Web Development Podcasts
My podcast listening ebbs and flows.
I am currently in the flow state.1
Anyway, I like these three podcasts that are all web development related.2
It really made my day to see ianvirgil actually print out and use the TuPac poster from this post (which was inspired by Dan’s post ). Funny how distance no longer matters- as they’re both in CA and I’m way to the right in VA. I’m feeling a mixture of pride (I love when things I’ve done are actually useful and used) and envy. Not being in the classroom sucks at times. There are certainly benefits but I really miss the kids and those moments when things really click in the classroom. It’s frustrating at times to do all this thinking about teaching and to have such a better understanding (as well as more tools) than I ever had before yet to be without a class of my own. I’ll have the chance to work closely with Terry Dolson and her Core class next semester. We’ll see if that helps.
I have always been rather irritatedIrrationally? Maybe. by the quote attributed to Alvin Toeffler. It was used in the start of the History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education MOOC. The participants are all supposed to be life long unlearners. Cute, pithy, tweetable but I fundamentally disagree with what the words mean. First, the quote- The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. I went wandering to find more about Toeffler and the quote. Know thy enemyI attribute this quote to Lee Cipolla. and all that. The book most often associated with the quote is Future Shock. I find only two uses of the word “illiterate” in Future Shock. I also found a full PDF copy online that returned the same information. I won’t link to it here but you could find it without much issue. I’m amazed what I find by adding filetype:pdf to my Google searches. Anyway, the quote below seems to be the relevant one and it turns out I’m not the first to wander down this path. He does quote Gerjuoy who says something close, but better and harder to quote. Psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy of the Human Resources Research Organization phrases it simply: “The new education must teach the individual how […]
and less lazy, I’d draw an extended comparison between the way our education system works and the way our Army deals with technology. I’d base it off this Wired article “How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social — Not Electronic”. I’d reference this O’Reilly article (which led me to the previous article and is the source of all the quotes because I haven’t finished the longer article). . . . the military’s infatuation with the bright shiny objects that support the big fight while missing the day-to-day realities of counter insurgency operations; a reality that revolves around people. -Stogdill referring to the Wired article I’d sure talk about that quote and how school systems and universities tend to latch onto Blackboard and other huge systems which do nothing for teaching (I’d argue they hurt instruction) but sure make big picture administration much easier. I would really explore the interesting connections between the security needs of the military and education and the resultant huge penalties in terms of software quality and response time. I really like this concept for a university or a school system- Instead of one problem = one application, I want a set of services and components that collectively add up to a generative environment for building stuff quickly. An infrastructure designed […]