Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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In Search of a Method

[ Responding to the last post.] What if the stories are the way in to an understanding? To worry that stories may not be “enough” on which to build an exploration is to negate the corpus of work on qualitative inquiry, particularly narrative inquiry, for example It’s through the stories that my questions take shape; my wonderings drift, connect, and I “see” what I am […]

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Research As Whiplash? Taking the First Steps

Research is a juicy term. Its definition seems straightforward, even simple. But it’s really more like a weathervane than an arrow. Therein lies the challenge. It obviously means a quest, or a search. For what? For information from which we build understanding and make new knowledge. In that way, research is forward-looking. The term research also carries with it the idea that searching is a […]

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Technology In the Sanctuary: The Story of a Revolution

What happens to the social and cultural foundations of a traditional institution and its members when they are pushed to embrace new technologies of the internet? Or, phrased differently, when these new technologies force their way into the most sacred spaces? If I were talking to educators working to foster new mindsets, practices, and perspectives of teaching and learning, the answer most often would be, […]

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Blog as Field Notes

This fall, I’m setting out to use my blog more intentionally. I want to use it to aid in creating my path beyond graduate school. I am not the only one who has talked about the impact of doctoral studies on one’s life. What I would like to do is recreate my own learning style. Part of the training of a doctoral program is in the […]

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The Quest in the Quest-ions

How do you create a life -altering course, or at least, the opportunities for transformative  moments? How do you quantify the learning in such a course, student’s or teacher’s? These are the questions and aims I heard in Monday’s session with Mimi Ito, Vera Michalchik, and Bill Penuel. I had hoped I could watch the session as I did some of those life-tasks that can’t […]

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