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Dark January Thoughts

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Been reading Wm Burroughs again and ran across this quote:  “The pyramid of junk, one level eating the level below […] right up to the top or tops since there are many junk pyramids feeding on peoples of the world and all built on basic principles of monopoly.”   

He is talking about the hierarchy of a heroin addict's life, but it occurred to, it shocked me that what he was saying applied to the hierarchies of schooling.  Not a happy January thought, but that is where I sometimes am as I relentlessly burn firewood and keep animals fed and feel the pains of growing older and  no wiser.  C'est le ________, c'est la _____________. You fill in the blanks.

Let the Futuring Begin

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TechCrunch's Joe Mathewson writes that this year is a tipping point for edtech.  Here are the trends he sees:

  1. Parents Use Technology to Complement Passions
    • Curation Will Become Crucial
      • Teachers Will Embrace, Not Outlaw, Pupils’ Mobiles
        • Expectations Will Increase
          • Cloud Will Come Into Its Own
            • Technology Will Get Embedded
            I am not sure why those who seek to pander to the tech zeitgeist insist on believing that the future is evenly distributed. Or that there is tech equity in these schools.  If anything, the rich will get richer as will the children of the rich.  Those who seek to make a living will have to serve those pools of money if they want to tread water. What will students be like when they have to use their smartphones in school for work.  Will they have wifi access?  Laughable.  None but the newest schools have the wireless infrastructure necessary for full access.  There is so much in every one of these predictions that I see as...murky.  

            Ted Hughes' Little Poetry Book: Poetry in the Making

            Here is me reading from Hughes' book, the last two pages. Hughes takes some seemingly routine observations about the world and generalizes in profound ways toward an appreciation of why he 'poems'.

            Teaching Beyond Tropes Lightning on the sand. A must read post by @EatcherVeggies

            Bot Summit
            An astonishing collection of experience, video, links, and just plain fun. Wow.