Reflecting back on Contemplative Computing

How might we continue to engage students in light of 21st Century Technologies? Related to that question is this case study on student engagement (i.e flow). It looks at flow in 526 high school students across the U.S.. Researchers measured engagement with these questions: How well were you concentrating? Did you find the activity interesting? Did you enjoy what you were doing?  When asked how we keep students engaged in light of 21st century technologies,  our fellow colleagues shared these strategies, feel free to add on. 

Book Club: The Distraction Addiction will begin again in October. Find out more about the book. This after school book club is open to all employees. The book club began last year and we'll be picking up where we left off: Chapter 5 (Deprogram) Sign up for the club. Copies of the book are still available for both interested faculty and staff. 

Design Thinking Workshop: Friend of Justin Christensen and fellow educator, Erik Burmeister, is offering a hands-on design thinking workshop for faculty in RedWood City (modeled after work from the Stanford d*school).  Mike Santos, Katy Dumas, Eric Castro, Justin and Jen attended last year. Seek one of them out for their experience in attending. What is design thinking and how does it apply to me as a teacher?  Email Jen if you are interested in the workshop.  More info here DT workshop. 

Google Summit: Get the most out of Google Apps: Get more info for this conference using this link: Google Summit is a two day conference on Sept 24 & 25 in Los Altos. Breakfast/Lunch included on both days. Brian M. and I will be attending. The following Google apps will be explored: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups. Other sessions offered will cover coding, Twitter, Ed Puzzle (blended learning tool). To view a sample schedule, click here.

The "T Shaped Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Technical Education, or Both?

In this Education Week article, researcher/writer Mark Tucker argues the importance of a “T shaped curriculum”, one that “goes very deep in a [technology] area, but sits on top of a very strong liberal arts foundation.” He argues that this education would prepare students with liberal arts skills to think, write logically, as well as be prepared with the skills to “hit the ground running with a strong technical education…an area in strong demand from employers.” Tucker writes that aside from the technical skills students need in order “to do the work” that modern society demands of them, they should also be informed and “responsible citizens who vote and can make well-informed decisions when they go to the polls.” In order to truly thrive and compete, “[students] need more arrows in their quiver”. He identifies a major issue:  “universities and colleges are offerings subjects “tied more to what interests the faculty rather than what students need to build a solid foundation.”

Rock the Vote with Canvas: Up Vote these features

"Publish/Unpublish All button" feature: 

"Protect Student Grading Information" feature:

"Message Students Who" feature:

We need at least 150 votes for these features to be escalated to the Canvas Engineering Team. It's simple to vote. Click the link, login using your Canvas account, take note of the voting period and when it's time, click vote up. Do you wish Canvas did something that it doesn't do now? View this doc, f you wish to share feature requests with your colleagues. Or Click this link to see if someone else has already suggested your idea.

SI students Vote on their Favorite Canvas Course Designs 2015-16

I used Wordle to capture student perceptions of last year's canvas course designs. Three areas of focus were simplicity, ease of use and how engaging they found online course materials. (*the size of the text relates to student responses, larger text equates to a large number of students submitting that response) Honorable mentions with the most votes from students include: Kate Kodros, Pedro Cafasso, Eric Castro, Lana Sum, Yosup Joo and Pat Lannan.  See graphic in order to identify teachers you can seek out in your departments. To view the full summary of student responses, click this Restless Pedagogue posting.

Which Canvas Course is the easiest to take online tests and quizzes in?



Test Piloting App

We are piloting this application which promises to monitor student activity during exams. Students are locked into the exam, preventing access to browsers, other apps or switching windows. A report is generated for the teacher flagging students who break away from the exam. Yosup, Eric and Pedro have been piloting this year. Reach out to them for feedback on usage. Last year Ray, Ethan, Joe and a few others also piloted the application. Click this link to install the application on your laptop or on your iPad.  Set up for a one to one with me if you wish to get training on how to use it in your class.  


JVLA Blended Learning course (online) October 30- November 20. The course promises to teach about the following: developing best practices with online teaching, various deliver modes, strategies and blended learning principles. It's a great way to connect with other Jesuit educators exploring with blended teaching and experience online learning as a student. 

Online and Blended Learning Conference in February  II. OESIS Los Angeles - February 22/23, 2017

Marking our 5th Anniversary, OESIS L.A. provides a special Program that looks at the state of learning innovation at independent schools across the US and how it has changed over the last 5 years. Submissions for presenting are now open.

Fab Learn at Stanford, October 14-16 

The FabLearn Conference brings together key influencers and thought-leaders from around the world in education, policy-making, academia, design, research, and maker communities to learn, present, and discuss digital fabrication in education, the maker culture, hands-on learning, and instructional tools. Register here:



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