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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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Heroes Assembled at InstructureCon 2014

Posted by Carly Ray on June 26,2014

InstructureCon 2014 was a little like Christmas in July (or June if you want to get literal). More than 1,600 heroes of education—from instructors to administrators to technology enthusiasts—assembled at Canyons Resort in Park City this past week to enjoy festivities, Christmas music, and yes, even snow.

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How Real Do You Want It? Supporting Authentic Assessments in Canvas

Posted by Jared Stein on June 11,2014

For some reason all my nerd friends love the book Ender's Game (now a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford), which is all about a military school for kids in space. What's interesting is how the kids are trained for the ultimate battle against would-be alien invaders through a combination of book learning (actually, they use iPads) for conceptual knowledge, zero-g exercises for strategic development, and finally full-on computer simulations of space battles. Ender's Game reminds me how (1) I wish I had gone to Space Camp, and (2) transferring knowledge is much easier when learning is authentic.

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Robert Reich: How Investment in the Education Drives the Economy

Posted by Robert Reich on June 5,2014

I teach because it's the best way to have a positive impact on the future. As historian Henry Adams once wrote, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

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