The Lab That Isn’t A Lab

Originally published way back in 2012 when I had the comp-tech department land on me with 3 days notice!  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-lab-that-isnt-lab.html I'm teaching Computer Engineering in a school computer lab.   It's the nicest lab in the school, and I don't want it any more. I recently described it to my…

ASU/GSV Summit

I went to the strangest education conference of my career this past couple of days.  Wikispaces invited me down to attend and what a learning experience it was.  Surrounded by a struggling US education system that spends more and produces less than our own, I found it difficult to follow the circumstances they've…

Setting the Stage

I somehow managed to fanangle my way into an Edtech symposium this week on the sustainable development of digital technology in education. Amidst former deputy ministers of education, board CIOs and other provincial education types I got to see the other side of the equation.This year as head of Computers/IT…

Behold! The Essay-inator!

In this corner, weighing in as the inevitable future, I give you: the writing algorithm!... and in this corner, weighing in as a lazy, nineteenth century habit that no one can shake: tedious, overly structured High School English writing!The trick is going to be creating an algorithm that plagiarism checkers…

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…

Death of Vision

I was listening to CBC radio the other day and Ideas had a review of the repatriation of the Canadian Charter.  One of the people pondering the politics of the day noted that modern politicians don't stand for anything.  They remorselessly chase poll numbers, trying to place themselves in front…

Shop Class as Soulcraft

  Originally published on Dusty World in way back in August of 2012: https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/shop-class-as-soulcraft.html 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 in blue: In schools we create artificial…

Media Arts Lab 2.0

Redesigning media arts to create, not consumehttp://prezi.com/9ow8h2urx1va/dream-media-arts-lab/The Macs in our media arts lab are getting old and plastic.  They can't push the high-def video coming out of our latest cameras, so it's time for a hardware upgrade, but it's not just about the hardware.One of the biggest problems we face…

Part 1: Magical Technologists

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke I'm reading Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near, and in the opening he compares computer programs to Harry Potter's magical spells.  It seemed spurious when I read it, but now I'm wondering how it looks from other eyes. I'm the…