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Educause, Winners and Chicken Dinners

Posted by Carly Ray on October 9,2014

As the story goes, in the 1970’s, Las Vegas casinos used to offer Chicken Dinners for a standard fare of $1.79. This price was just under the average bet of $2. So, when someone won at their table the dealer would call out, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” indicating they had just won enough money for dinner. Chicken dinner, to be specific.

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Topics: Higher Education,

Learners Need More Than a Magical Voice

Posted by Jared Stein on October 2,2014

As we've explored the problem of lossiness in learning I've reflected on times and places where learning is lost in my own life. For example, I travel a lot, and that means I'm frequently driving around unfamiliar cities in rental cars listening to my phone's “Magic Voice” direct me to my destination. As you can probably imagine, this gets pretty tricky in cities like Oxford in the UK, where street naming conventions are alien to me, and the twisting, narrow layout of city streets is based as much on ancient fortifications and oxen herding paths as on anything intended for cars.1

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Topics: K-12 Education, Higher Education,, Lossless Learning,

Canvas Commons: the LOR designed to be E-A-S-Y

Posted by Kate McGee on September 25,2014

Sharing is a good thing. We learn early that sharing makes us happy and benefits others. But that doesn’t mean sharing is always easy. Sometimes sharing is H-A-R-D. So today, we’re announcing a tool called Canvas Commons that makes it easier to share your smarts (even with your antegropelos-wearing corpsbruders).

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Topics: Canvas, K-12 Education, Higher Education,

Better Ed for Higher Ed

Posted by Carrie Saarinen on September 10,2014

We thought about calling our new higher ed webinar series Highest Ed, but we didn’t want those of you with acrophobia (a fear of heights) to think it had anything to do with swaying skyscrapers, crumbling mountain ledges, or glass gondolas. So we’re calling it Better Ed, because that’s exactly what it is—a resource where you can learn more to help you do what you do even better. (And who’s afraid of being better, best, or even a tad more awesome?)

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Topics: Canvas, Training, Higher Education,

Success is All in the Planning (and the Replanning)

Posted by Cortny Lyon on August 27,2014

As a kid, I suffered from overactive planning syndrome. At the start of the school year, I started planning next year’s summer vacation. And on day one of summer, I started planning for the next school year. I made lists about the lists I planned to make and I kept all my master plans neatly organized in a binder. So when my mom (who worked at a Woolworth store in my hometown of Baltimore) brought home my very first Trapper Keeper, it was an adolescent planner’s wildest dream come true.

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Topics: K-12 Education, Higher Education,

Standards Will Fuel New Tools for K-12

Posted by Troy Anderson on August 21,2014

Imagine you’re on a cross-country road trip. As you drive through a lonely stretch of highway in Wyoming, you realize you’re running dangerously low on gas. Finally, you see a gas station ahead and you pull up to refuel. But when you lift the pump handle, you find that it (and every pump at the station) has an oddly-shaped nozzle you’ve never seen before—and it’s not compatible with your gas tank. So you’re out of gas and out of luck.

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Topics: K-12 Education, Partner

BlendKit 2014: Choose Your Own Teaching and Learning Adventure

Posted by Melissa Loble on July 31,2014

If you’ve ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure book, then you know how awesome it is to make choices in what’s usually a static environment that lead to dynamic, customized outcomes. And that’s just what it was like (minus the dinosaurs and the time travel) for participants in the third cohort of BlendKit 2014, an open online course recently hosted by Canvas Network.

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Eliminating Lossy Learning in the Classroom

Posted by Jared Stein on July 23,2014

In the early days of the Web, designers had to choose between image quality and speed, because even with your dial-up modem blazing at 56k, it took forever to load high-res images (and even low-res images). So speed came at the cost of fidelity, and we ended up with a lot of grainy GIFs or chunky JPGs.

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How Did We Go From ISTE to Canvas to Bamm-Bamm Barnabus Rubble?

Posted by Mike Kisow on July 17,2014

Remember the Flintstones, the animated series about the modern family living in prehistoric times? Of course you do. What about Bamm-Bamm Rubble, the strongest toddler in the world and the adopted son of the Flintstones’ neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble? Did you know his middle name is Barnabus? Yeah, neither did we. 

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Own Your Own Story Through Canvas Network

Posted by Katie Bradford on July 3,2014

In the words of the late poet and author, Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” But you don’t have to be a literary genius to get your story out. Canvas Network provides a place where you can stop bearing the agony and start sharing your story! Not sure how that works? Well, let me share my story.

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