Reality in the Media Age

Since its invention there has been tremendous concern about how TV may or may not alter human reality. Films such as Fahrenheit 451, Wall-E and even the Batman franchise have all presented themes of mind control, lost mental and physical capabilities and general degredation caused by ‘the tube’. The argument against the television medium is however, by no means new. From early printing to radio and beyond – each new invention has brought concern even as it has found itself integrated into the daily lives of vast quantities of the human population. There seems to be a change occurring though. Computers and the internet have by no means been left out of the ongoing debate. And, for better or worse they have been integrated into our lives. But unlike the technologies that came before them, the sheer quantity of time individuals spend face to face with their computer screens, TVs, handheld devices and other media messages has increased at a seemingly exponential rate. Read More »

Backpacking the North Cascades

Alpine Lilly

Alpine Lilly

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Ohanapacosh, Mt. Rainer, Washington

That was one big tree

That was one big tree

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Teaching Creativity

Just about a year ago I was finishing up a great, semester-long class which focused on creativity and problem solving. The professor had selected Michael Michalko’s Thinkertoys as the text for the course. This book is all about ways to find creative solutions. Personally, I found it a wonderful text because of its focus on creating visual contexts for your thinking. By the end of the semester I had a whole journal full of little diagrams that I had used to make this and that decision… I still use it frequently. One of the things that the book helped me sort through has to do with finding more creative outlets given the highly technical and often linear nature of my job. I’m still a work in progress, but I keep finding things to improve upon.

My own search for creativity brought up a question though… where had my creativity gone? Why did I need to find it again? Read More »

Spring Tulip, Menlo Park, CA

Spring Tulip

Spring Tulip

Found in a friend’s garden on a lovely, sunny, spring day. Pure Joy!

The space to learn…

Sometimes I get caught up in technology. Since my interests involve the intersection between entertainment and education, a point that often revolves around new technologies, it is often easy for me to forget that sometimes, all one needs in order to learn, is the space for learning to take place.

Last night, I happened upon a video from TED. Simple words but a powerful story about providing the space needed for girls to learn that reiterates the adage that if you education girls, you educate the world.

I thought I would pass it on…

Educational Inspiration for a Rainy Day

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. ~Albert Einstein

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~Henry Ford

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.  ~Henry L. Doherty

When the student is ready, the master appears.  ~Buddhist Proverb

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.  ~Vernon Howard

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.  ~John Lubbock

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Mark Van Doren

In the world of the future, the new illiterate will be the person who has not learned how to learn. ~Alvin Toffler

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. ~William Shakespeare

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Continue to learn. Play with abandon. Choose with no regret. Laugh! Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is. ~Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

Integrating Computers in Education

Are computer skills an optional subject in school anymore? Their pervasiveness into so many aspects of our lives these days has had me feeling like the answer to this question was a definite no for a long time. However, I have recently seen several articles and even a story on my local evening news arguing that computers can ‘get in the way’ to a degree that is greater than their benefit. Read More »

Periot’s Song

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Zip’s First Birthday

Zip in the Window

Zip in the Window

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