In the spirit of open and shared inquiry, I am starting to move toward keeping more of my educational inquiry in a public forum. The start of this is below as embedded blog posts, while I work on creating a more useful format.
[ 20-Apr-2019 ]
I just had a sudden burst of nostalgia for The Show with Ze Frank (and A Show as well). A time and a place and a movement that’s led to so much of what the internet is today. And low and behold, he’s still out there, but behind the scenes:
It was sad to discover that Papers3 has officially bit the dust and will no longer open on my Macbook. The company has moved on to a dodgy online service, so I knew it was only a matter of time, but it was still sad to realize that day had come.
Oh, magic citations, the times we had, the papers we wrote together.
Based on the multitude of positive recommendations out there, I am trying out Bookends. Since I am still in the divergent information gathering part of this project, I have only gotten as far as importing articles on my laptop, syncing them to my iPad, and reading while highlighting and taking notes. My initial impression is that the sync works so much better than Papers on mobile ever did to the degree that I’m sad to not have switched sooner.
Hopefully, the other functions will work as smoothly so I can wax poetic in a few weeks, because this summer I am drafting my lit review.
Watching the videos here where wine companies are using AR in a custom app to animate labels, it strikes me as very Harry Potter. When conceptualizing tech, ideas from media often become the inventions of the future. What other fantastical realities are we going to be giving form?
Because technology is by its nature abstract, the way that we think about these abstractions has a direct impact on how it is created and implemented. I created this video to walk through how metaphors impact technology on the levels of students, teachers, and in the big picture. Hopefully, this will provide some food for thought for those creating and using technology, both inside and outside the classroom.