Category: Cool

A Brief History of the Oregon Trail (video game)

This video gives a glimpse into the story of how Oregon Trail went from a desire to make learning fun to world wide phenomenon and classic experience for 80's and 90's students. Read the whole story over at io9.

Train Like A Martian Day 1

Day 1 of TOSAs working out to go to Mars. If you haven't already, join us each day the rest of this week.

Train Like a Martian

What is the #TrainLikeAMartian challenge? A week of fun activities that highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, space exploration, and physical fitness. The challenge begins May 14th and provides students and adults around the world a chance to have some fun, show why STEM is important, and to win some cool ...

Bluetooth’s Treasure Found

No, there isn't some unknown magical feature now available for the ubiquitous computer connection technology. Instead we're talking about coins and jewelry that belonged to the technology's namesake, Danish king Harald 'Bluetooth' Gormsson. Last weekend, archaeologists unearthed hundred's of coins, pearls, brooches and even a Thor's Hammer pendant on Rügen Island in Germany. They were ...

Is Technology a Tool?

Is Technology a Tool? As a former math teacher I am convinced that I could teach math with chalk, a chalkboard, and a few $0.99 calculators. I am also convinced that by the end of the semester my students would show good scores and growth on their various summative assessments. So if I can arrive ...

In Real Life (IRL) Video Interview with Kaitlin Parks

Kaitlin Parks is a LRC-II Teacher at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. I recently had the pleasure of learning a little bit about how she integrates technology into her classroom to support her students and her professional responsibilities. When I first arrived at the school there was an unexpected power outage due to the storm outside. Like ...

Human Computation, Crowdsourcing, and the brilliance of Luis von Ahn 

Ever used Duolingo? I brushed up on my Spanish with it a few years ago. It was an incredible program that best of all was free. However, it is a for-profit company. How does Duolingo make money? It's business model is an extension of its brilliant co-founder, inventor, and young professor, Luis von Ahn. Von Ahn invented the captcha. You know ...

Students as Creators of Content

In 2006, Time Magazine chose "You" as its person of the year. This was in recognition of the vast number of people who were creating and sharing their own content via YouTube, Wikipedia, individual websites, print on demand publishing, eBooks, etc. The number of valuable tools and their ease of use, efficiency, and cost continues ...