Monthly Archives: January 2008

My Secret Shame (best of twitter 1-30-08)

Well not so secret anymore- here are some interesting quotes I pulled from Twitter* today. They are at a conference and may be quoting others so please excuse any misattributions.

Perhaps we should define digital fluency not in terms of *being* (what I am) but in terms of *doing* (what I can do, and habitually do).

Gardner Campbell

I liked it because it puts the onus on the individual to “do” what they need to do, not hide behind nonsense like “being” digital immigrants. Now, to what extent does what you “do” impact who you are? Are they the same? Does it matter?

On training vs. education: would you want your child to have sex education or sex training?

Kevin Creamer

That echoes my hatred for the word trainer at my old job and the idea of getting together to have “trainings” for teachers. I tended to start what I called conversations with “This is not a training. You are not seals . . . ”

Great line from Glenda Morgan: Jesuit approach to faculty development. We don’t want their projects; we want their souls!

Gardner Campbell

Exactly, but you can/should expect people to be careful with their souls and less careful with projects. Are projects the route to faculty souls? (Is the love of money the root of all evil? What are laws if they ain’t fair and equal?) I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. It might happen occasionally but I think it’ll fail the same way a lot of “help” fails. Sure, things are great when you’re around and doing stuff for me but when you’re gone nothing has changed.

It’s beyond the teach a man to fish metaphor. It’s like convincing a man he really ought to think more deeply about fishing and then we’ll talk about your fishing skills and what types of fish you might want to catch, then will work on those skills, do some fishing, evaluate what fish you caught vs what techniques you used and . . .

“We’re done?” the man asks hopefully. . . .

“Nope.” You reply “It’s cyclical. Why don’t we think about fishing again?”

Somehow I don’t think that’s quite as catchy but it’s closer to reality (probably even for fishing- which is neither simple nor constant).

*I’m not advocating for twitter, I’m still debating it. Today was certainly a good day. I don’t see much use for it in the K12 classroom, maybe college (not saying there isn’t any, just haven’t seen anything decent- prove me wrong). I do see how it can be useful for communities of people interested in the same things.

My wife loves it and uses it to stay in touch with friends all over the country. It has become an asynchronous ichat for people who don’t have time to call one another b/c of children, work, play, etc.

Interactive Introduction to the Human Body


National Geographic has an amazing interactive look at the brain, heart, digestive system, lungs and skin. You can stimulate the brain with a variety of inputs and see what part of the brain reacts. The heart can be “put through the paces”, the digestive system fed, and the skin aged. You can even trigger an asthma attack in the lungs. Each section looks at anatomy, function, and ills. This could be the centerpiece of some great student-centered exploration in a health or science class.

via BoingBoing