Home-Schooling for the Techno-Literate

Part of the take-home message, that applies equally to my own children and the college students I’m teaching right now. Before you can master a device, program or invention, it will be superseded; you will always be a beginner. Get good at it. Be suspicious of any technology that requires walls. If you can fix it, modify it or hack it yourself, that is a good sign. The proper response…

American Lit Podcast #7 Emily Dickinson — Publication History

The first volume edited by Mrs. Todd and Colonel Higginson sold extremely well, with multiple runs selling out and more books being printed out several times in a few months. Within a few years, a second volume of poems, two-volume collection of Emily’s letters (presumably the ones Emily had sent to other people, who dug them out of their own drawers and volunteered them to the editors now that their…

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American Lit Podcast #6 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (4 of 4)

Hawthorne takes a moment to explain that the Puritans in New England weren’t all drab and bitter; most were native Englishmen, who back in the old country were merry and joyful, and today’s holiday brings back the merriment they must have remembered, even though we don’t see it otherwise.     “Their immediate posterity,” Hawthorne tells us, “the generation next to the early emigrants, wore the blackest shade of Puritanism, and so…

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Digital Egyptian hacksMove Mubarak before Barack.See how awkwardly it's cropped?That's how we know it's Photoshopped.

Hosni Mubarak left red faced over doctored red carpet photo Embarrassment as Egyptian paper alters image to put president at head of procession Al-Ahram’s Photoshopped image of President Hosni Mubarak and other leaders at the Middle East peace talks. Photograph: Al-Ahram There are those who lead and those who follow, and the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram clearly feels that President Hosni Mubarak fits into the former category. When he was pictured…

College's attempt to block Facebook, Twitter, IMs fails — USA Today

Still, the provost says that even if only a slim percentage of students actually renounce Facebook and Twitter for the week, the project will have been a success, if only because of the conversations it has started. The university never expected full abstinence from students, Darr says, nor was it trying to conduct a scientific experiment. “This extreme media coverage in and of itself is forcing more focus on social…

Video Games Win a Beachhead in the Classroom – NYTimes.com

What if we blurred the lines between academic subjects and reimagined the typical American classroom so that, at least in theory, it came to resemble a typical American living room or a child’s bedroom or even a child’s pocket, circa 2010 — if, in other words, the slipstream of broadband and always-on technology that fuels our world became the source and organizing principle of our children’s learning? What if, instead…