Browsing All posts tagged under »cognitive dissonance«

A new idea

January 25, 2017


LOL  the two minutes ’til end of work day and I DROVE THE CAR THING so I can’t even think about it well on the way home. Here’s my next magic grant request.   Hey.   I really should figure it out and at least plop it on a few other blogs.  So I’m doing […]

Gratuitous MOOCS

May 5, 2016


The EdX MOOC from earlier was uploaded each Tuesday evening U.S. time.   Naw, you can’t get ahead; it’s atomatically programmed.  Last night somebody posted asking what had happened to week 1 (week 0 started last Tues)… and the nice TA said “refer to your syllabus, or Week 0.”  (As in, they didn’t know? ) […]

Backing up …

February 6, 2016


… the files, which is a step forward.  The Working Thing with title “Jan29” is now on Ay-soos, the GREENECK and the Transcend and the Camtasia flash drives and now the cloud knows where they are. Since my next Thing TO Figure Out is how to manage versions of things in GitHub, it’ll soon be […]

SHould this be a quick or slow post?

January 21, 2016


Yesterday I found to my delight that the designers of the course I’d signed up for posted videos of their planning meetings online. It seems, however, from watching them, that the course I signed up for  to “design and develop” open educational resources (OER) for adult education will be pretty heavy on the “find available OER […]

Geek trivia

January 16, 2016


To handle an individual key press, implement onKeyDown() or onKeyUp() as appropriate. Usually, you should use onKeyUp() if you want to be sure that you receive only one event. If the user presses and holds the button, then onKeyDown() is called multiple times. That’s from  and I just wouldn’t have thought of that… I’m trying […]

Is there an echo in here?

August 17, 2014


Just another example of “No, people are supposed to be terrified of numbers!” on NPR this morning. 4:30 Will Shortz introduces this weeks “number puzzle,” a “not very hard” one, in his words. The puzzle has a six-ring target with assorted numbers that you’d score for hitting it, which I don’t recall. (I think […]

Learning Styles

July 6, 2014


So once agains somebody says: “There are no learning styles, and if there are, they’re dead.” (Okay, that’s not exactly what they said, but… it’s a long story.) Let’s not throw the shampoo out with the bath water, though. I think it’s pretty important to understand that there *are* ways of organizing information in our […]

Proportionally yours, CONNECT

January 16, 2014


Students are learning about Pie Charts in Math LIteracy, including reading an article with a pie chart of the number of pizza stores by brand (lots of the big chains, and “independent”), and the sales $$. It’s fascinating watching most students make the connections between those formulae etc and … something with meaning. What *could* […]

Seth Godin

December 28, 2013


Just listened to Seth Godin’s take on “educational reform.” I want some backup to the notion that the purpose of schools has been to prepare people to sit still in factories. I have this funny feeling that it’s like that “drink 8 glasses of water a day!” thing — everybody assumes that somebody’s done the […]

May 28, 2013

0   Dan Willingham and Doug Lemov being interviewed, discussing the role of failure.  Lemov’s book is “Practice Perfect” and he says that practicing failure makes us better at failing… which is what I’ve claimed happens all the time in math, unfortunately for an awful lot of students who manage to get passing *grades.*   They’re […]