• March 1, 2021

Tags : tim holt

Op-Ed: Go Karts and Ed Tech

When I was but a lad, there were several go kart tracks in Northeast El Paso. One was at a miniature golf course which had an orange dinosaur, and one was dedicated solely to go karts farther north on Dyer street. I remember, as a 9 or 10 year old, the thrill of riding these […]Read More

Op-Ed: Librarians will restore your faith in America

It is easy to lose faith in America and the American way of life. Politicians certainly don’t do much to reaffirm the ideals of the founding fathers. The judiciary seems impotent to stop incompetent or just evil political parties and policies (as recently demonstrated in their deferral on radical political gerrymandering). People without means fall […]Read More

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Bring Back the News

When I was growing up, I listened to the radio stations KELP (920 AM), KINT (1600 AM) and XROK – which was from Juarez but had a killer signal that could be heard all the way down into Central America on a clear night. My Dad listened to KTSM (easy listening and a favorite of […]Read More

Op-Ed: Arsonists that put out their own fire

By now, you probably have heard that the just-concluded Texas legislative session included a massive $11 billion piece of legislation that overhauls many of the long-ignored issues in the state’s public education system. Good for them. Republican Governor “They Can Pry the Guns from My Cold Dead Hands” Abbott along with far Right radio host […]Read More

Op-Ed: Too much technology for parents to handle?

I once was asked to answer questions from a TV report about Ed-tech in the classroom. “Does your district provide classes or help for parents who are not comfortable with technology?” We had recently just completed a 1:1 roll out in our schools, and had also moved towards digital textbooks. The implication of the question, […]Read More

Op-Ed: Cruel Pedagogy – Adding to the List

Steve Wheeler came up with a 10 item list called “Cruel Pedagogy.” In it he lists ten things that teachers should do to be cruel while teaching; where the practice of teaching becomes a cruel experience for the students. It might very well be that the teacher is a nice person, but the pedagogy they use, […]Read More

Op-Ed: Every District Should Offer Students Online Classes

Recently, I attended the graduation of my step daughter from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) near Denver. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Yea, I got smart kids. Even my blended ones. The ceremony was small, as was expected from a school like RMCAD, but one thing during the ceremony struck me […]Read More

Op-Ed: Advice for Graduates: Learn to Play Scrabble

As the class of 2019 sets out into the new world, I thought I would share some words of advice that come not from me but rather from Scott Wakefield, an Assistant Professor, and Chair of Illustration at RMCAD in Denver. Professor Wakefield came up to my daughter after she had received her diploma and left her […]Read More

Op-Ed: Teacher Appreciation Week Needs to Go Beyond BOGO

Another May, another teacher appreciation day, week, or month, depending on who you ask. With the celebration came a slew of companies that were quick to jump on the “We Support Our Teachers” bandwagon. Typically, these businesses “supported” teachers by offering everything from a BOGO (Buy One Get One) deal for giant burritos (Chipotle) to […]Read More

Op-Ed: Ian Jukes gets InfoWhelmed, Proving Anyone can Fall for

Ian Jukes is a smart guy. He is one of the old guard of ed tech with a substantial resumé backed by decades of working with teachers and educational leaders. He has written several books on the “digital generation” as he calls it, the future of education and how our students should be digitally literate. He […]Read More