Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Originally, this was intended to be a book.

For years, I have been threatening to write a book with this title.  Alas, I never seem to find the quiet, quality time required for such an endeavor.  The tyranny of the urgent can be a powerful tool for procrastination.  Perhaps more importantly, it may be that a traditional book is no longer the best medium for these sorts of ideas, any more than a student of the Renaissance would have written about Gutenberg's amazing invention on a cuneiform tablet.  Nowadays, a blog does seem more appropriate to my topic, and not just to my human shortcomings as an author.  Sometimes sooner is better than better.  The incorporation of comments from readers is also apt to add value well beyond my own musings.  I suppose that the resulting document could always be printed on paper, someday, if there are still any trees left on this planet by the time I finish.  In any event, for those who care about whether -- and in what ways -- technology might be used to improve learning in our schools, then my fond hope is that you may find these postings to be helpful and relevant, albeit perhaps less well-organized or polished than had they been held in abeyance for eventual release in printed form. 

2 comments:

  1. The internet in my life has been tyrannical and overbearing. Until recently I had no way to stop it from engulfing all my time. I had to throw away my video games, and computer for a year to release myself of the addiction. It took me three computers to do so, and about two years to learn how to use it again in moderation. Books are not outdated though I found my answer to the addiction through withdrawals and a book called The Paradox of Choice which I hardly recommend. Now two years later one of my favorite past times is reading. It took about a year for me to learn to relax enough to truly enjoy reading, and I think that is the fault of too many choices. The internet is ominously open ended and seems to have the ability to fragment solid thinking, at least it did for me. That's just my two cents, I hope that is what the topic is about in the first place. Oh, and technology can bring information easily and freely to people like this blog for instance. If used in moderation.

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