The Digital Narcissist

How We Build Digital Narcissists Narcissus fell in love with his own image while staring into the water.  That kind of self-infatuation is difficult to come by in our world with its relentless competition and big problems; you can't help but feel humble before what faces us. Fortunately, many first world…

ASD Heroes and Where To Find Them

Seeing a neuro-atypical hero who resembles yourself is jarring.Seeing one that defies toxic masculine stereotypes is thrilling, bad probably for business.  People prefer reductive stereotypes. Throughout my life I've been kindly described by friends and family as 'marching to the beat of a different drummer'. In less supportive circumstances I've…

Bike Hole

No room for a car, but a bike... A long Canadian winter approaches.  Rather than look longingly out into an unusable, uninsulated garage full of junk I'm getting my home reno on and finishing it. It's supposed to be a single car garage, but with the vent system intrusions and…

Free Range Computing

Originally published on Dusty World in October of 2013: I'd initially gone into teaching computer technology with pi in the sky (sic) daydreams of students working entirely on open source hardware and software that they have assembled and coded themselves, free from the evil influences of corporations.  After attending ECOO…

Sidecar for my Side Kick

Side cars are cool!I've been thinking about getting a second bike, one that lets me do some distance with my son (and wife if I can convince her).  I'd initially wanted to get a Royal Enfield with a side car so we could Harry Potter it up.Like a fish in water.All together…

BYOD: Build Your Own Device

Proof of mastery: you build your own tools.Perhaps we can work this Jedi logic into education?  Want to make use of educational technology?  Unless you've built it yourself you don't get free access, you haven't demonstrated competence!  Access to technology based on demonstrated understanding rather than the net income of…

The Value of Losing

Originally published October, 2013 on Dusty World. I'm currently teaching two grade nine classes of introduction to computers and coaching the senior boys soccer team.  In both situations I'm trying to understand and develop their response to failure.  This is something we're singularly bad at in education.  Instead of developing…

ECOO 2013 Cometh

Last year I was getting primed for ECOO 2012 by constructing a process for transitioning from school provided, generic educational technology to a bring-your-own-device learning situation.  The idea was to assist this evolution toward personalized technology following some sort of pedagogical imperative rather than what appears to be a financially…
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