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August 26, 2009 - 3:53pm
As I have written about before, I am in a transition phase in my life. After intensively spending most of my waking (and asleep!) hours over the past 10 years with my kids, my younger daughter has now successfully completed a year of full-time kindergarten, and went back to school a couple days ago as an enthusiastic and independent first grader. My older daughter comfortably flourishes in fifth grade at the school she now knows very well. I have more time to develop myself outside of mothering than I have for a long time. Liberating? Yes!
August 25, 2009 - 9:17pm
This month's Wired magazine has a great article by Robert Capps, "The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simp
August 25, 2009 - 8:51pm
An alert reader sent me (last week) the link to this article about how the open-content movement will explode higher education as we know it. Apparently, newly empowered 'edupunks' will cobble together their own educations, thumbing their noses at The Man while reaping the lucrative rewards of globalization. The article has more than a whiff of the self-congratulatory vanguard about it, but look past that.
August 25, 2009 - 6:51pm
Any system that's only 11% efficient can be improved.According to an article in a recent issue of New Scientist, only 11% of the energy used by the current generation of tractor-trailer trucks goes into moving the cargo and the vehicle. And even 11% might be an overstatement, as the purpose of the exercise is really just to move the cargo, which accounts for 6.5% of energy used.
August 24, 2009 - 9:12pm
In working with educational technology vendors I follow one cardinal rule: the person across the table could have been me.This is one of the reasons that I'm weary of the EduPunk crowd, as they don't seem to be terribly interested in a constructive dialogue with the ed. tech vendor community. (See Fast Company, Who Needs Harvard)
August 24, 2009 - 8:52pm
I got back to the States just over a week ago. The next morning, my 12-year-old started a week-long day camp and I went back to work. Our last few days in England had been a true vacation, sightseeing in London, and I’m really glad we took the extra days. At the time, though, it had begun to feel almost like a burden—there was a syllabus to write, after all, a talk to give at the faculty colloquy, a daughter to prepare for college. Those three days, though, (almost) internet-free and far from a phone, gave me the break I needed to get back to work this week.
August 24, 2009 - 1:58pm
This Technology and Learning blog will ideally be a space for conversation and debate for those of us active in creating the discipline of learning technology. This blog is written by and for people in the "middle" - those of us with aspirations to provide strategic leadership to our institutions and companies but who spend most of our time on the tactical aspects of learning technology.
August 23, 2009 - 8:58pm
A newly-hired correspondent writes:
August 23, 2009 - 8:52pm
I know vacation is over when the U.S.

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