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March 14, 2011
When I went to type the title of this post -- “Sprint” -- my fingers went to a different word instead: “Spring.” And that seems about right for this time of year. With Spring Break over, I feel as if I’m now in a sprint to the finish line. But in fact we’re not quite there yet; the sprint really begins, just after spring does, in a couple more weeks. We have another week or two to gear up, then, for the last month of classes, the month in which honors theses are due, final projects get finalized, next year’s schedule is settled and students start to register…and so on.
March 14, 2011
In the wake of yesterday’s post, which prompted notes from several alert readers reminding me that other states (such as Pennsylvania) were just as bad as those I named, I’ve been thinking about how the country would work if it simply gave up on the model of public higher education.
March 13, 2011
Should TED replace "Entertainment" with "Education"?Doesn't "Technology, Education, Design" make more sense than "Technology, Entertainment, Design"? Entertainment? We've got too many online entertainment options. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc., etc. TED Talks represent one of the futures of Education. Smart, concise, unbundled, mobile, emotional, and with attention to form. TED Talks have forever changed the lecture, the conference presentation, and the capture lecture.
March 13, 2011
With Wisconsin and Ohio getting most of the national attention lately, I’ve been struck by the amazing goings-on in other states that seem to be flying below the radar.
March 13, 2011
For all of my pie-in-the-sky musings about why
March 13, 2011
For all of us as educators, the Lumina Foundation draft report on “The Degree Qualifications Profile” needs to be must reading. The Foundation in the first paragraph of the report states that the Profile is “a tool that can help transform U.S.
March 13, 2011
Both of Ben’s bands are taking off. His school jazz band is literally taking off in a little over a week; they have been accepted as performers at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
March 11, 2011
Normally, I'm a devout TV-phobe, but this is just too cool not to like.Samsung is showing off a 46-inch LCD TV that doesn't need to be plugged in. It draws all the power it needs from built-in solar panels that run off ambient lighting. So this is a TV that you could leave on all day (NOOOOO!!!), and not add a penny to your electric bill.
March 10, 2011
"By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United States."--from The New York Times's "Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea," 2/21/11
March 10, 2011
--I’m officially tired of using the wet/dry vac on the basement floor. Anytime this winter would like to go away would be fine with me.

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