Dancing in the Datasphere

From the Prezi brainstorming graphical interface: http://prezi.com/mlmks5pq65dz/dancing-in-the-datasphere/If we live in an increasingly data-rich, but resource poor world, what do we need to do as teachers to give our students a fighting chance?There is no reason to assume that Eric Schmidt is blowing smoke.  If we really are generating this much information,…

22C Ed: Gaming School

Kyle looked at the stairs going up to the next floor, he couldn't unlock the door to them, but he could peer through the small windows to the painted walls and carpeted floors beyond.He looked down at his student badge, under his name and next to his picture it still…

stupid is as stupid does

Digital technology has gotten this reputation for curing all our ills as far as student engagement goes. The logic you hear often sounds like, "give the digital natives the technology and sit back! Prepare to be amazed!"I happened to see "Chalkboard Jungle" on the weekend before my first year teaching…

The Perfect Interface

Thinking about tablets recently, I've been trying to imagine what the perfect online interface would be. Since getting a smartphone and doing the Web2.0 thing, I'm finding I don't go to the internet like I used to, getting online is now a micro event, not the main event. Web2.0 wants…

Types of Genius

I just re-read a fantastic article in WIRED about types of genius. After examining art history, an economics professor noticed two distinct expressions of genius. There is the Conceptualist, who usually goes right after her goals with a preconceived notion of how to get there. Conceptualists usually peak early and…