Razor’s Ed Show #17: The Death Throes of the Interactive White Board

A whiteboard

Has the interactive whiteboard technology run its course? Is it worth the time, money and effort to install? This week on the Razor's Ed, I look at interactive whiteboard technology and riff on if it is the right time to buy. Update: Word is the Reflection app is almost ready for PC beta testing. Stay tuned to their website for details … [Read more...]

Razor’s Ed Shall Return May 1

Sunrise and an Eagle

I received a message recently over Facebook asking when there would be more Razor's Ed podcasts. I was flattered that someone was actually listening to my words. I realize that I have not been attentive to developing my show more. I will remedy that next week with a new show at 6PM Tuesday night. It is a very difficult concept to pull off, this show. To be critical of educational topics on a … [Read more...]

All Things Are Changing, and We Are Changing With Them

"Heraclitus" by Hendrik ter Brugghen

All things are changing, and we are changing with them. The phrase in Latin is "Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis." This proverbial saying has also commonly be quoted as "Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis", meaning "The times are changed and we too are changed in them (or during them)." This idea is linked back to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus who is believed to have … [Read more...]

Make No Little Plans

Burnham 1909 Chicago Plan

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger … [Read more...]

Are You Hacking Branches, Or Are You Striking Roots?

A photo of author Henry David Thoreau

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, . . ." - Henry David Thoreau I recently had the immense pleasure of having been recommended and listened to a presentation given by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. The presentation was titled "How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It." In listening to the presentation, Lessig provided … [Read more...]

The New iBooks Release Means . . .

Textbooks

In 1999, Ruth Jaynes was my first-year teacher mentor. Ruth was tasked with giving me the run down on the inner workings of Sunnybrook School District 171. While we were going over curriculum, we talked about all subjects since I was going to have a self-contained class. The was particular passion when talking with Ruth about science. What was then told to me as we went over curriculum was that … [Read more...]

Razor’s Ed Show #16: The Media Focus Is All Wrong . . . Again.

Razor's Ed with James O'Hagan

Once again, the national media has made the focus on stuff in the classroom, and NOT on educational pedagogy. This story on NBC Nightly News focuses on The Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, California. The Waldorf School does not include high tech devices in their educational curriculum. That I have no problem. Listen on to hear where the problem absolutely lies in this story. Show … [Read more...]

California COULD Be A Leader Again in Higher Education, But . . .

"Junipero Serra Statue"

A ruling by the California Supreme Court granted illegal aliens in-state tuition to all public California universities as long as they completed at least three years of high school and graduated in California. What was given little notice, but made a huge impact in my yearning for more education is that people living out of state who also graduated from a California high school are eligible for … [Read more...]