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Too Long; Didn’t Read #179

On new beginnings TL;DR #179 - 1/5/2019 Hi all, welcome to 2019. Hopefully you’ve started some new intentions for the new year after spending some time reflecting. I know I have. This holiday break was relatively busy. I sent out two research manuscripts, and an abstract for an upcoming themed issue. Pre-Service Educators Developing a…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #178

Time Travel & Other Dimensions TL;DR #178 - 12/15/2018 Welcome to this week’s issue of Too Long; Didn’t Read. This will be the last episode of 2018. I’ll be unplugging for the final two weeks of the year to reflect on the past year…and plan for upcoming initiatives. See you on the other side. :)…

Social Scholarship: Educators in digital, social spaces

Educators must prepare students to be the multiliterate individuals that they will need to be successful in their futures. Schools are ultimately responsible for preparing students to be critical users of available technologies (Damarin, 2000; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004), problem solvers, and good communicators in networked civic spaces (Mishra & Kereluik, 2011; Binkley…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #177

Would you rather receive this in your inbox? Balancing Care & Shame TL;DR #177 - 12/7/2018 Welcome to this week’s issue of Too Long; Didn’t Read. Hopefully you’re finding time to unplug and enjoy some downtime this week. Self care is important. :) The most valuable thing on the Internet is your attention - These…

Critically evaluating online information while under attack

A 21st century educational system must educate all students in the effective and authentic use of the technologies that permeate society to prepare them for the future. In the past, our educational system emphasized the use of traditional tools such as textbooks, chalkboards, overhead projectors, ring binders, and composition books. Now however, our culture has…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #176

Would you rather receive this in your inbox? What happens next? TL;DR #176 - 12/1/2018 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 at LRA 2018. It was an…interesting…conference this year. As I…

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…