Digital Footprints: The Influence of Culture

Living and working in Japan provides a constant stream of interesting experiences. The other week, I left for school one morning and walked to the bus stop. While I was waiting there, a parade of college girls passed by. One at a time, sometimes two or three at a...

Final Project: Course 1

There were many possibilities for lessons I could use as the focus of this final project. I currently have three different science courses on the go and essentially limitless possibilities to infuse tech-related tools within all of them. In fact, it is a...

The Unbearable Lightness of Feedback

Writing an entry discussing how technology is changing the learning landscape and global education is quite a task. If you ask me, this entire program is based around this phenomenon, meaning there is no way to summarize such a vast subject in a few paragraphs. How...

Google Apps Ninja Program – Reflections on Implementation

  A few months ago, I came across a blog post by Jeff, which outlined a program he created while working at Bangkok IS. He developed a training and quiz system for students to become more familiar with Google Apps and test their understanding. I thought this was...

Messing Around with Producing

 'When you create, you take ownership of your learning.' I currently work in a school with a very small number of students. Our secondary (grade 7-12) enrolment stands at 19 total. Of course, when I first arrived almost 3 years ago, we had twice that number, then it...

The Paradox of Keeping it Simple

The tendency of life in our society is to become more complicated: Internet, television, shopping, work, family commitments, possessions, eating, debt … these things pile on top of each other endlessly. This is a rather bad formula, as our days have a limited...

Connectivism and the Production of Consumers

Featured Image Photo Credit: davepatten via Compfight cc "Youth use MySpace, Facebook, and IM to post status updates—how they are faring in their relationships, their social lives, and other everyday activities—that can be viewed by the broader networked public of...

The ‘Burden’ of Technology

A few weeks ago, I looked around online for a decent web cam to send to my parents' house. Their built-in laptop camera and microphone are pretty awful and it's impossible to make any sense of what is being said. Most times I end up calling the land...