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Meaningful Education: Not an App, Not Rote

Pamela Paul has an opinion piece in today’s NYTimes about educational technology. She writes about “game-based learning” and characterizes “an underlying fear” that children won’t learn if it is not “superfun.” Her final thought is that students should play games (that is use technology,) “in their free time.. [O]nce they’re in the classroom they can challenge themselves. … Continue reading

Shiny Lights, Video Surveillance and the False Dichotomy of Teaching

Let me say this at the front of this post.  Not only do I like technology, I love technology and have considered myself an early adopter of its use. I had my first computer,[1] which I paid for with money I saved from delivering papers on my bike every morning at 6 am. Come rain … Continue reading

Fighting a Technological Dystopia in Student Participatory Action

Reading John’s post about ISTE catalyzed me to think a bit about the convergence of several of the projects I have been working on.  I’m attending the July cPAR Institute in NYC focused on Student Participatory Action Research (altering social studies curriculum and pedagogy to focus on building empowered citizens ready to participate in a … Continue reading

Inappropriate Use of Technology

In my home state, a school district just announced that they will be giving every kindergartener an iPad 2 this coming fall. I think this is a terrible idea. I’m not a Luddite, let’s just get that out of the way. This initiative is not developmentally appropriate. 5 and 6 year olds learning how to … Continue reading

TEDxSchools?

On October 10, 2010, TEDxDirigo, Maine’s first TEDx event successfully launched. I had the honor of being at the rudder of this ship, steering it from inception to the after-party. The event was successful in its aims: inspire leaders and change-makers with the brilliance and innovation of Mainers through the TED Talk format. I learned a tremendous … Continue reading

Alternative Educational Models in the Wild

Hi all.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the the model that Illich puts forth in “Deschooling Society” and wanted to open a discussion about technology-facilitated, student self-directed education.  Skip on down to The Thoughts if you’ve read “Deschooling” or want to skip my summary of his proposed school replacement. The Summary Illich advocates throwing … Continue reading

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