Goodnight Moon is Now an App! What Do You Think?

The homepage of the Goodnight Moon iPad app.

The beloved children’s book, Goodnight Moon, is now an app. For $4.99, you can purchase the app from iTunes for use on an iPad. Now, you, your children, and your grandchildren don’t have to read Goodnight Moon in the old-fashioned way, holding a book, turning the pages, and so forth. Rather, the app will read [Read More...]

Deliberating on Digital: The Curious Case of the Mountain School

Part of the Mountain School in Vermont, from the school's website.

The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont has been living in a time warp. It lies far enough out in the woods so as to be relatively cut off from digital technology. Cell phones get a weak signal at best. If you want the Internet, you have to settle for dial up. Such literal distance from [Read More...]

Today’s Online Education: The Massive and the Intimate

Sanders Theater at Harvard University, filled to the brim with students for Michael Sandel's "Justice" course. In some years, this course included more than 1,000 students. I was a teaching fellow for this course when it began in the early 1980s. I led a couple of sections for discussion and graded my students' work.

The New York Times has christened 2012 as “The Year of the MOOC.” No, “MOOC” has nothing to do with the presidential election or with Hurricane Sandy. “MOOC” means “Massive Open Online Course.” It is the name for a new mode of online education. MOOCs are exploding in popularity. According to Laura Pappano, writing for [Read More...]

Digital Technology and Education: A Mixed Bag

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Is digital technology the savior of education? Or is it the destroyer of education? Or is it both . . . and neither? For quite a while now, we’ve been told that one of the big secrets for improving education is the Internet. If we want all students to learn, then we need to get [Read More...]