No iPad? No problem. Make a multimedia etext with iAuthor and share it with your students for free on any computer.

I wanted to make a multimedia etext for students, but ran into a little trouble. One, our students don’t have iPads to read the new iBooks created from iAuthor, and two, they aren’t getting them anytime soon.

But no worries, I found a way to create rich multimedia etexts or learning modules that your students can download for free on a Mac or PC. They can even take notes on it, highlight passages, and search through the entire text for a word or phrase. Read the rest of this entry »


What is “Positive Technology”?

Positive Technology is my spin on Positive Psychology. I used to teach a class in Positive Psychology and I loved the focus on using our minds to create engagement, flow and happiness in our lives. I see technology in the same way. It can be used to make us better people and improve our world.

As a technology coordinator, I am charged with the task of helping teachers to integrate technology into their curriculums. Teachers frequently ask, “What program/app/web 2.0 thing should I use?” and my answer is always, “What are you trying to teach, and what skill or character trait would you like your students to develop?”

  • Trying to teach math concepts? Khan Academy might help.
  • Trying to teach compassion? Go to and teach students how a class fundraiser of $120 can buy a pig that will change an impoverished child’s life.
  • Trying to teach critical thinking and problem solving? Let your students embark on ThinkQuest competition.

Positive Technology is all about putting human development and global improvement first, and using technology to support it.

Help create a comprehensive Global Education Resources database

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Global Education Resources Database – help add to it!

Global Education is a compelling term that is getting a lot of use these days, which is great. But what exactly does it mean? Different things to different people, I’m sure, but here are my definitions:

  1. Education is a basic human right (see the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26)

  2. Everyone is entitled to a quality, free education

  3. Global education is about sharing resources, collaborating, and learning from each other

  4. Global education helps all students to become global citizens, something our students need to prepare for their futures

  5. Technology can help create educational equity and a flat education – leveling the educational playing field

To further our understanding of Global Education, I have begun compiling a list of resources.

Click here to see the spreadsheet of Global Education Resources.

*Please add your recommendations to the database by filling out the short survey below.

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog. I just moved here after I recently outgrew my other online home. This is where I’ll share my ideas and inspirations relating to technology education and the role technology can play in disrupting education. I’m all about flat education, so my blog will have a bias towards global education, tech equity, education as a basic human right, open course curriculum and online learning. I hope you’ll visit often!

12 Reasons Why We Need Technology in Education

1. Makes learning mobile, students can learn outside of the school walls and beyond the bell schedule.
2. It empowers students to learn on their own, follow their passions, create, innovate and build knowledge.
3. It affords them a level of communication and collaboration never before possible. This has two major advantages:
  • It allows them to communicate with others not in their geographic location, opening up new perspectives;
  • It helps them develop team working skills, necessary in today’s world where the problems are best solved by many minds working together. Read the rest of this entry »

Translating the Internet

A few days ago Allie, my 13 year old daughter, and I had fun translating phrases into Haitian Creole on Google Translate and playing back the audio to practice our budding language skills. I can’t tell you how surprised I was to see that Haitian Creole (or Kreyol) is one of Google’s translated languages. Since my goal is to set up Presto! Classrooms in Haiti in the future, I was thrilled to discover this. Not only could we translate phrases, but we can also put the language of choice icon on our browser toolbar and by clicking on it, translate any web page we’re visiting into that language. Amazing. Read the rest of this entry »