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We’re going to be starting up an online class about teaching online classes and we’re doing some small “daily create” type activities. In this case people are asked to sign up for a gravatar and then reflect on why they chose that image. As part of the practice-what-you-preach initiative I figured I’d say why I’ve… Read More

Turning “Collaboration” Into a Bad Word

Author's Note: This post was originally posted April 12, 2015. It is being reposted in light of the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers and United Federation of Teachers supporting a corporate education reformer for New York State Education Commissioner. Show More Summary

Take a walk deep into the uncanny valley with these creepybots

This page does serious Infocult work in aggregating seven examples of creepy robots. Specifically, each of these tries hard to imitate the human form. And fails right through the uncanny valley. Unfortunately, when you see it in action, what you...

Top 10 Security Tips for Teachers and Administrators

"Most networks," I remember reading (no source, sorry), "are built like a medieval castle. Once you get past the moat, the castle wall with archers and infantry armed with boiling pitch, you have relatively free access to the castle grounds." Of course, the article was more succinct. Show More Summary

Common Sense in Philadelphia

This sacrifice of common sense is the certain badge which distinguishes slavery from freedom; for when men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. Thomas Paine On Tuesday, May 19 th voters in...Show More Summary

Revisiting #OER, #OpenAccess, Plagiarism and Writing

" For democracy to flourish, citizens need free and open access to ideas. In today's digital age, this means access to information and ideas online." (Source: The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report) Source: 9 Minute Open Access...Show More Summary

Break New Ground

Source: Are you changing to match new circumstances, or remaining the same in alignment to the past? Or, put another way, How can we adjust to change while remaining the same? I'm not sure, but it's something that...Show More Summary

Thomas Ligotti meets standup comedy

When, oh when will comedy finally feel the influence of Thomas Ligotti? This short clip suggests the time is now. Nina Conti starts a ventriloquist routine with some good jokes, then quickly gets meta, then heads into very creepy territory....

Looking Back: The Value of the Archive

In the age of instant and public publishing, what’s trending now seems to be what we focus on most. What someone wrote last month, last year or even 20 years ago seems less relevant that what comes across our various feeds today. One of the great promises of digital is it’s ability to archive and […]

My Twitter Evolution – Episode 1

I joined Twitter in November of 2007 which is roughly seven and half years ago. That’s a fairly long time and both my use and my thoughts about Twitter changed quite a bit over that time. Consider that Twitter only produced about 5,000 tweets a day back 1 then compared to 50 million a day… Read More

Abbey is pretty demanding ...

... but it's important to listen to her. Her library is not the library I grew up with... it's better! (at least i hope) Video for VALA 2010, Melbourne, Australia

Chicago Chosen as Site of Obama Library

After 14 months of deliberations, the Barack Obama Foundation (BOF) chose the University of Chicago to host the Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on Chicago’s South Side. The four finalists, selected from a pool of 13 applicants...Show More Summary

#UVaTeach Reflection

I had an interesting day at UVA a few days ago as part of their Innovation in Pedagogy Summit. I got the chance to talk to UVA’s Teaching Resource Center group and listen to some interesting educators talk about their practice. I was the closing keynote and I talked, as I have before, about what… Read More

Randi Weingarten: Sleight of Hand Artist - Part 2

This article was originally posted on Schools Matter on April 22nd. Due to formatting problems some may have found it difficult to read. It is therefore being reposted due to its importance. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the oldest and most influential of the pro-business right-wing think tanks. Show More Summary

Separate or Keep Together?

Many book stores separate fiction into genres. Some libraries do it too. Should you?

Could Anything Good Ever Come from the Crappy Ideas of Ed. "Reform"?

A student first informed me of this story--which turns out to be true. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed a successful program to convert poop to drinkable water. Using a machine called the omniprocessor, high levels of heat are applied during a purification process, seemingly defying common sense, but apparently not science. Show More Summary

Divide and Conquer: The Philadelphia Story

Leading Philadelphia mayoral candidates Anthony Williams and James Kenney Everyone concerned about corporate education reform and the influence of various venture “philanthropists” in their drive to privatize public schools should be following the Democratic primary on May 19 th for the next mayor of Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Teaching (a pedagogical framework)

When I'm asked, in email or face to face, to explain how I use (blogs, wikis, podcasts, what have you) with my students I usually begin by saying: "That's not a short answer." While knowledge of how a particular tool works is important,...Show More Summary

NASA hears the howls of dead stars

4 weeks agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

This NASA/JPL news story plunges into Gothic territory as it describes deep space. The article describes X-ray emissions from the Sagittarius A region, or as the headline puts it: NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible 'Screams' from Zombie Stars Or, a touch...

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