JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

Who, in their right mind, is going to say, “To hell with the kids, let them fend for themselves, who need ’em.” Even those who aren’t comfortable around little ones or who have no desire to have any children of … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

Sometimes What’s Broke in Education Can’t Be Fixed by Tech, says Michael Wesch

Recently The Chronicle of Higher Education said it more emphatically with the headline: “A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn’t Working.” According to the Chronicle, it seems that Internet superstar/Youtube ethnographer, Professor Michael Wesch of Kansas State … Continue reading Sometimes What’s Broke in Education Can’t Be Fixed by Tech, says Michael Wesch

FullSail Grads Comes Back & Grills Us on Web2 & Education

Nick Briscoe, Full Sail emdtms grad, talks with Dr. Deason, Dr. Ludgate and moi about Web 2.0 tools such as social networking and their use in education. This is the of Nick’s first episode of Educatium, which he’s created with fellow emdtms grads Paul Martin, Aletha Williams and Emily Wray. They can only get better from this beginning video podcast. Really.

Here’s a bonus outtake of Dr. Siegel wanting to join in as we were setting up the interview:
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freedom to screw up required if one wants perfection: emdt students reflect on blogging

An open letter to my emdt co-workers, co-conspirators & creativity enablers, On one level or another I’ve been teaching communication and writing since I took my first teaching assignment 15-years ago. One thing that I learned right away was that it seemed to be a big function of the education system to take the eagerness of our little learners to share their every creation and over time crush it down to nothing, such that every fourth grader knows that no one wants hear what they have to say and even less what they think. The smart ones, in this system, … Continue reading freedom to screw up required if one wants perfection: emdt students reflect on blogging

Macworld expo, gnomedex or SxSW 2010 – What’s a Media Educator To Do?

Over the past three years my attendance at Macworld Expo has been completely automatic but with Apple pulling out of the conference and then having the conference moved to February I’m not sure that attending the 2010 conference will be the best use of my increasingly diminished conference funds. I recognize that the Macworld isn’t just about the keynote, but I had the good fortune to go to the historic 2007 keynote when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone and none of the following keynotes have matched that high. And as great as the keynote can be as far as … Continue reading Macworld expo, gnomedex or SxSW 2010 – What’s a Media Educator To Do?

No Steve Keynote This Year & No Apple Next Year

This can’t be a good thing. While I was looking for specific conference info so that I could figure out when to schedule my online class the first week of January I stumbled on the following: My first thought was that this had to be an April Fools’ Joke. Ah, no. Damn. Talk about the end of era. This is not going to go well with the macintosh-faithful, and the mac-macs. It’s doubtful that the double release of two Mac-oriented documentaries will appease the anxiety created by a “No Steve Job” Macworld this year, followed by a “No Apple Computer” … Continue reading No Steve Keynote This Year & No Apple Next Year

6 Phases of Teaching

Phase 1 You are listening to jazz –Your first day at work is great. Your fellow teachers are wonderful, your classroom is cute, you love your students, and your principal is the best! Phase 2 You are listening to pop music — After a while you are so busy that you are not sure if you’re coming or going anymore. Phase 3 You are listening to heavy metal — This is what you feel like after ONE month. Phase 4 You are listening to hip hop — You become bloated due to stress, you’re gaining weight due to lack of … Continue reading 6 Phases of Teaching

MS Exchange Woes

Before I go too much further, I should explain that whatever I write in this blog does not represent anyone else except myself, you know like those disclaimers on DVDs that media companies use to protect them from the stupid things the actors are likely to say on the commentary track (e.g., nothing said here represents Full Sail University, its staff, students or affiliates). There, that’s my disclaimer. Now for the reason I started this particular entry… I finished the welcome letter earlier today but got frustrated because I couldn’t send them out the way that I wanted to because … Continue reading MS Exchange Woes

iPhone SDK Will Be a Game Changer… Ha!

I was very jazzed watching the twitter feeds during Steve Job’s iPhone SDK keynote, but was frustrated that I had to wait until I got home at the end of the day to watch the video (then ran into some weird stream mojo on my mac-mini). Ack. Not being there frustrations aside, the third-party apps that are going to come out of this SDK are going to make Leo Laporte ditch his blackberry and ask for his iPhone back that he gave to his editor. Seriously.

As a former Palm Treo user, I am looking to all the cool games and tools that are going to come. On my treo I used to be able to walk around my classroom and make notes on how my students were doing on their project and have those notes come up in my grade-book application on my computer. Sci-Fi writer, Jerry Pournelle, said on TWIT that if a good e-book reader client came out on the iPhone then that would be the end of the paperback book market. Forget paperbacks, how’d you like to get rid of all those $90 10-pound textbooks?

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