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Beware The Dinosaur’s Lawyers!

Watching broadcast media, one of the giants birthed of industrialization in the Twentieth Century, struggle with the recent Olympics was enjoyable. Early on, CTV's London desk was showing video of a flash mob at Wimbledon.  The broadcast anchor said, "I don't get this at all, why would people do this?  What a waste…

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…

Finding The Edge

I turn fifty in a few months and the nature of aging occupies my mind.   The increasing worry is that I've done everything I'm going to do of note and the rest is just living in those memories, but I'm not happy with that diagnosis.  The way of things seems…

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…

Random Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry based learning is the current buzz in educational circles, but until we truly free students from the yoke of expectation, they can never be free to own their own learning.  In order to recognize the entirely arbitrary and capricious nature of the world, we take a page from Zen. The…

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…