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Theron DesRosier

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  • Experienced ePortfolio practitioners know that “pedagogy drives technology” and that meaningful ePortfolio practices involve a complex interplay between teaching, learning and technology.

  • App Inventor is an open-source tool that democratizes app creation for and by all. By combining visual LEGO-like blocks together on the screen, even users with no prior programming experience can use App Inventor to create their own mobile applications. Currently, App Inventor has over 1,000,000 users and is being taught by universities, schools, and community centers worldwide. In those initiatives, students not only acquire important technology skills such as computer programming, but also have the opportunity to apply computational thinking concepts to many fields including science, health, education, business, social action, entertainment, and the arts. Work on App Inventor was initiated in Google Research by Hal Abelson and is continuing at the MIT Media Lab as part of its Center for Mobile Learning, a collaboration with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP).
  • Build-in-Progress is a new platform for people to document and share design projects that are still works-in-progress. The website encourages designers to share their designs as they are under development, showcasing the trials and errors that naturally occur throughout the design process. This is in contrast to existing platforms, which tend to present users with edited recipes for replicating existing projects. Build-in-Progress also has a companion mobile app for enabling designers to easily share media associated with their projects.
20 Dec 13

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum

18 Dec 13

"An open source tool helping anyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes."

  • he main types of social networking services are those that contain category places (such as former school year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages), and a recommendation system linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with American-based services such as Facebook, Google+, tumblr and Twitter
28 May 13

A tool to search for and mashup open content . 

11 Apr 13

I really like the idea of using the real world as the gamming context:
"The MIT Teacher Education Program, in conjunction with The Education Arcade, has been working on creating "Augmented Reality" simulations to engage people in simulation games that combine real world experiences with additional information supplied to them by handheld computers."

10 Apr 13

I think this is a key to scaling assessment of large courses. I engaged in similar research with very similar results.

10 Apr 13

What are the implicatoins for teaching and learning?

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"In 2015 it would take you 5 years tp voew all video crossing IP networks each second."

10 Apr 13

good sources to begin a conversation with youth about shakespeare.

10 Apr 13


'To use images licensed under Creative Commons, all you do is go to CreativeCommons.org, click on “Find CC-licensed Works” under “Explore,” type what it is you’re looking for in the search box, check the boxes if you plan to use your image for commercial purposes and/or modify them, then choose which library/search engine you want to use to search for your image."

  • To use images licensed under Creative Commons, all you do is go to CreativeCommons.org, click on “Find CC-licensed Works” under  “Explore,” type what it is you’re looking for in the search box, check the boxes  if you plan to use your image for commercial purposes and/or modify them, then  choose which library/search engine you want to use to search for your image. For  example, I typed “Typewriter” into the Google search on Creative Commons and  found this:

  • 1. Encourage contact between students and faculty.  Students need to know how to contact their online instructors and should be  encouraged to communicate with us when needed. In my online courses, I identify  multiple means of contacting me (email, Skype, Twitter, etc) and clearly post  times when I’ll be available to chat during online office hours. While few  students utilize the online office hours I provide, offering this time  communicates to students that I am available if they need assistance and that I  value this interaction.

  • I find that students who feel isolated in an online course
  • I also try to foster discussions where students communicate with one another,  share ideas, and debate concepts. While interacting with the instructor is  important in an online class, it is also important that students have a space  where they can discuss concepts with one another as well

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26 Mar 13

I like this. I like the title, " thinkering studio". I like the open ended prompt and  the focus on learning to learn. I like the rubric. Why don't we see more activities like this?

26 Mar 13

"Bamboo DiRT is a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT is an evolution of Lisa Spiro's DiRT wiki and makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software."

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