Macroeducation

Not that I have much time to write lately, but thought I should post that I have decided to blog over at macroeducation.org instead of on here. Hope to see you there as a reader or commenter!

Learning About the Stars – The Power of Discussion at #edcampfv

A depiction of the Ptolemaic system, ~100 AD

During the Knowledge vs. Skills discussion at #edcampfv (the Ed Camp in Maple Ridge on Saturday, December 3 – see my first post on the Ed Camp here) there were a number of insightful comments made and questions raised. One particular anecdote shared by a teacher (whose name I did not catch, sorry) has . . . → Read More: Learning About the Stars – The Power of Discussion at #edcampfv

Knowledge, Skills, and the Great Conversation at #edcampfv

Knowledge is more than just a book or two.

On Saturday, I attended my first ever Ed Camp at Garibaldi Secondary School in Maple Ridge. Ed Camps are often called un-conferences, in that they are similar to the more traditional professional development conferences teachers have attended for years, but have a less rigid agenda and are much more user-driven. The agenda is decided . . . → Read More: Knowledge, Skills, and the Great Conversation at #edcampfv

Education and Technology: The Link We Love?

From Scientific American's Dec. 2011 issue.

I thought that the Graphic Science piece on the last page of the latest Scientific American magazine ( Dec. 2011 issue) was pretty interesting. I scanned the image in from a paper-based copy of the magazine, and then shortly afterwards realized that the graphic was also available, in a superior interactive version, on the SciAm website. . . . → Read More: Education and Technology: The Link We Love?

Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Moonwalking With Einstein book cover

I recently read a fun little book called Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer, who I just researched and realized is the younger brother of writer Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated, Eating Animals, and more). Despite its title, the book is not about Michael Jackson’s trademark dance move, nor Albert Einstein. The . . . → Read More: Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

What can the Steve Jobs biography tell us about education?

Steve Jobs Biography Cover

The new Steve Jobs biography is an incredible read so far. Perhaps it’s because most of this is new to me (I’ve never been much of an Apple fan or followed the Steve Jobs story) or perhaps it’s because Walter Isaacson is an extremely engaging writer. Regardless of why, I’m greatly enjoying the read . . . → Read More: What can the Steve Jobs biography tell us about education?

The Book: An Extension of the Eye?

McLuhan and Coupland

The book's cover (left), and two pages expressing the idea that "We look at the present through a rear-view mirror."

In the past month, I’ve stumbled across a couple of great finds at Pulp Fiction books on Main Street. First, I found Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage (1967), which is the more . . . → Read More: The Book: An Extension of the Eye?

The Bookshelf: Making The Intangible Concrete

The Lost Art of Reading - Cover

I recently read The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin. I started it at approximately 11:00PM, and next thing I knew it was after 2:00AM, and I was nearing the end. I hadn’t read a book in a single sitting in years – I’d become . . . → Read More: The Bookshelf: Making The Intangible Concrete

The Google Effect and the so-called flattening of expertise

Are Google, blogs, and wikis making us stupid?

Review of The Google Effect (full PDF here)

Are Google, blogs, and wikis making us stupid?

Tara Brabazon contends that due to the nature of Google, blogs, and wikis, we are coming to value popularity more than quality, and as a result, we are seeing a flattening of expertise, which she coins The . . . → Read More: The Google Effect and the so-called flattening of expertise

Isaac Asimov’s Technophobia – why he feared the word processor

the roving mind book cover

This is a review of Technophobia, an Isaac Asimov essay which appeared in 1982′s The Roving Mind. It’s an excellent collection of writing on all manner of topics: creationism and evolution in schools, the relationship between technology and science, and even beyond the solar system (and the present) in essays on space exploration prospects, the . . . → Read More: Isaac Asimov’s Technophobia – why he feared the word processor