Blog Revival

Now might be a good time to revive a bit of this weblog. Why now? I am so very exhausted with the way content, links, and content are scattered across social media networks. I have long thought that having this space is vital to not only owning the content, but that it gets captured and…

Spoiling the Bunch

Apple, Inc. just confirmed Dr. Papert’s opening paragraph from Teaching Children Thinking. “The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. Moreover, if the gadgets are computers, the same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased towards…

Without Sense of Hierarchy

“You realize how there’s no ceiling and how everyone is going to be able to contribute to everybody else’s learning no matter where they came from, when they got here or where they were at.” In this short (1:35) video reflection, Angela Jochum, an ICT Integration Coordinator at the Frankfurt International School, shares her experience at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014.…

Doing the Math

In February, a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Things interview with Joe Hudy was posted on the Make blog where he shares projects, experiences, tools and people that inspire him.  In response to the tools he can’t live without question, Joey says “my calculator watch because I don’t know my multiplication and division tables.”  This is…

Let them Soar!

  NYSCATE11 is just around the corner and I, along with the conference committee, anticipate another worthwhile conference.  I’ve been to a number of conferences for various organizations (state, national and international) and this conference is always the most special.  I’m not just saying that because I volunteer on the committee.  There is something about…

Taught to Question

When I was in graduate school, the professor in my very first class session began by instructing us to question everything. He was passionate about this declaration, clearly evident in the spraying spit as he glared out at us. This was an exercise science, physiology and biomechanics program based heavily upon peer-reviewed research. He instructed…

Your imagination is real. | Indexed

Your imagination is real. | Indexed. One of my favorite webcomics/blogs is the simple presentation and complex thinking of Indexed. The first comment is equally insightful… “To be fair, there’s probably a sector at least twice as large as A for “people that have been wrongly told that they are”.  ~ Paul B.”  

Digging Deeper

29 years ago Dr. Seymour Papert wrote the text below.  It was recently shared again over at my daily dose of sanity, The Daily Papert. “I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.…

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