Tag: tech

A teacher, online

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I love my online courses, particularly now that I’ve taught them enough times to understand the concerns of my students before they happen. For many, the idea of taking a course without the professor standing directly in front of them…

Thinking Better with Machines, Part II

I’ve long ago given up arguing with people who say it’s not imperative to understand the history and philosophy of network software tools in order to use modern tools effectively. I disagree with their point of view. Certainly their lack…

Thinking Better with Machines

I’ve been teaching a version of my Introduction to Social Media course since 2002. Throughout the years, I’ve vacillated between a course on thinking and a course on building a social website. After years of experimenting, I’ve finally settled on…

Douglas Engelbart: The Mother of All Demos

Douglass Engelbart passed away today. You probably don’t know his name but you should. He invented the computer mouse. He helped develop hypertext (those hyperlink thingies, for instance) networked computing, and pushed forward the field of human-computer interaction (that thing…

Code: The New Literacy

In 2010 Douglass Rushkoff gave a short talk entitled “Program or be Programmed,” which explores the idea of consumption versus creation in the digital age. The take-away was this: In a world built around cyberspace, if you don’t know how…