God hates a Coward *updated July 31 2015*

This week Americans were able to cut through the rhetoric and rationalizations to see one very real aspect of being Black in America when a campus cop shot a young man named Samuel Dubose in cold blood. Cincinnati officials didn’t try to whitewash this, make excuses or exonerate the officer. “This was a chicken**** stop.” Yes- it was and it’s caught on tape for a nation to see. Samuel Dubose is reported to be a peace-loving person. He’s no one’s definition of aRead more

Teachable Moment: Cecil the Lion CCSS Lesson

Cecil the Lion – Teachable Moment – CCSS 9th – 10th Grade CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns. Resources: Hang the Dentist:  http://www.youngcons.com/peta-wants-the-dentist-who-killed-cecil-the-lion-to-be-hanged/ Hunt was Legal: http://www.cnhinews.com/news/article_f509f158-35e5-11e5-b3fb-1f59985ee66e.html Hunters fight Back: http://news.yahoo.com/hunters-fight-back-cecil-killing-154302748.html Internet OutrageRead more

Huckabee on Obama: Propoganda from a good man who ought to know better

For once, I agree with Jeb Bush. It isn’t so much that what Huckabee said is “wrong”. It is not so much that it was inappropriate or offensive. I really am not offended by any of it. What Huckabee said is simply and completely shocking. Shocking in its intent, and shocking in its implications. After about a month of seeing hate crimes that occur as a result of propoganda whether that propoganda is in terms of white supremecy or endRead more

The UAS ED Tech Program has a new name: Introducing the Masters Degree in Learning Design and Technology

The UAS Ed Tech program has a new name. The new degree is called Learning Design and Technology. It builds on the areas of excellence from the old Educational Technology degree and adds a few new twists, to make it a highly relevant degree program for the 21st Century Teacher. The new name emphasizes the ubiquitousness of technology in today’s world. Unlike the Educational Technology programs of the 90s and oughts, this program focuses on leading technology initiatives, designing effectiveRead more

Cotton Mather has to go: What teachers can do to stop mass shootings

It occurs to me that we are THERE. When I was in graduate school, my doctoral advisor told me that the internet was pretty dangerous. It was like a library where anyone could write a book, and throw it in the window. At that time we used to marvel that anyone other than our responsible news anchors (Brokaw, Jennings, & Rather) would be able to shape what we believed. We talked about how important critical thinking was and would beRead more

It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want: The sacred nature of “tradition” and the south

This isn’t a post about technology. I have been itching to make this post for a few weeks and haven’t because I’ve been hung up with the fact that this blog is supposed to help teachers with technology. But there are social issues brewing, and my home state is currenty divided and struggling with ghosts of our past. Hence the title. And I really want to post about this. Even though it could cause my parents some grief. Please, myRead more