Category Archives: PLENK 2010

The Transparent Toaster: The Formal/Informal Learning Dilemma Heats Up

You take something that is creative and open-ended – quests, videos, blog posts, play – and because it needs to be measured, participants are given common and clearly defined ‘objectives’ to aim for. And steadily and surely the fun and … Continue reading

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My “Tool of Everything” — the E8

“. . . our universe is a growing E8 coral with particles interacting at every location in all possible ways according to a beautiful pattern.”  Garrett Lisi, TED 2008 E8 Polytope (Wikipedia) My Personal Knowledge Environment is evolving faster than … Continue reading

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Reaching into the Future

“I have expectations when I write.”  — Melina Marchetta, author I’ve grappled with the question of goals and outcomes that came up a few weeks ago.  It seems a logical progression to begin with outcomes, decide how those outcomes will … Continue reading

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Creating Theory

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things [read “theories”] before breakfast” — Lewis Carroll, 1872, Through the Looking Glass Simply defined, “a theory is a conceptual model of how the world works . . .” (Hunter-Gatherer Wiki, … Continue reading

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The Future Belongs to a Different Kind of Person

It was the best of classes, it was the worst of classes. This was not my beloved YA lit class but another, Reading in the Content Areas, a generic one that I enjoy teaching even though it’s not my own … Continue reading

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You Can’t Use the Same Tool Twice

I originally wrote the blog post, “Real Problem – Virtual Solution” to explain how Second Life serves my learning and teaching as a tool in my PLE. And my writing generated a question about affordances because I’ve seen Second Life … Continue reading

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Real Need — Virtual Solution

I’m usually so high after a great class that I’m can’t sleep. A huge part of my resistance to taking the “Teaching Through Literature with Young Adults” graduate course online was selfishly not wanting to lose my weekly fixes but … Continue reading

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