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In Search of a Middle Path for Ed Tech – Trinket Blog |
Audrey’s an insightful commentator on the industry, history, and rhetoric surrounding education on Hack Education and the forthcoming Educating Modern Learners. Trained as a folklorist, she’s quick to point out when she thinks the stories surrounding companies or technologies have overshot their realities.

Frank’s posts on Khan Academy led me to his posts on pseudo-teaching, which I’m still working my way through. Briefly, pseudo-teaching is a phenomenon where students can self-report that a teacher was effective, they have confidence in their understanding, and enjoyed learning. But objective measures of understanding show their actual abilities lagging behind. This is an excellent example of the kinds of insights that ed tech too often overlooks, and one I’m fortunate to have encountered so early in trinket‘s time.
education  thefuture  learning  teaching  pseudoteaching  edtech 
january 2018 by kme
Why the high-tech ideas of ‘Bucky’ Fuller are back in vogue | Aeon Essays
Fuller’s advocacy of technology as a salve for the wounds of modernity found a fierce critic in the sociologist Lewis Mumford, who longed for a more organic humanism. The two men proposed such contrasting versions of the future that Horizon magazine wondered, in 1968: ‘Which guide to the Promised Land? Fuller or Mumford?’ Mumford deplored the sterility of the sort of future that techno-faddists wanted for the human race. In an acid passage from 1956 that might have been aimed squarely at Fuller and his bubble-domed cities, Mumford wrote:

If the goal of human history is a uniform type of man, reproducing at a uniform rate, in a uniform environment, kept at a constant temperature, pressure and humidity, like a uniformly lifeless existence, with his uniform physical needs satisfied by uniform goods… most of the problems of human development would disappear. Only one problem would remain: why should anyone, even a computer, bother to keep this kind of creature alive?
humanity  thefuture  design  architecture 
january 2017 by kme
What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? | Aeon Essays
When work disappears, the genders produced by the labour market are blurred. When socially necessary labour declines, what we once called women’s work – education, healthcare, service – becomes our basic industry, not a ‘tertiary’ dimension of the measurable economy. The labour of love, caring for one another and learning how to be our brother’s keeper – socially beneficial labour – becomes not merely possible but eminently necessary, and not just within families, where affection is routinely available. No, I mean out there, in the wide, wide world.
employment  economics  thefuture 
november 2016 by kme
Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces | Aeon Ideas
Although ostensibly inert, like Chernobyl’s ‘undead’ isotopes, plastics are in fact intensely lively, leaching endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Single-use plastic might seem to disappear when I dispose of it, but it (and therefore I) will nonetheless continue to act on the environments in which it persists for millennia.
science  anthropocene  time  pollution  plastics  agw  climatechange  thefuture 
november 2016 by kme
With Works Like 'Orphan Black,' 'Ex Machina,' and 'The Martian,' Science Fiction Is Becoming Less Fictional - The Atlantic
Or is this insistence on concrete-ness merely a symptom of what the sci-fi luminary William Gibson sees as the end of speculation—the collapse of imagination into a reality that has already outpaced it? In other words, perhaps the reason writers and filmmakers are less inclined to imagine new “disasters” is that they’re already adapting to so many. As Gibson explained in a 2007 interview, “I have to figure out what it means to try and write about the future at a time when we are all living in the shadow of at least a half a dozen wildly science-fiction scenarios.”
scifi  fiction  thefuture 
september 2016 by kme
Against Minimalism
On a planet with so many artists, so many visionaries, who are forced to broadcast their art online to try and make a living in a brutally unforgiving economy, it’s so heartbreaking to see so many young visionaries who can clearly see taking a bold step forward with technology ignored, for this mass, focus tested aesthetic of “minimalism,” with its dry, unfeeling plastic and lack of character — and you wonder how we strayed so far from the bold visions of masterpieces like Blade Runner and Akira.
tech  thefuture  design  minimalism  rant  stopthistrainiwanttogetoff 
september 2016 by kme
The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit - Vox
There is not a politician on earth wants to tell his or her constituents, "We've probably already blown our chance to avoid substantial suffering, but if we work really hard and devote our lives to the cause, we can somewhat reduce the even worse suffering that awaits our grandchildren." [crowd roars]
science  agw  thefuture 
may 2015 by kme
The One Prediction at TED That Really Will Come True | WIRED []
“For anyone to tell you Mars will be there to back up humanity is like the captain of the Titanic telling you that the real party is happening later on the life boats,” Walkowicz said. “It is hubris to believe that interplanetary colonization will be enough to save us from ourselves.”
vr  thefuture  mars  ted  perspective 
march 2015 by kme
Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle - YouTube
Joshua Berk: Apple's Swift was [clearly] influenced by Bret Victor + Chris Granger (Light Table). To me, this feels like the future of programming.

"Creators need an immediate connection with what they're creating. When I see ideas dying, it hurts. I see a tragedy"
programming  thefuture  video  inspiration 
august 2014 by kme
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