The future of the internet — and how to stop it

Yesterday I recieved my copy of Jonathan Zittrain’s book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  When I first saw the title, I wondered why anyone would want to stop it?  So, I decided to read the book and find out. Chapter …

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Using Podcasts to Revolutionize the Use of Instructional Time

While researching podcast use, I stumbled across a Ning for Educational Vodcasting. A vodcast is a podcast with video content. Vodcasts and podcasts have been in use in the university setting for about five years now, since the Duke University initiative of 2005 where all students were issued iPods.  The most common use of the …

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Science Teaching and Computers….

By the end of Cuban’s book, most readers are probably ready to deny that there is a need for computers in instruction.  However, in 1986, I do not think than Cuban foresaw the kinds of uses of computers that students engage in on a daily basis in physics classrooms. Current methods of inquiry in physics …

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The evolution of the machine: from content dispenser to learning response system

In Chapter 4 of Teachers and Machines, Cuban examines the teaching profession and the myriad of tasks the teacher is expected to accomplish in a relatively small amount of time. One of those tasks is the evaluation, selection and adaptation of appropriate technologies into  the teaching routine. The teacher must perceive that the technology has …

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Instructional TV… a short-lived love affair

In Chapter 2 of Teachers and Machines, Larry Cuban reminds us of the cyclic nature of technology implementations in education. Instructional TV goes through its cycle… Early adopters are followed by varied degrees of adoption. Small pockets of best-practice appear and some poor usage is noted. Eventually the novelty wears off and there is a …

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Everything changes and nothing changes…

When I first opened this book, my initial thought was… Why am I reading this 24 year old book? So, perhaps my mindset was a bit negative at the outset. I dutifully began reading Chapter 1 of Teachers and Machines. Cuban’s discussion of reform in American education at the turn of the century struck a …

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My new blog.

This course sounds like it will be fun and interesting. I missed the first class due to the District Tournament for Scholastic Bowl at my school (I am the coach). So now I am playing catch up and reading about what happened this evening.