We are better users of technology when we are thinking critically about the nature and effects of that technology. What we must do is work to encourage students and ourselves to think critically about new tools (and, more importantly, the tools we already use).
Howard Rheingold brought this piece to our attention after Jesse and Sean
published “Is it Okay to Be a Luddite
Instructure’s Keep Learning blog.
I have colleagues who invoke “Best Practices” the way that evangelical
Christians quote the Bible: God has spoken. During these conversations, I am
tempted to say in a serious voice, “Best Practices dictate
Innovate: French innover, from Old French, from Latin innovāre, innovāt-, to
renew : in-, intensive pref.; in- + novāre, to make new (from novus, new). ~
adapted from OED online [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/innovate]
Education can benefit from the global network of connections we call the
Internet, since the issue of access is less of a concern in thedigital space
I live and work in one of America’s poorest regions, Appalachia — specifically
eastern Kentucky. Businesses and municipalities don’t have a strong web presence
(if any at all), Google Maps is essentially