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An Education Transformation: How technology transformed a bedwetter into a superhero

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time – a small chapter of a larger story of what motivates and drives me as an educator and a researcher. It starts with small intimate details of my childhood and ends with a somewhat grand inspirational note.

Intimate Details

From the beginning I knew something was very wrong with my understanding of language. At an early age, like most toddlers, I recognized that one plus one does in fact equal two. My physical world made sense. It was logical. I loved taking things apart and putting them back together. I truly enjoyed figuring out how things worked. I was very good at understanding the physical world – understanding the mechanics of things. But when it came to language, more specifically written language, something was very wrong, something was off. I didn’t know it then, but I had a learning disability. That is, groups of neurons did not make particular connections – also – environmental factors intensified and compounded the problem. Because of this I had a hard time relating to people. So, I withdrew.

When I emerged I was a delinquent – lost – but most disturbingly, I was virtually illiterate. (more…)

iPad vs The Slate

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

You know you’re getting older when you start sentences with, “I remember when…”, more on this later.

I have been wanting to talk about the iPad & the slate for a long time, mostly because of the profound educational potential of mobile computing, but also from a historic and design aspect. Two events pushed me over the “passive/active” writing threshold, one Old & one New. Now I will share both of them with you.

First, let’s briefly go over some important concepts.

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