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Technology and Education (10) – What to do in response? (Part II – Seven Applications)

This week I wrap up my series on technology with seven final applications. 1)    Knowing About Things ≠ Knowledge, Understanding, or Wisdom. In a culture that values entertainment and that has the ability to instantaneously transmit information, knowing the facts takes on new meaning, for knowing the facts does not require one to understood implications, background, or …

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Technology and Education (9) – What to do in response? (Part I – Five Applications)

If we knew how to restrict our lives’ appurtenances to the right and natural limits, we would discover that the greater part of the arts and sciences as now practiced are of no practical use to us. -Montaigne   There were two great dystopian authors in the twentieth century: George Orwell in 1984 and Animal Farm and Aldous Huxley …

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Technology and Education (6) –Friendships and Familial Relationships

Sahar Dahi is a twenty-two year old Tic Tocker that gives relationship advice to millions of her followers. Specifically, she gives advice as to when someone should be completely cut out of another’s life. When interviewed by The Atlantic about her advice she was asked if she practices what she preaches. She claims that she …

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Technology and Education (5) – Education in an Instantgram World

It is Postman’s contention that modern communication, with its emphasis on the visible, has transformed American culture from a typographical mind to an Instantgram mind. In one memorable example Postman pointed out that it is now implausible to imagine that anyone like our 27th president, the multi-chinned, 300-pound William Howard Taft, could be put forward …

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Technology and Education (4) – All Discourse Becomes Entertainment in an Instantgram World

Two weeks ago I ended my message by stating that that the form in which ideas are expressed affects the content of those ideas. I think we can take this further and assert that the forms of discourse regulate, and even dictate, what kind of content can issue from such forms. For example, it is perfectly …

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Technology and Education (3) – The Rise of the Instantgram Mind

The typographical mind, grounded in words and ideas, is worlds apart from what I will refer to as the Instantgram mind, a mind formed by images. To understand the distance between the two, consider the following. Postman asserted that until relatively recently, public figures were known largely by their written words and not by their …

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