Teaching today is like the new blogging

Today teaching is like the new blogging, a way to work through problems in your head, identify assumptions you didn’t know you had, break down things into simple solutions, grow a following and of course make money.

It seems obvious now, but I didn’t always think of teaching in this way. To me teachers were those silent heroes. You know, the ones that endure nagging kids 7 hours a day, are under-appreciated, under-paid, and over-worked.

But with the advent of online education platforms we can all be teachers, learn more about ourselves in…

Don’t Learn. Do.

So you have this “new thing” you want to learn how to do. And you don’t know how to learn it so you look on google and read some forums and you’re overwhelmed with all the information. You have this mountain in front of you that you want to conquer and a confusing “road map” to do so.

“Well let’s get a better road map.” You google and search Amazon for the best beginner guides or websites on the subject — in our case mountain. You then go out and buy one or a couple of the currently “cool and…

Coming to you live from the streets of Tallahassee is this week’s HTML/CSS trick! Ok so maybe it’s not live but I’m still excited for it…

I want to talk to you about the background-size property of cover. Cover is awesome to use when you want a splash page and/or any time you want a full page background Image. Some examples Include:

Splash page: see how it covers the page and there is no scroll bar on the right

Don’t be like @EvilErin Follow this guide:

NOTE: I’ve intentionally made this article all text and images. I’d love to hear which format you like — this versus video — in the comments below.

So you have this knowledge of HTML and CSS and you want to start making money by building sites for clients. Or maybe you want to expand your skills and dabble in the wild world of WordPress. Then this article is for you. No desire to learn WordPress, that’s fine. Just concentrate on the first section of this article — finding your design.

But first let’s set the stage…

WordPress is great! You…

Alright, alright, alrightttt… Welcome to September and our HTML tricks month!

From here on each month will have it’s own theme. During that month we’ll be posting weekly — sometimes more — tricks and lessons around that theme on here as well as sharing posts to other great articles focusing on the theme from our twitter account. So make sure to follow us on twitter so you don’t miss out

Without further ado let’s get down to business. Originally in our courses we showed our students how to put up sites via Dropbox. Now when you do this you don’t…

The below video walks you through how I routinely save $50–100+ every night I travel which adds up to $1,000s saved each year for me:


Two weeks ago a friend and I were heading to New Orleans to watch 4.0 Schools pitch night (side not: if you’re interested in EdTech or anything to do with improving education check them out! Seriously do it they’re awesome). I booked us a hotel room and saved over $100. She was there when I did it and was amazed. “How in the hell did you just do that?!”

How I Did It

It’s quite simple really. As always I waited till the last second. However I wasn’t procrastinating, there is a method to my madness.

How A Hotel Works

I’m sure you know this, but in…

Have you always wondered about this mystical world of websites and how to make them?

Or thought it would be too hard to learn?

Or just don’t know where to start?

Well don’t worry, soon (less than 20 hours) you will laugh in the face of CSS and HTML and be on the way to learning bigger and better things.

The goal of this article is to take a person completely new to building websites (HTML and CSS) and to have their first site up in less a week. …


Make — v.

  1. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create
  2. To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct
  3. To form by assembling individuals or constituents
  4. To achieve, produce, or attain: made peace between the two sides; not making sense; didn’t make the quota.

Maker-based education is about making makers. Powerful individuals that make. See, the word make itself is powerful. The very word make can mean many things, but stems from “to cause to exist or happen; bring about; create”.

Make things happen. Make businesses. Make kickass products. Make money. Make a change. Make…

The difference between those that do and those that wish

“The world around us today is full of the impossible. Electricity. Flying. Your TV. The computer, tablet, and phone.” — Vincent Hunt

In the past year I’ve been around some cool things created out of nothing. Landon, with the help of some of us, created Miles 2 Give from nothing. There was no user manual on how to create it. It had never been created before. There were no due dates. No one to tell him when the run should start. No one to tell him where to end. …

Addressing online education’s low completion rates and how to turn them around

A lot has been written lately on the low completion rates of online learning. And since MOOCs and online education aren’t going anywhere, but only going to become more prevalent its more than worth a look.

New York Times declared 2012 “The Year of the MOOC”. Sites like Udacity, CoursEra, and Kahn Academy are attracting users by the millions. Across the world eager learners are able to receive access to world-class education that would usually cost $50,000 for FREE. SERIOUSLY, think about that. You could now get a Harvard or Stanford education for free. …

Ryan Bonhardt

Founder @ www.makerbased.com. I’m passionate about improving education and the way people learn.

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