Is the net making us smarter or dumber?

“I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
~ Bill Watterson
Is the net making us smarter or dumber?  and does it matter?
If we accept what he is saying as truth; what does this mean to us as teachers?  What does it do to our assessments?  Can one truly assess this new concept of  intelligence ?  How is it done?  and of course…how do we best teach it?


Nicholas CarrBrian Cathcart –  Doris Lessing

Education 2050 – Neural and Networked

No one wants advice, only collaboration.
~ John Steinbeck(1902 – 1968)

Well this blog is kind of morphing into a place for sharing ideas that will hopefully guide our WiredWednesday conversations.  It wasn’t the vision and it needs more time, but i just don’t have it right now.  I do want to share this though as it is one of the more powerful things i have seen recently:

Some parts i really found provocative:

  • schools exist as a place to send kids while grown ups work
    • a teacher whose students don’t learn will not get fired; but one that allows their students to run around the city would.
  • what will be the mark of a good teacher in 2050
  • building intellectual alloys
  • basic building blocks of Education in the 21st century
  • participatory, personalize, post-national
  • two million minutes
  • writing
    • average writing assignment:  a paragraph to one page and length
  • brain research in 2050
  • if email is outdated; where does that put books and writing
  • choosing which form is more/most appropriate?
    • exactly what Bill and i were promoting with our PBL initiative
  • lifelong vs. k-12
  • long term problems within a “short-term” game (politics)

Knowledge at the End of the Information Age

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.
– Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784),
quoted in Boswell’s Life of Johnson

It is another long one; it is (in my humble opinion) very worth it.

thanks to “the bad Mark” for sharing this with me.

mysteries of the mind

“Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them”
– quote from: motivational extreme sports posters

disclaimer:  this is an odd post and unlike any others in here, however i found this video really powerful and wanted to share it here.

I love extreme sports; i always have.  Skiing, kite surfing, mountain biking, sky diving, bungee jumping or anything that could get more adrenaline pumping through my system has always been for me.  This video (and i am sure my entry into ParentHood), really made me consider some of the risks that i have taken in my life and the continued pushing of the collective envelope in all extreme sports.

More “Mysteries of the Mind” can be found here.