USAID, World Learning, project


I’ve just finished an exciting consulting gig for World Learning on a USAID project with the Ministry of Education in Cairo, Egypt!

The project is called The Education Consortium for the Advancement of STEM in Egypt or (ECASE)

unit 1 reading the newsThis contract was a small part of the overall ECASE project. I helped find a suitable online platform to host three MOOC-type self-guided courses for 10th and 11th graders in the STEM high schools. These courses are to be completed with guidance from their teachers.

After conducting a needs assessment and choosing as the best, and really only, platform that could handle very unique requirements,  I collaborated with World Learning’s excellent Egypt team, the MOE, and teachers to build and test a demo course.

Debrief: Vermont Fest 2013 EdTech Conference, Killington, VT

General, lessons learned, Reports
Mike Beardsley presenting a basic math lesson in MindcraftEDU

Mike Beardsley presenting a basic math lesson in MindcraftEDU to about 70, standing room only, attendees. 

Just back from the Vermont Fest conference up at the Killington Grand Lodge. Here’s a breif report.

  • Our own graduate students Michael Beardsley, Sally Bisaccio, and core faculty Jane Wilde, had the most popular, standing room only, session with about 70 folks! They presented on the stunning effectiveness and potential of MindcraftEDU in the classroom. Here’s the Presentation materials.
  • Attendance was down a little bit, no readily apparent reason why. As a VITA-Learn board member, I can report that we’re excited to revitalize the next VITA-LEarn conference, Dynamic Landscapes (DL), with a Maker room (Rasberry Pi, Arduino, etc), and more workshop type presentations vs. stand and deliver. There’s also a possibility of housing at DL this year, we’ll see. Make sure to come up to Burlington this May 15 and 16 for DL! Also, keep your eye on the upcoming 1:1 Conference. See VITA-Learn events.
  • The VITA-Learn party was fun, great food, went late, and had a sauna. The heated outdoor pool is salt water now and a great break after a long day of sessions.
  •, the software company started by teachers in New Zealand to organize Google Docs for Education was the most exciting vendor for me. Our own Elizabeth MacCarthy showed it off to me. It’s excellent, as I had heard. We’re to the point with Putney Central School’s Google Apps for Education that we need it. I think we’ll have it installed soon! I’m excited to set it up, and manage the change management that will come with it.
  • The tools I ran into around the conference that keep getting better are: GoAnimate, Toontastic, Story Arc, Shelfari, Voice Thread, MindcraftEDU, and using Chromebooks for 1:1 programs that need  to have prioritize low IT support time and offline editing.

New EdTech videos from my program rock!


Luke over at Mondo Media Works has finished editing some great videos we have been working on to help people who are curious about Marlboro College Graduate School’s Educational Technology program.

We did a lot of interviews for this project. In the end the last spate of the interviews worked out the best since the students were fresh out of their Capstone Defense and had just walked up main street to Luke’s studio.

MAT Program Video

Caleb: What’s EdTech?

Drew: What’s EdTech?

Allen: What’s EdTech?

Cara: What’s EdTech?

Lisa: What’s EdTech?