EduBlogger Event ’07

Maybe it's just the title of his blog that hooked me in, but I'm going to be participating in Steli Efti's EduBlogger Event 07 on Saturday! Basically, every hour a new author is going to put up a post on the SuperCoolSchool blog. For the entire next hour, people can converse back and forth with [...]

By | March 28th, 2007|Musings|Comments Off on EduBlogger Event ’07

Discussion Starters via Blog

Every once in a while, I check out my 'ego-feed' to see what links are coming in (Ok, ok, I do it several times a week) and came across the blog of Andrew Pass. He linked to the post I put up yesterday and responded with a series of 'discussion starters'. 1. What does the [...]

By | March 28th, 2007|Musings|1 Comment

I try to remain impartial. Do you care?

When I first started working for Discovery Education, I was really worried that people would shy away from the blog because they'd think of me as some kind of corporate shill. I'd like to think that it hasn't happened. While I do link to some of the more important or significant events, largely I've separated [...]

By | March 27th, 2007|Musings|14 Comments

The dark side of blogging

I like to look at the world through rose colored glasses. I think the vast majority of humanity has the best of intentions and are inherently good people. Alan actually said it pretty well when he commented, "I firmly believe that the numbers of times people create meaningful, positive connections via the net far outweighs, [...]

By | March 27th, 2007|Musings|2 Comments

IM Safer, monitoring without snooping

Ever hear of IMSafer? I just learned about it. I'm not a big fan of filters and snooping software, because I think most kids will just think of it as a challenge. But I do kind of like the spirit of this one. Basically it monitors all IM's from your children's accounts and alerts you [...]

By | March 26th, 2007|Musings|8 Comments

21 Classes: New blog engine for teachers and students

Will Richardson announced today a new blog engine that he was hired to provide input for. It's called 21 Classes, which I can only assume is an homage to Teach42, recognizing that they're only half as cool as me ;) Anyway, based on my initial trial, this looks to be the first blog engine since [...]

By | March 20th, 2007|Musings|3 Comments

Delete $38 Billion dollars worth of data? (Y/N)

Via my wife, Jessica. Have you backed up your data lately? You will after you read this! Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion. ADVERTISEMENT That's what happened to a computer technician [...]

By | March 20th, 2007|Musings|Comments Off on Delete $38 Billion dollars worth of data? (Y/N)

Don’t let a few bad apples spoil the whole darn bunch

A week or two ago, Alan posted something that really resonated with me about how we tend to focus so much on the stranger-danger side of the internet that you don't hear about the positive side of networking with 'strangers'. There is so much fear flying about internet behavior. Yes, there are real predators, and [...]

By | March 20th, 2007|Musings|4 Comments