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Too Long; Didn’t Read #175

Finding the sweet spot TL;DR #175 - 11/23/2018 Hey all, welcome to TL;DR. Each week I synthesize the news of the week that I think you need to know in education, tech, & literacy. This week I was involved in the following: Digital Literacies and the Skinner Box - As I dig in to Behaviorism…

The Black Box & Educational Technologies

To behaviorists, the mind is a “black box.” In science and engineering, the term black box refers to any complex device for which we know the inputs and outputs, but not the inner workings. For example, to many of us, our mobile devices are a black box. We push the buttons on the phone, select the app…

Digital Literacies and the Skinner Box

If you recognize the name B.F. Skinner, you most likely associate him with behaviorism, a theoretical perspective that focuses on human behaviors a primarily responses to stimuli. This approach assumes that all behaviors are responses to stimuli from the outside world, either rewards or punishment.  This system of rewards and/or punishment is known as operant…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #174

Somewhere I belong TL;DR #174 - 11/17/2018 Hey all, welcome to TL;DR!!! Each week I synthesize the news of the week that I think you need to know in education, tech, & literacy. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Houston, TX. I’m here for NCTE 2018 where I’m slated to present twice. I…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #173

I was gone for a minute but I’m back nowTL;DR #173 - 11/10/2018 Hey all, welcome to TL;DR!!! Each week I synthesize the news of the week that I think you need to know in education, tech, & literacy. This week I was involved in the following: MURSDLeads: Anya Kamenetz - As a reminder, I…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #172

Technopanic & the Screentime Debate TL;DR #172- 11/03/2018 Next week I’m helping to facilitate some discussions around screentime. Thursday, November 8th, 2018, I’m sitting in on an interview panel with Anya Kamenetz to discuss her book, The Art of Screentime. This discussion will be livestreamed on the YouTube Channel for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District.…

How to respond to trolling behaviors

If you interact online, chances are you have witnessed trolling and trolling behaviors. You may also have been targeted by these behaviors as they show up in comment sections and social media platforms.  A 2016 poll of over 1000 Americans reported that 25% of respondents were victims of online harassment or knew someone who was. Of the…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #171

Change is a state of mind TL;DR #171- 10/26/2018 TL;DR is a weekly review of things that I think you should be reading. A primer of some of the cool things that happened…but you may have missed. This week I created the following: Why people troll others online - I’ve been doing some deep reading…

Why people troll others online

When online discussions break down, we often point the finger at the illusive troll or identify behaviors we would describe as trollish. In my research I've been studying literacy practices in online, social spaces. In this context, I need to come to terms with the role of trolling and these anti-social behaviors.  This post will unpack…