From the week that was, here is your random list of shiny objects from around the web.
- Here’s a good article on the potential benefits of the flipped classroom for students with learning disabilities. I’m currently planning a study for this fall on this subject with one of our education faculty, so I might have more to say on this subject later.
- I mentioned this in the interview with Eric Mazur this week, but his latest talk Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning worth the time to watch. Hoping to say some more about that next week.
- According to a recent survey, two-thirds of Americans now have smartphones. How will this affect the way we do technology in the classroom?
- Speaking of technology in the classroom, here’s a well-reported case study of one private school’s use of Chromebooks. As the article points out, it’s not so much the Chromebooks that have been effective as much as Google Apps, which are easy to use and can be used on multiple hardware configurations. I’ve been playing around with a Chromebook lately and I really like what it has to offer. But if I were the ed tech person for a school district, I’d be nervous about going all-in with Google products, given Google’s propensity to radically change or even kill off popular services without much notice or justification.
- GitHub is now offering a specialized educational service – free micro accounts for students and teachers, free GitHub organization accounts for classroom use, and 25% off for all other educational uses. Looks promising. I’m using GitHub at the moment for my classes and it’s a very nice alternative to traditional content management systems.
- Here are eleven reasons to use Haskell as your programming language if you’re a mathematician.
- This video on how Bitcoin works is excellent. It’s specific to Bitcoin but it’s also a good overview of the mathematics of any cryptocurrency.
- Archimedes is a combination Markdown and LaTeX editor for Mac OS X. I love the simplicity of Markdown, and I can’t live without LaTeX as a mathematician, but I’ve had a hard time finding a good editor that will let me write Markdown with occasional LaTeX typesetting and then export the whole thing to HTML. This looks like it’ll work – but it’s OS X only and there’s no trial version (only the $10 full product). I don’t like spending $10 just to try out software, so if anybody has tried this, I’d like to know how well it works.