culture, education, media, technology

Marketing ignorance?

English literary tradition has produces a number of great works with which we should all be familiar. Schools are doing a good thing when their required reading list includes such works as Of Mice and Men, Moby Dick, Lord of the Flies, and, as much as I despised reading it, maybe even Jane Eyre. But like any good student, you…

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government, technology

Dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world

Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska University made a rather dramatic presentation at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in February 2006. I always appreciate good speakers (and writers), and his ability to make these kinds of statistics both entertaining and relevant is truly amazing. This video is a little long (20 minutes) but worth every minute. He quickly…

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education, technology

The half-life of knowledge and the shape of education

We do find ourselves in challenging times. Our economy is changing rapidly. From agrarian to industrial to service-oriented to information-oriented all in just over a century. And what of this information? Technology is placing unique requirements on people in the workplace, compelling a sharp focus on training and education. One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of…

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family, technology

Keeping in touch or personal touch?

Weary Parent’s group writing project asks what advice we were given as teens that we took to heart. Now, either my parents were not the advice giving sort or I really wasn’t listening because I do not remember a single piece of advice they ever gave me. I did, however, hear a frequent command which has proven to be very…

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homeschooling, technology

Homeschooling Community

I haven’t done this in awhile, and appear to have some new readers, so I thought it was about time. If you are not familiar with Truth Laid Bear, it is a blog with some interesting features, including various communities. One of these nifty communities happens to be the Homeschooling Community. NZ Bear is doing some blog maintenance at the…

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technology, testing

Testing and mind reading

Back in the early 90’s, I remember sitting in a computer science class looking at the sidebar in my textbook. It discussed an interesting computer program that could “read” the human mind. After some initial training of human and programming of machine, the technology enabled the disabled person to “type” a simple letter merely by concentrating on each individual letter.…

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