Mark Guzdial, respected professor and Vice Chair of the ACM Education Board, has expressed some concerns about the impact that open source is having on computing education. Are these concerns legitimate? He starts from an awfully dramatic position:
The great hope nurtured by many of us who spend our days in the open source software communities is that the fundamental principles upon which open source software is built -- The Open Source Way -- will permeate other industries and walks of life over time, allowing all sorts of new and exciting... Read more
You have an open source project. You discover something that it would be really awesome to have added to your project, but you can't justify bumping it up the priority queue. It clearly has a bit of core CS theory in it, a bit of old-skool hacking, and the end product will add some real value to... Read more
There are a few interesting things to talk about surrounding free and open textbooks. Quality is one. Usability is another. Why to write one (and/or, why not) is certainly critical. But where can you find these disruptive, open texts?
Like most of Jonathan Ive's work, the iPad is beautiful. Like most of Apple's work, it also makes me uneasy. I was planning to write about this feeling of unease, so imagine my delight when I discovered that Timothy B. Lee and others have already done the work for me.
It's amazing, the opportunities a disruptive technology can offer to those who take the time to learn it. If you know your Moodle, there are more than 100 jobs available, right now, today -- and for some of them, you don't even need to change out of your pajamas.
I was asked to explain why the introduction of open educational resources into the education ecosystem might in fact be one of the most important things that has happened to education in the last 100 years. I guess in centuries before we might have said that it was the Socratic Method, or the... Read more
Like him or not, you've got to be impressed by the quality of discourse that Jon Stewart adds to the national dialogue. Maybe this conversation with Bill Gates about the U.S. education system could have taken place on Charlie Rose -- but how many people would have seen it?
Texas has never been afraid of bold education initiatives, and the passage of Texas House Bill 2488 in June 2009 was definitely bold. The bill, "Relating to open-source textbooks and other instructional materials for public schools," made modifications to the Texas Education Code that explicitly... Read more
Now that we have this amazing innovation called "The Internet" that provides practically unlimited resources to aspiring learners everywhere -- why is it that our actual educational systems don't seem to be getting any better?