A Love of Language

I love the Oxford English Dictionary. I am not ashamed to admit it. I considered asking for it as a college graduation present (although I considered a car more useful). It lays bare the definitions and history of English words in all their etymological glory. Given the sheer audacity of trying to capture the entirety of the language, it is not surprising that one contributor sent his submissions from with the walls of an asylum for the criminally insane. Within the pages of the OED it is easy to see that words have a beauty and history apart from the...

Digital Literacy Definitions Are Neither True Nor False…

Words can be slippery. Jargon is used to obscure or elevate language (see: Education Jargon Generator) Terms are applied too broadly or misappropriated (see: Gardner Campbell tries to recapture the idea of “open” in MOOCs, KQED’s Project-based Learning article) Words may only have meaning to the person saying them  (for a brilliant example see: Monty Python and more Monty Python-slightly NSWF, also the ds106 Daily Create Assignment by Guilia Forsythe ). As part of our #etmooc task, I needed to define digital literacy. Fortuitously, I stumbled across this Twitter conversation that highlighted the problematic nature of definitions (as an aside, if anyone knows a...

On MOOCs and Learning

ETMOOC is the second MOOC I’ve joined in as many weeks (MIT’s Learning Creative Learning being the first). I like that they use small pieces, loosely joined, like blogs, Google+, and Twitter. Sometimes the stream on information can seem overwhelming. One look at a Community in Google+ or Twitter Hashtag has sent my mind reeling. I am hoping I can maintain focus and be able to pull out meaningful ideas. I am also curious about how effectively I can use a MOOC. I guess I’ll be looking at Dave Cormier’s video for advice:

Flavor of the Month

I enjoy hearing people laud and bemoan the latest gadgets. The flavor of the month is Google’s Nexus 7. This 7″ tablet is cheap, fast and the first Android tablet without major usability issues. Already the tech community seems to be lining up on one side or another to either praise or bury this device. It is difficult to separate many of these devices from the expectations that come with them. And whether or not those expectations align with your own.