The End of Public Education

A timely article in 2019, but I originally wrote it in 2014:  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-end-of-public-education.html   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…

The Diversifying Consumer VR Landscape

One of our student built PCs immersing a UGDSBeducator in To The Beat: a student built VR game. We started exploring virtual reality almost two years ago in my senior computer technology classes.  In that time we've completed a Ministry of Education research grant, presented at several conferences and built over…

What’s In a Name?

Originally published on Dusty World in March of 2019:  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/whats-in-name.html Last year we drove across Canada.  We were having breakfast in Drumheller, Alberta when a big family came in.  The grandfather/patriarch of the family was talking to a granddaughter he obviously dotes over.  She was going into high school the next fall…

Agility Dies As Ontario Stiffens

While I was attending the Future of Work Summit with ICTC at the MaRS Centre in Toronto, just down the street Ontario's teacher unions were having their yearly meetings.  The social media runoff from those meetings, and from Ontario Education in general, has been increasingly and overwhelmingly negative.  As I'm…

The Digital Divide is Deep and Wide

The idea of computer technical proficiency has come up many times over the years on Dusty World.  Whether you want to call it digital literacy, digital fluency,  or twenty-first Century skills, there is obviously a big gap in the computer user skills we're graduating people with.  This isn't a new…
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