“I Couldn’t Agree More” is Meh.

Feb 01

“I Couldn’t Agree More” is Meh.

First off, if you rarely read the comments in a blog, you ignore the fact that some of the best learning comes from those who respond and contribute additional ideas, perspectives and insights. Grant it, many spaces, like news sites and youtube are often places where civil discourse is difficult to find. But many blogs, particularly educational blogs offer some of...

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The Digital Divide: Live With It

Jan 29

The Digital Divide: Live With It

The term “digital divide” is often used to describe the inequity in regards to access and ability with technology. It’s a thing for sure. What I’m talking about here is the divide that digital brings in relation to our existing model of education. For years I’ve been hearing districts talk about “closing the achievement gap”....

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A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

Jan 20

A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

First off, my distain for the word is no secret. The word suggest authority and hierarchy. I suppose in some institutions that still works but as someone who has spent 25+ years in education and now works for a company that has a relatively flat organization in terms of leadership, this article is problematic is many ways. Whenever I come across something about...

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Do What You Love: A Selfish and Misguided Message

Jan 19

Do What You Love: A Selfish and Misguided Message

By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL [Do What You Love] distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment....

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2013: My Year In Numbers

Jan 11

I like data. There I said it. But the caveat is I like data that I choose and create, not necessarily data that someone thinks is important or useful. That may just be a topic I’ll explore in a future post. This post is more about fun and playing with data. Last year I created this video for 2012 and decided maybe I’d replicate it for 2013. My plan was to...

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When Sharing Goes Bad, Pithy Quote Fetish and Kids These Days

Jan 10

When Sharing Goes Bad, Pithy Quote Fetish and Kids These Days

I left a comment on Wes’ blog after this rather unfortunate event happened. I decided to repost here with a few additional thoughts and modifications.     I think there are three issues that come to mind for me: 1. It’s important we understand and accept the trade offs with technology. Too often we in the ed tech community have to oversell...

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Sustaining Digital Literacy

Jan 08

Sustaining Digital Literacy

I’m excited to be teaching a course in a few weeks for Wilkes University called “Sustaining Digital Literacy” as part of the new EDGE offering. Essentially this is a great way to quickly get yourself up to speed with emerging technologies. The course I’m offering focuses on a few things: Finding trusted people who are doing the heavy lifting...

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