Tough Durable Tech

Tough tech!This is one of my favorite bits of digital technology:  A Casio Pathfinder wrist watch.  What's so cool about a watch you ask?  They're SOOO 20th Century!Well this one is also an altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer.  It's also a stop watch, alarm clock and just plain old watch. But…

Internet At Home/Internet At School

All stats are derived from the November 2010/January 2011 Centre Wellington DHS blended learning career studies pilot (102 students in four sections).   More than 75% of my students have high speed internet access at home.  This internet access offers stable multi-megabit per second through-put, allowing for instant web access.  These students…

Best advice on blogging

Fourteen months into Dusty World and I'm approaching 5000 views, which is exciting. When I started blogging after ECOO 2010, I did some reading about just how to do it.  A couple of suggestions have borne up well after fourteen months of blogging, but they aren't your typical how-to-drive-page-views blog…

Pennsylvanian Autumn Colours

I've been thinking about an Appalachian ride, but didn't get around to it this year.  So here is a nice travel idea for an end of year ride before the snows fall... Saturday, October 20:  Ride from Elora to Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (~350kms) Sunday, October 21:  Cross Fork/Snow Shoe/Jersey Shore loop (~360kms) Monday,…

Taylorism In Edtech

I've just taken over as the tech-support teacher for my high school after a brief absence.  I don't generate technical problems, so I was right out of this jet stream until I came back in to manage it again. Our first issue involved our student database system (Maplewood) being programmed…

Own Your Digital Self

William Gibson (@greatdismal himself) on our changing mindscape: At the last Educational Computing Conference in Ontario, there were a lot of presentations on digital footprints.  In every case, a few, older Luddites were struggling against a perceived loss of privacy while everyone else was being (as @greatdismal says above so well) 'benignly…

Gaming Insanity

A game is a deceit, designed to entertain.  If that entertainment becomes a perceived memory, and the actions in it something you believe you actually did, then what is the difference between you and someone with an associative disorder who thinks that they are Stalin?  Both experiences are fabricated on beliefs…

Three Years Out

Here we are at the beginning of 2012.  Our board is having a learning fair at the end of the summer (9 short months away) and they are looking at 21st Century learning and technology as a focus. My suggestion is three years of time travel.  It doesn't sound like much,…

Architect of the Future

I just read @banana29's "Emergence of Web3.0" blog on the immediate future of the web.  Web3.0, if Alanna is on her game (and I know she is), looks like the next step in managing our data meltdown.Last year ended with me in a dark and questioning place about the effects…
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