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and so data collection begins

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

This evening I demoed Knowledge Forum with the Virtual Margin to the students in the first of two graduate level classes. If all goes according to Hoyle data collection will be complete in December. I already have four signed consent forms. I’m stoked to see the Virtual Margin in real use in a couple of […]

Connected to Sharing

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

In The Power of Sharing Mark Pesce makes some very good observations. In a paper I wrote recently, Connected Everywhere, Connected All the Time, Connected to What? I made some similar points, however, I came at the subject from a different angle and projected the results even further. When I wrote it, it felt like […]

Response to L.’s Theorizing My Practice paper

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

One flower on the cliffside Nodding at the canyon by Jack Kerouac L.’s teaching practice is informed firstly by her own desire to help her “…students to grow into the fullness of their humanity.” To aid her understanding in this endeavour she has called upon the works of various scholars such as Giroux, hooks, Freire […]

I’m a stinky blogger

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The analogy is that bloggers are like sponges, they absorb a bunch of stuff and then they need to be squeezed out. If they aren’t squeezed regularly, they start to stink. Clearly, I haven’t been squeezed regularly enough… 🙂 My next posting was originally a response paper to a class presentation by another student, I’ll […]

Here’s the thing…

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A lot of pixels have been burned promoting and evaluating the advantages of Web 2.0 and its social collaboration approach to business and learning. Here’s three I came across today: Six ways to make Web 2.0 work 9 simple and free ways to measure social media marketing results IBM Lotusphere 2009 Highlights – The Business […]

Now this is inspiring

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Chris Lehmann in 5 minutes and 20 slides tells us what is wrong with schools and what should be done about it. Key point: computers are transformative technology. Kids get it. How many teachers and administrators do? How many administrators what things to be the way they were?  ’cause that’s what they know. Outside the […]

Graduate Fellowship

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

To my amazement and delight I have been awarded a graduate fellowship for 2008/2009. Effectively this means that my first year of tuition and student fees are fully funded, with some left over. I feel like somebody just raised the bar on me. Never-the-less, it’s happy dance time.

Done, done and done.

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Well, it’s been a long time coming but I can now say that my masters thesis on the virtual margin is fully and completely done. I now have a couple of months off before I start the doctoral program in September. For those who are interested, here’s the abstract. Applications like Knowledge Forum enable a […]

money where mouth is

Friday, September 7th, 2007

My son has tremendous difficulty making legible letter shapes. Writing stories is really a trial for him. A teacher suggested perhaps a laptop would work for him. He has no problem typing and he’s actually an excellent speller. Maybe that would work. So, I went laptop shopping and found a Toshiba A200-AH1 on sale at […]

end of compulsory schooling?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Someone at work asked the question: what do you think would be the result of the end of compulsory schooling?  To which I responded: I predict that there will not be an end to compulsory schooling. Schooling serves some very useful purposes outside of education. It used to be that kids were needed for chores […]