Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a worrisome trend in the education community– the rise of the edtech cheerleader. I’m not talking about the teacherbloggers who are the first to integrate the trendiest of tech tools into their lesson plans (that’s another post.) I’m not talking about the teachers who champion technology in ways that extend archaic, ineffective practices in the classroom. I’m not even talking about the teachers pre-writing blog posts about how their tech-infused lessons before the lesson ever takes place (that’s another post). And in case you’re wondering, I’m not even talking about a few recent Techcrunch-y additions to the edtech blogging market. (That one’s a shocker, I know!)
I am talking about the cottage industry of blogs, sites, and educators-turned-personal-brands who have popped up and who claim to be all about improving education. They seem harmless– teacher’s best friend! OMG, soooo many resources!– and every day there’s another educator demystifying technology in the classroom and sharing resources (read: copy-pasting marketing materials and images from edtech sites to their blogs) without sharing a single reflective thought about how a classroom really works. Continue reading
There is much navel-gazing going around about Facebook today, because today was its 10th birthday. Where will it go? What will it become? What has it done to our society?
While I don’t have the answers to any of those questions, I do have one very, very strong memory of Facebook from a very sad time a very long time ago… a memory and a use case I felt compelled to share, because that’s what you do on an important birthday, you share important feelings and memories to mark the occasion. While my feelings about Facebook are many and complex, its servers are the only place on this earth that friends, classmates and professors still exist and I will never, ever, ever forget what they did for us without even knowing it on what was absolutely the worst day and the absolute saddest week of our lives.
tl;dr Dear Facebook, Thank you for turning Maroon and Orange–I’ll never forget it. Love, a Hokie
If 2013 was the year of anything for me, it was a year of love. And I don’t mean love like what happens when you meet a cute boy (or girl!) and there’s a near-constant stream butterflies and orgasms at all times, I mean love, that oh-so compelling force that, when combined with passion, is at the root of everything we do, everything we create.
The most important thing I learned in my 365 days of searching is this: love is like matter– it is everywhere, and it can neither be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed into something else, another state entirely. That love can transform us into something else, into someone new entirely, if we let it– and finding it has been the absolute best resolution of my life.
It’s no secret that I’ve fallen off my own #52weeks bandwagon. Between my day job and a project of passion I’ve undertaken, I’m on the hook for 3-5 blog posts and various communications throughout the week, which leaves me at the end of the day with very little energy to take to WordPress/Tumblr/Twitter with the fury of a thousand ‘saurusrexes.
Here are a few things that may happen when you meet someone and you talk to each other all
dirty nerdy. Continue reading
Just a few days ago, a new LinkedIn feature called “Intro” — a series of technological hacks that would display a bar featuring the LinkedIn profile of anyone who communicated with you through email. As a long-time user of Rapportive, an add-on that shows you the LinkedIn account, Twitter feed, and the last few posts a contact has made across other social media properties, even I was excited about it.
Until I spent some time digging around their engineering blog, that is. Continue reading
My first-ever attempt at soldering at Def Con 21. (#defconboyfriend was an excellent teacher, as confirmed by every person who surveyed my work for the rest of the conference.)
A few months ago– August, to be exact– I hopped a plane to attend my second-ever DefCon, a renowned hacker conference that entered its 21st year. This year’s gathering of security experts, hackers, makers, and technology enthusiasts from around the world was full of incredible talks (all of which seemed like pretty incredible feats of technology to me, given my current status of Codecademy dropout), hardware hacking, hacking contests, and other shenanigans felt feistier than ever. After having spent ten collective days in the middle of the desert (so, so hot) with hackers, here are the top four reasons I think that everyone should love them: Continue reading