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Blackboard Learn Sucks, Again – Or, Teaching with Twitter

The Blackboard app sucks more than Blackboard itself. We all know that the mobile app is teacher unfriendly. In fact, it’s downright teacher-hostile. Teachers cannot access the grade center, or grade anything, which renders Blackboard Mobile pointless for teachers. The app’s limited uses are (1) loading up docs; (2) posting last minute announcements while you’re at a red light because…

Link: Gratitude or Debt

Give me gratitude or give me debt: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/08/11/give-liberty-give-debt/ Remodel the kitchen or embrace what you have with gratitude and work for social justice instead? The choice should be easy, but it’s not. I admire this man and his family so much, especially now that I pay two mortgages and consider daily how to remodel this new home in the Northwoods.…

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A Winter’s Tale – Part 2

Windchills to 45 below zero. In other news, the deer are turning on their oppressors. Having befriended the deer, we are guiltless. We are on the right side of history. Deer fights back at hunter who shot her (in Wisconsin). And this is even better: Another day at the Wall, with all its fierce winter beauty. So far, we’re still…

The higher ed death rattle

As of today, students pay a larger percentage of their tuition at state schools than the state does. The humanities died in higher education a long time ago. Now, higher education itself is under threat. Until academics realize we lost certain battles, and we move strategically to different grounds, we will continue to lose the war. The fault is ours.…