advertising). The project management document in zoho is not shareable, so I’ve exported it to google docs as an… Read more In which technology opens doors and wastes time.
So my previous posts have sketched my summer project as a narrative. But I can’t work based on paragraphs, so I’m using a project management tool from zoho.com. For those who don’t know, project management is one system for ensuring any project gets done. It breaks down the project into categories based on what needs… Read more The danger of big projects. . .
Part 4 of this project isn’t terribly exciting, but it holds the most promise. After I’ve created anti-poverty-course design principles, built a course based on those principles using free primary and secondary historical sources, and incorporated a panoply of digital history tools into the course lesson plans, I want to bundle this course and give… Read more Free is better. Why I’m giving away my course.
Writers spill way, way, way too much ink writing about the future of education as it relates to computers. I’m not going to rehash all debates or research on digital education except to say three things: Technology does not equal progress forward for humanity. Witness the history of weapons, or, say singing cats videos. If… Read more The hubris of a digital historian. . .
Text books cost too much money. Everyone but book reps and some professors say so. The Bureau of Labor Statistics charts the costs of textbooks through its Consumer Price Index. In the last ten years, the indexed cost of books has gone up around 260 points. Imagine if a cup of coffee cost $3.40 in 2004… Read more Books cost money too. . .
When I tell folks what I’m doing this summer, they say, you should wait for a sabbatical to do that. But my students are drowning, and I don’t know if I can save them, but I can give them a fighting shot at swimming to safety on their own if I go now. It can’t wait. This… Read more It can’t wait for a sabbatical. . .