I’m hoping to crowdsource some brainstorming about the pedagogical potential of blogging on learning. Lately, in my work with Dan Hickey’s 21st Century Assessment Project, I’ve been thinking tons about how integrating blogging in the formal English / Language Arts classroom might build a rich new media environment for ELA students. I’ve started a provisional list below but am hoping that others (most importantly for me, people who have worked with blogs in their classrooms) can offer ideas for additions … Read more
I got this from the geek comic site xkcd:
Funny, right? Har har har. But it’s worth thinking about why some people (generally younger, generally more immersed, more regularly, in new media technologies) feel comfortable tooling around in a vaguely solution-oriented sense, while other people (generally older, generally less immersed, less regularly, in same technologies) see their computers, cellphones, and other tools as impenetrable black boxes whose functions exist in a mysterious, perhaps dangerous ether.
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file under: you can’t be serious.
Blogging, writes Jose Quesada over at the Academic Productivity blog, is not serious writing. Quesada references Jaron Lanier’s essay,“Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism,” in which Lanier argues that
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writing professionally and well takes time and that most authors need to be paid to take that time. In this regard, blogging is not writing. For example, it’s easy to be loved as a blogger. All you have to do is
You guys, I think this is my very first vlogpost.
According to Wikipedia, video-blogging, or vlogging, is
In the conversation, boyd reiterated points that she has made hundreds of times in hundreds of venues: That the scare tactics adults use to try to protect kids (don’t trust anyone you meet online because they may be sexual predators) are not only inaccurate and unhelpful, but they’re actually limiting kids’ opportunities to learn from and … Read more
I was linked via Twitter to this mind-blowing video:
I love the First Amendment. In fact, I wish we could encourage people to go ahead and exercise their right to free speech a little more often. It’s not clear to me why we don’t let the teabaggers, birthers, and other wildeyed right wingers speak for themselves more often.
Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, writing about “new” literacies, argue that the notion of “new literacies” is a useful way of thinking from a historical, but not temporal, perspective. There’s no point in thinking about new literacies in temporal terms, they write, because:
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Under conditions where time is increasingly calculated in nanoseconds and, as the saying goes, five minutes is a long time in cyberspace, there is little to be gained from speaking of new literacies in
Over the last few months, I’ve largely kept my “print-media-isn’t-viable” soapbox stowed out of public view. A new post by Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy got me lugging it back out.
Kennedy, a long-time subscriber to the Boston Globe (which he calls–and I agree with him–“the most important news organization in Greater Boston”), has decided to cancel his Monday through Saturday subscription. He writes:
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Why did we do this? It’s been inevitable since early this summer, when the Globe
Over at the Chronicle of Higher Education, H. William Rice has posted a thoughtful opinion piece titled “Don’t Shrug Off Student Evaluations.” (The piece is locked to nonsubscribers; because I’m all about open access, I will helpfully link you to a free version here.)
Rice, a long time higher education faculty member, describes a pair of colleagues who took distinctly negative approaches to the notion of students evaluating their professors: One, whom Rice describes as “an elderly faculty member,” … Read more
Over at Empathetics: Integral Life, my pal Rafi Santo just published a post about his experience voting in his city’s Democratic primary election.
He explains that despite his commitment to civic participation–which, for him, includes casting a ballot in primary elections–he has struggled to keep up with electoral news. He writes:
While I’m motivated to vote in these elections, realize that my vote will make a real difference in deciding who gets into office, and understand that these politicians… Read more