July 29, 2005

Vanity Cameras, et al.

Chip Chick: Girls' Gadgets of the 1920's & 30's

Ok. I'll stop complaining about people using custom cell phone covers to 'express their individuality'.

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July 27, 2005

Encyclopedia Dramatica

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a great looking wiki devoted to internet parody, or as they put it "Welcome to Encyclopediadramatica, the ultimate compendium of internets parody."

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July 22, 2005

Damn Capitalists!

Language in the New Capitalism is another Hunsinger joint.

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July 21, 2005

No more failing students...

Get ready to e-mail this one to your friends... - Yahoo! News

The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed.

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July 20, 2005

Pedagogical Stupidity

20 Technology Skills

In another article in the June 2005 issue of THE Journal Online, Laura Turner described the '20 technology skills every educator should have.' In addition to the list of skills, Turner (2005) provides links to supportive web sites to help acquire those skills ...

Word Processing Skills
Spreadsheet Skills
Database Skills
Electronic Presentation Skills
Web Navigation Skills
Web Site Design Skills
E-Mail Management Skills
Digital Cameras
Computer Network Knowledge relating to local network
File Management & Windows Explorer
Downloading Software from the Web
Installing Computer Software
CMS Teaching Skills
Videoconferencing Skills
Computer Related Storage Devices
Scanner Knowledge
Knowledge of PDAs
Deep Web Knowledge Educational
Copyright Knowledge
Computer Security Knowledge
Over the next 20 postings, I will take each skill and elaborate from the perspective of an Instructional Designer specializing in Online Learning. Reference: Turner, L. (2005). 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. THE Journal Online, 32(11) http://www.thejournal.com/magazine/vault/articleprintversion.cfm?aid=5387 David

What a crock. First of all, they need skills for transfering knowledge and skills from one domain to another. Then they need skills in learning new things on the fly via experimentation. Furthermore they need skills in developing social relationships with other educators to share knowledge and experience. And finally they need critical thinking tools for accessing the needs for use of technology in particular situation with an eye on avoiding technology where it doesn't have specific pedagogical value. And we're not even considering the use of non-digital technologies, critical media awareness, evaluation of content, etc.

Nothing reminds me more that educational technology specialists have cognitive myopia than when you see a list of tool based skills sitting all by themselves. GAK!

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What is appropriate, after all?

Bovine Inversus Weblog

It is agreed by most that in raising a child the child should be subjected to a certain amount of confusion, paradoxical logic, and paranoid fantasy. This can only result in a broader range of influence for the child. Below are some techniques for planting the seeds of a healthy character in your child's mind at an early age.

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July 17, 2005

More Tea Karl?

Politics | Kapital gain

Karl Marx is the nation's most revered philosopher. No, this isn't old Soviet agitprop, but the result of a Radio 4 listeners' poll organised by the broadcaster Melvyn Bragg for his series In Our Time. The veteran Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, thinks he knows why. His reasoning is as contemporary as Marx's was visionary. "The Communist Manifesto," he says, "contains a stunning prediction of the nature and effects of globalisation."

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July 16, 2005

Digital Text Cycles: From Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Markup

Digital Text Cycles by Terje Hillesund:

The paper argues that the current implementation of digital publishing is a minor step in a long development of digital text cycles. Rather than being a rev