on MOOCs as the most important Education Technology in the last 200 years.

Bull. Shit. Giving people access to didactic lectures by a handful of elite professors at a handful of elite institutions is not the most important educational technology in the last 200 years. Not even close. Sure, it’s good. It’s fantastic that I can have access to the lectures and resources of some of the biggest and most famous institutions. Awesome. But the most important ed tech in two centuries? Bull. Shit....

November 10, 2012 · 2 min

piracy

The Boy's school is having some awesome-sounding live-action Pirates! show today. Canons. Swords. Pyrotechnics. Sounds like a blast, and I wish I could go watch. The parents group blocked the school from offering yoga as part of the phys ed program because they didn't like the message it sent the kids. Glorifying violence and robbery are fine. Just don't try to get the kids to have a greater understanding of their own bodies....

April 15, 2010 · 1 min

kill the e.

Jaymie Koroluk asked the twitterverse about the proper spelling of "eLearning". I responded back, a bit snarkily: @jaymiek learning. There is no e. It's too much to describe in 140 characters. But I can't stand the "e" in eLearning. (I can't stand the "m" in mLearning, either.) It's just learning. The "e" is counter-productive. It forces people to focus on the technology. To see it as separate. As an isolated thing that must somehow be fit into the regular flow of teaching and learning....

November 19, 2009 · 2 min

economic vampirism

Great, great article by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone Magazine. The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. and If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain — an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy....

October 18, 2009 · 2 min

happy earth day

a wonderful way to celebrate earth day. Now, please excuse me while I go warm up the Hummer and crank up the furnace...

April 22, 2009 · 1 min

on the (lack of) usability of rich text editors in Drupal

I've been using Drupal to power websites for several years now, since 4.6 was the latest and greatest. One of the constant, ongoing, relentless complaints from our users has been that Drupal is (or seems) too complicated. It seems hard to use. It takes some care and feeding to initially set up a site. For example, when installing Drupal and creating a site, there is no option to have a rich text WYSIWYG editor, out of the box....

January 27, 2009 · 3 min

Stupid DRM handcuffs

I did a test this morning to check out how well the video recording gear we have would work for recording a presentation tomorrow. The gear works great - it records directly to DVD so I can just walk away with a nice shiny disk after the presentation is over. But that's not what this post is about. This DVD, that I made, containing no DRM and no copyright, triggers the evil DRM software that's baked into the operating system that I use....

November 5, 2008 · 2 min

defining ple

If we have to talk about PLE (Personal Learning Environments) (blech. why does every damned thing need a name and/or acronym?), can we at least not define it to death? "PLE" is a verb, not a noun. "PLE" is something you do, not something you have. It's an action, not a thing. It's a way of interacting with others, not a way of "getting personalized learning." You can't go out and set up your PLE....

October 29, 2008 · 1 min

but universities ARE open...

A follow-up on my last rant on openness in universities, wherin I improperly aim the camera and showcase my multitude of chin-related tissue.

September 29, 2008 · 1 min