School of Teaching Without Teaching

In her novella Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor has character Hazel Motes create the Church of Christ Without Christ. Thomas Friedman has apparently joined its contemporary offshoot, the School of Teaching Without Teaching. Certainly, he sounds like a true believer.Friedman, and all those people at Stanford, MIT and Harvard (to mention just a few) who are … Continue reading School of Teaching Without Teaching

Value and Choice

MIRANDA: O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new worldThat has such people in't! PROSPERO: 'Tis new to thee. --Shakespeare, The TempestWhat follows, coming from one who has been involved online since before the World Wide Web, may seem rather strange. Just remember, though, what I'm talking … Continue reading Value and Choice

Technology, Culture, and Development

The debate over Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) reinforces my belief that few of us willingly recognize that technology alone can never be an answer for anything. Technology works within cultural and need contexts and not by itself. That is, it has to address perceived need and to operate within a milieu of … Continue reading Technology, Culture, and Development

One Laptop Left Behind

What follows is an edited excerpt from my new book, Blogging America: The New Public Sphere. I’m presenting this passage here because of continuing talk about how Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is going to save education in the developing world (when it really is nothing more than a new and fascinating toy):Technology … Continue reading One Laptop Left Behind

Results: Cell Phone, 2.0/Laptop, 0.0

When I visited Senegal last April, seeing West Africa for the first time in more than a decade, I was struck by two things. First, even in an area of the world where gum wrappers had once been saved and turned to other uses, the plastic bag was now both ubiquitous and worthless. There’s no … Continue reading Results: Cell Phone, 2.0/Laptop, 0.0

Academic 2.0: Moving Web Skills into the Classroom

The following is the draft [updated 11/13/07, with thanks to Sherman Dorn and Time Barrow] for a talk I'll be giving at 1:30 this Thursday, November 15, 2007, for a session at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English at the Javits Center here in New York City. The session, which … Continue reading Academic 2.0: Moving Web Skills into the Classroom