Posts Tagged: education

Facebook, school expulsions, and stupid parents

I watched Global National tonight and ended up laughing out loud when this story aired. Turns out that a grade eleven student in Abbotsford, B.C. created a Facebook group titled “If 200 people sign this, I’ll kick (teacher Pat Mullaney) in the box.” Obviously the school wasn’t too happy about that and they suspended the… Reads more »

Graduation Day at the U of A

After six long years, I finally walked across the stage today at the Jubilee Auditorium to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta. I am now the proud holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences (Minor in Economics). For me, graduating from university is a stepping stone to bigger and… Reads more »

Podcasting Lectures at the U of A

Duane Szafron is a Computing Sciences professor at the University of Alberta. He’s also a podcaster. Sadly, being both a podcaster and a professor is currently a fairly rare combination, but I hope the work of Szafron and others will change that: “I think it makes it harder for people who give fairly boring lectures…. Reads more »

Why do we still teach cursive handwriting?

I’m generally pretty happy whenever I get the opportunity to show off my Tablet PC, especially when my audience has never seen one before. It happened again Friday afternoon, and the expected “oohs” and “ahhs” filled the room. Usually I fold up my tablet so that the keyboard is hidden, and then I encourage onlookers… Reads more »

MTV buys RateMyProfessors.com

If you’re a college or university student you have probably heard about RateMyProfessors.com. The site has been around since 1999 and now boasts almost 7 million ratings from over 6000 schools, making it pretty valuable to MTV: RateMyProfessors will become a part of MTV Network’s mvtU.com, an online channel of job listings, philanthropy projects, campus… Reads more »

Education is about grading – and that sucks

It is no secret that I have a lot of issues with our education system. I think there are lots of things that could be done better, especially fixing this: “All through school, from kindergarten up, you were taught that mistakes are a bad thing. You were downgraded for the mistakes that you made. It… Reads more »

Boring podcasts are not the answer!

Another day, another educator fighting podcasting because she fears students will not attend class. Liz Dreesen is a general surgeon lecturing at the University of North Carolina, and her students have asked her to podcast her anatomy lectures. She doesn’t want to do it: I want the medical students also to learn the importance of… Reads more »

Maclean’s sucks up to the U of A

I don’t know about you, but today I lost all remaining respect that I had for Maclean’s magazine. The annual ranking of Canadian universities came out, and the University of Alberta placed first in the reputational ranking. Kind of suspect, don’t you think, considering the U of A led the charge to boycott the rankings… Reads more »