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…

Expectations

In a very hands-on computer technology grade 12 class, we've built our own network from scratch and students have been working through the A+ CompTIA technician's course. The final goal of the course is to get students into the position of actually getting certified as PC technicians. If they go…

Digital Tribalism

Are we watching digital vandals sacking what's left of Rome? It can begin with something as ephemeral as truth, and quickly turn into a guerrilla war. Wikileaks only speaks the truth, and the digital tribes believe it's absolute. The words spoken and footage shown isn't the truth, it's too concrete,…

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…

Technology As Distraction

Tech In Ed link We have more computer access now than we've ever had before, both in and out of school.  We have more internet access now than ever before, both in and out of school.  This is all simple fact... The full non-twitterized quote was, "Great, I couldn't find…

Special Education

Near the end of my teacher's college program, Nipissing put on an assistive learning tools workshop. We were all duly wowed by the latest version of Dragonspeak, the latest in PDAs and how they could be used in learning, and a surprising array of speech, numeracy, literacy and subject specific…

Get off the Bus and Drive

The transition from institutionalized, single platform education technology to a decentralized model is in full swing at our school.  I'm getting blow back from various teachers who want things to remain as they've always been.  I don't think they mean ditto machines, facsimiles and telegrams, but they might.  There is always…

EdCamp Waterloo

My second EdCamp in the past six months, I guess I'm hooked.  EdCamp Waterloo Region was, like EdCamp Toronto, a chance to break the mold on how PD is done to us.I volunteered before hand to do a first round session mainly because, after seeing the nerves and reticence at EdCampTO, I…
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