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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…

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.…