Shop Class as Soulcraft

Matt Crawford's Masterpiece...It might sound very tech-specific, but this book contains many education related thoughts.  Here are some of my favorite bits from Shop Class As Soulcraft, along with some observations (book quotes in white, comments in yellow):In schools we create artificial learning environments for our children that they know…

Credible Work

I just finished reading Matthew Crawford's "Shop Class for Soulcraft", a philosophical look at the value of skilled, physical labour.  Having come from a mechanical background into an academic one, a philosopher-mechanic's critical examination of the 'creative economy' we're all dying to jump into was refreshing.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12108000I've often missed the clarity and satisfaction…

Your Tech Cloud

I'm trying out some introductory ideas for computer studies in the Fall... Your tech cloud is the digital equivalent of 'who are you wearing?' on the red carpet at the Oscars, except for geeks.  And like high fashion, we fetishize the the personal electronics we surround ourselves with, identify with…

Digital Footprint 2.0

SOURCESThe source(s) of this post (and a good example of the richness of thinking you can get out of an online PLN):@MzMollyTL's Digital Footprint discussion from ECOO last year that stirred up the new teachers in my AQ.@melaniemcbride's comment on the sweatshop mentality of the always on teacher:https://twitter.com/melaniemcbride/status/230841214180683779@dougpete's blog on edublogging:http://dougpete.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-27/...which…