Naked Lies

When you're using digital tools to assist your writing process, you're not only getting grammar and spelling support, but you're also performing your writing process in a fishbowl.  It's amazing how many digital natives seem to be unaware of this.  When you create online you're creating in a radically transparent…

The End of Public Education

What if public education was merely the result of the need for factory workers in a newly industrialized society?  What if education has never been anything more than an expression of economic need? I was directed to this interview about capitalism and education by the wise woman of twitter.  It always…

Tao of Teaching

Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching The best education is the one no one notices, the people are free to go about the business of realizing their potential.   The next best is the education that is loved, though this distracts people from realizing their potential in favour of…

Binary Thinking

More notes from Phoenix, along with some editorializing: Education is an analogue, non-linear, complex, biological process because we are non-linear, complex, biological organisms.  Data and the technology that produces it are none of those things.  Data might point to a vanishingly small piece of this complex puzzle, but it will…

Moving the Needle

Originally published on Dusty World in May of 2014 . There were a number of incisive and critical reviews of both the U.S. education system and the role education technology plays in it at this year's ASU/GSV Summit in Phoenix.  Constance Steinkuehler mentioned data exhaust, which I've already mulled over.…
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