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BlendKit 2014: Choose Your Own Teaching and Learning Adventure

  
  
  
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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.

Eliminating Lossy Learning in the Classroom

  
  
  
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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.

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

  
  
  
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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. 

Own Your Own Story Through Canvas Network

  
  
  
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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.

Heroes Assembled at InstructureCon 2014

  
  
  
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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.

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

  
  
  
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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.

Robert Reich: How Investment in the Education Drives the Economy

  
  
  
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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."

Calling All Heros For InstructureCon 2014

  
  
  
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InstructureCon 2014: “Calling All Heroes” is right around the corner and this year’s conference is nothing short of super. So use your precognition, temporal duplication, or energy sourcing abilities to see what’s ahead and to bank some Canvas nerd superpowers for future use. Because, as Mr. Fantastic said, “I stayed in and studied like a good little nerd. And 15 years later, I’m one of the greatest minds of the 21st century."

Brilliance struck. We call it Canvas Catalog.

  
  
  
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In 1826, John Walker, an English chemist, had just finished stirring a pot of chemicals when he noticed a glob of the dried mixture at the end of the stick. When Walker tried to scrape the chemicals off they immediately ignited into flames. And with that, the strikeable match was born. We like to think of Canvas Network as the spark that gave life to Canvas Catalog, an entirely new product we’re releasing this month.

The Raising of Canvas Course Collections

  
  
  
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No farm is complete without a good, solid barn to hold equipment, livestock, hay, and maybe a cat or two. So when an Amish family needs a barn, the entire community gathers for the “raising bee” and works together to build the entire frame structure in just one day. We’d like to think that our Canvas Course Collections are the equivalent of a modern day barn raising for course design, but where nobody gets blisters from sawing too many logs.

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