Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Research & Blog Update

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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I have taken a slight change in direction with regards to the form of my MA thesis. Before, pretty much all of last year, I was being pressured to develop an empirical research project. Now, due to events I will not discuss here, I am happy to announce I will be writing a theoretical thesis! I am thrilled about this and found new inspiration and motivation.

I created this blog as a means to motivate myself and as a means to document and share my research. I am trying hard not to lose focus of this fact. My last post, An Education Transformation: How technology transformed a bedwetter into a superhero, received many comments and I thank all of you who took the time and energy to comment. In the future I will try to incorporate more of the same elements, intimacy and humour, into my more technical posts.

In this post I will outline things to come, basically the topics I plan to cover and the direction I plan to take within the next few months. First, there are two topics that have been brewing in my mind, and I’m eager to get those thoughts out of my head and onto this blog: education & consciousness. Here is a quick preview… (more…)

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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