Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth. Here’s the transcript of a talk I gave at the International Symposium for Online Journalists in Austin, TX.
I’ll add the video if they post it later. Now as many of you know, I’m usually I’m not at a loss for words. But I really struggled to decide what to talk about today, especially in the wake of the attack this week on my hometown of Boston. Some of my fondest memories of the city are of that magical Monday, once a year each April, when everyone would line the streets and cheer on one stranger after another – encouraging them to succeed in accomplishing a little magic of their own. I had originally planned to the role of social media in our coverage of Newtown today. So I’d like to discuss something that both Newton and Boston have in common, beyond the obvious horror and needless loss: We messed up. Now, a dynamic similar to the fog of war certainly rears its head during catastrophic breaking news, and mistakes get made.
Joho the Blog. I’m at a talk by Andrew Revkin of the NY Times’ Dot Earth blog at the Shorenstein Center.
[Alex Jones mentions in his introduction that Andy is a singer-songwriter who played with Pete Seeger. Awesome!] Andy says he’s been a science reporter for 31 years. His first magazine article was about the dangers of the anti-pot herbicide paraquat. (The article won an award for investigative journalism). In 2010, his blog moved from NYT’s reporting to editorial, so now he is freer to express his opinions. He left the NYT in his mid-fifties because he saw that access to info more often than not doesn’t change you, but instead reinforces your positions. Q: [alex jones] People seem stupider about the environment than they were 20 years ago.
" The part of that book that really got me going was the incessant Red-baiting -- the suggestion that the movement of which I am a part is a kind of warmed over Marxism from the 1960s. That part always gets me going because it betrays a kind of mushiness in thinking that I should have thought a decade of writing by scores of advocates would have driven away. As I wrote about Helprin: It is in this extreme of Red-baiting that one can see the mushiness of Helprin's brain: Let's say he were attacking a bunch of scholars who believed copyright should be as robust as the Framers of our Constitution had it. That was a regime that secured copyrights only to those who registered their work. But here's the question: would one who so recommended be a "collectivist"? Words have meaning. Kelly says: That statement is flatly wrong. The Shifted Librarian. Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org.
2¢ Worth. Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world.
You do a fabulous job of offering dynamic learning experiences for teachers who are new to teaching or new to utilizing contemporary information and communication technologies in their classrooms. The only idea I can think of is to have one or two session rooms devoted to unconference topics. Now to the surprises It was in the student showcase, a part of most ed-tech conferences that I often miss, using it as an opportunity to visit the exhibitors or dash up to my room for something or other. “No software. After my hesitation, she continued, “..the game master.” And then, 1 Warlick, David. The Strength of Weak Ties - David Jakes. To-Go. Featured articles All of my friends know I have serious reservations about smarmy self-important libertarianism of TED and loathe speaking in the format – essentially a television program without any of the accoutrements of a television studio.
That said, I’ve now performed three of them. My first TEDx Talk made me ill for months before and weeks following the talk. The pressure was unbearable. You see,... Four out of five kindergarteners agree. . “Young people have a remarkable capacity for intensity….” Papert circa 1999 enjoying the work of a middle schooler I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. A boyhood dream has come true. Almost daily, a colleague I respect posts a link to some amazing tale of classroom innovation, stupendous new education product or article intended to improve teaching practice. Recently, 5th and 6th grade girls in the school where I work came up to me in the hallway and volunteered, “I want to be an engineer.”
Rufus T. OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes. By Stephen Downes April 8, 2014 What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?
: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You OursDan Colman, Open Culture, April 8, 2014 I find the lists offered by Dan Colman and Neil DeGrasse Tyson to be a bit parochial, steeped in (their) local culture and issues of the day. Why else include Darwin and de Tocqueville? Why else include the Bible but not the Qu'ran or the Upanisads, or Sun Tzu but not Lao Tze? Rene Descartes, MeditationsDavid Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingJohn Stuart Mill, On LibertyUrsula K. Why these? [Link] [Comment] Digital Canada 150Press Release, Government of Canada, April 8, 2014 The Canadian government announces its digital economy strategy: "our vision is for a thriving digital Canada, underscored by five key pillars: connecting Canadians, protecting Canadians, economic opportunities, digital government and Canadian content.
" [Link] [Comment] Humor That Dare Not Speak Its NameScott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2014.