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Dear Colleagues,

You have recently received several handouts from the New Action caucus touting their opposition credentials. While I support many, if not all, of the goals set out in these handouts, I found it disingenuous that hey failed to make clear...Show More Summary


As spring increasingly asserts its will in a back-and-forth battle with winter, the temperature swings are creating wild effects here at Paul Lake. A couple weeks back, a long stretch of very warm temperatures had melted an inch of water … Continue reading ?

Middle Aged Gaming

We bought a new Xbox during the Christmas holidays, complete with Kinect. Apart from the bundled games, the first game my youngest son bought was NBA 2K13 as the house has sort of gone basketball mad over the last 18 months. Despite my interest in games, I have never really gotten into any serious games. [...]

The velveteen touch of a dandy fop

Closed until further notice shared CC by simon.hucko I may not get a lot of readers here in my cozy little lovenest of ed tech subversion, but I couldn’t ask for a better class of visitor to drop by… Witness … Continue reading ?

Robots take one step closer to planetary dominion

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

We're seen how the Big Dog robot can stomp around. Now it can also pick up and toss huge cinderblocks over its "shoulder." Presumably to destroy human rebels. Watch the video of humanity's overlords to come in action: One commentato...

Cereal and Success

Over the last couple weeks, This American Life has had a couple of amazing episodes looking at Harper High School in Chicago. This excerpt from the second episode - where a hungry kid gets some food - stuck with me. Ben Calhoun is the...Show More Summary

Teabaggers All

The new line from UFT leadership is that anyone who opposes junk science evaluation, which they helped write into the law, is a Tea Partier. To them, this is code for people who just say no to everything--they are simple-minded, contrarian galoots who speaks only to hear the sound of their own voices, or to create problems for no reason whatsoever. Show More Summary

Painted into a Corner

There's an interesting UFT commercial airing right now. It criticizes Mayor Bloomberg, rightly so, for being an intransigent galoot. But it goes on to demand a fair evaluation system. Now, who, aside from Mayor Bloomberg, could oppose such a thing? Not I. Show More Summary

TTT#327 Two Teachers Listening to Two Students for One Day on Earth with Kelsey Shelhart and Erika Auger 12.12.12

On this episode of TTT, two students, Erika Auger (9th Grader from Wiscasset, Maine) and Kelsey Shelhart (8th Grader from Wheatfield, Indiana) join Paul Allison (NYC) and Monika Hardy (Loveland, Colorado) to tell stories that answer a couple of questions posed by our friends at One Day on Earth: What do you have? What do [...]

The very bad Spirit of Christmas

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Here's some Christmas horror, of the brief and disturbing sort: "The Spirit of Christmas." Not safe for children: (via Nicole Cushing)

Christmas with the devil

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Here's a musical celebration of Christmas, Infocult-style: Christmas with the Devil, by Spinal Tap. (thanks for the reminder, Peter Naegele)

TTT#324 Session at NCTE – Open Learning: Empowering Teachers Through Professional Development – Chair, Karen Fasimpaur 11.17.12

Enjoy this special episode of TTT, recorded in Las Vagas. We live-streamed our session and this is a recording of that event. Here's the program description: This panel will discuss innovative models of professional development that include peer collaboration, self-directed learning, active involvement, and learning communities. We will give models for using social media for [...]

The decay of videotape

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

What can we learn from signal decay? This video project tracks a short 1980s music video clip through successive copies. From the 1st to 23rd iterations we watch the image and sound degrade: Think of the mysteries which emerge as...

A tasty cannibal feast

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

One chocolatier is in tune with 2012's cannibal theme. They offer us tasty baby heads: "i could eat you up!" "You look good enough to eat!"... if you're a white chocolate fan (Infocult certainly is). Saramin reminds us of the...

I’ve got your content right here

I was engaging in a mobile strategy session with a small not-for-profit the other day, and naturally it became an overall technology strategy session, as you really can’t do mobile strategy without considering social media strategy, learning technology strategy, even enterprise technology strategy. Mobile is a platform for all of the above, and you One [...]

The voice of the doll

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Here's a short clip of Thomas Edison's phonograph doll speaking. The images are nice: (thanks to Jesse Walker)

Mourning the dead in World of Warcraft

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

How do Warcraft players memorialize their dead friends? A new Game Studies paper a Here's one example: The Shrine of the Fallen Warrior can found on top of a small, difficult to climb mountain, a short distance west of the...

The Romney Zombie a la Whedon

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The zombie politics theme keeps lurching along, showing new undead life in the American president election. Today's instance comes from Joss Whedon, who makes the Romney-zombie equation. It's the Zomney: (thanks to Amanda)

Aickman's ghostly tales

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

MetaFilter has a fine post for Robert Aickman resources. I especially like the focus on anthologies Aickman edited. Plus this short video adaptation of one tale:

Humanity in limbo

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"The Origin of Creatures" is a short video about something strange happening in a post-apocalyptic city. Amidst the ruins body parts appear, move, and start to build. The Origin of Creatures from floriskaayk on Vimeo. (via Vice Motherboard)

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