Weekend reading (March 21)

March 21, 2014, 11:44 am


This is not what Spring looks like in Michigan at the moment.

Welcome to your weekly small-shiny-objects-from-the-web post:

Is banning PowerPoint slides the key to having meetings that are more informative, interactive, and community-driven? Well, it couldn’t hurt. I’d heard about US military command groups banning PowerPoint in meetings but the similar ban from physicists is new to me.

Some states are beginning to allow computer science classes to count toward the foreign language requirements for high school students. You might think that’s a boon for CS educators, but this post explains why maybe it isn’t such a great idea.

Good article at Wired on why punishing students for using electronic gadgets will only make things worse for them in the future. Better to design instruction that engages them away from such use – or better yet, make the gadget part of the instructional design.

Facebook is introducing a programming language called Hack. The article seems upbeat about it, but call me skeptical of anything coming from Facebook.

Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows you to record a screencast of whatever is going on in your browser tab. I’m assuming that since it’s a Chrome extension, it would work on a Chromebook, which makes those little devices even more compelling.

Natalie Houston at ProfHacker gives a useful run-down of the two-minute rule, an essential component of the Getting Things Done (GTD) task/project management philosophy. It’ll take you less than two minutes to read it, so go do that now. (See what I did there?)

At Lifehacker, how to stay focused when you get bored working toward your goals.

Here’s a big page of over 80 free Python tutorials in print and video formats. Includes links to Python blogs, which I will be checking out.

Finally, in case you missed it, Google slashed their prices for Google Drive storage plans.

Coming next week, I’ll have more on the inverted calculus course, some thoughts on a proposed technical definition of flipped learning, and more. See you then.


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