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Unhappiness, iPhones and Generation I

...students who didn’t bring their phones to the classroom scored a full letter-grade higher on a test of the material presented than those who brought their phones. It didn’t matter whether the students who had their phones used them or not: All of them scored equally poorly.

from: How smartphones hijack our minds http://www.roughtype.com/?p=8248

Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything— ...recent research suggests that screen time, in particular social-media use, does indeed cause unhappiness.

from: Have Smartphones destroyed a Generation? https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-...Read more

Tim Lee presents at The Cybera Summit 2017 Banff Centre Alberta

I'm speaking about Tech and Education at the Cybera Summit. http://www.cybera.ca/cyber-summit-2017/home/

Examining the tensions that exist between private and public interests, curriculum objectives and technological literacy, security and ease of use, this presentation identifies the effects of commercialized technologies upon education and offers relevant suggestions for a sustainable, more secure, more democratic and healthier technological learning environment.

The type of computers a school purchases, the operating system it promotes, the software a school provides, the websites they frequent, and the extraneous devices they allow, all form the educational environment that shapes the experience and understanding of the child.

The Internet and computer hardware and software do not always function in accord with the public interest. Companies like Facebook and Google make income through...Read more

  • Nov 2 2017

10 Tech Rules For Schools

10 Rules that schools should consider when developing their educational technologies.
The magazine, "Education and Technolgoy" written by Timothy Lee is available for download at sidebar in .pdf format. It is a magazine for educators, parents and administrators promoting a democratic, safe, and sustainable technological infrastructure for schools.Read more

BOY MEETS GIRL

BOY MEETS GIRL is a feature film romantic comedy written by Timothy Lee, and Douglas Bagot,
You can watch it by clicking on this link:
http://aws-website-bmgmovie-1liku.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/
The movie stars: Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Kevin Macdonald (Kids In The Hall) Joe Montagna (CSI) and Kate Nelligan (Prince of Tides).
The Reviews are available at IMBD and speak to the writing of the film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169639/reviewsRead more

“In (Education), many take advantage of the ephemeral awe that the new computational tools bring — only to have it revealed later that their power was based on the tool they used and not on their own intellectual ability.”

“It is possible to claim that a (child’s) creativity is limited by the very programs that are supposed to free their imagination. … …Whenever they use a new tool provided for them by programmers, they think that they are now able to do something new and “cool.” But are they really doing anything new? Or are they simply replicating a process already conceived by the programmer who provided the tool?”

“In (Education), many take advantage of the ephemeral awe that the new computational tools bring… by using them as means to establish a new concept, style, or form — only to have it revealed later that their power was based on the tool they used and not on their own intellectual ability.”

The above quotes are taken from the introduction to "Algorithms for Visual Design Using the Processing Language" by Kostas Terzidis. I would have printed his whole introduction as it is an elequent comment about the need to understand programming in order to take personal control of the...Read more

The Stalker is in the Machine

Controlling outside influences upon our students when they are supposedly in the safety of their public school isn't as straight forward as discussing whether a company's logo should be on the gymnasium wall, or whether soft drinks are being distributed from a machine, because the corporate logo is already in our classroom. It is on our students' computers and it is present on every page of the new textbook that is the Internet, which we provide to our students and demand they use. Corporate logos are placed upon the TV monitors in our classrooms, advertising movies to our students as part of the default function built into Apple TV, --a flagrant sales device designed to be difficult or impossible to remove, constantly reminding the open young minds of our children that the store is always open, that we can consume with the click of a button!-- Advertisements are played out to our students in nearly every transaction they make upon the Internet through adds on Google and Youtube,...Read more

15 years later and still the same. No proof computers actually work.

The article is long and dull and old, but, I read it fully in the hopes that it might tell me if the computer in the classroom (make that the computer in the student's hands) is actually assisting in making the student more intelligent. It seems it simply doesn't. Well that was then, this is now.....

Conclusion

As this analysis shows, the use of computers in the classroom may not play a significant role in explaining reading ability. Thus, dedicating large amounts of federal tax dollars to the purchase of computer hardware, software, and teacher training could crowd out other worthwhile Education expenditures on, for example, new textbooks, music programs, vocational Education, and the arts. This report does not suggest that there is no place for computers in the classroom. It does, however, demonstrate that computers may not have the effect on academic achievement in reading that some might expect, even when they are used by well-trained instructors

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Surveillance Capitalism and Human Will

Anyone who appears to be against the great machine of technology is open to be seen as a Luddite, or worse. It is challenging to be articulate in one's own defense when there is so much propaganda and so little understanding of how technology really works, and how the largest, most profitable and politically powerful corporations are effecting human behavior. I found some solace in the the following words taken from an article by Harvard Professor Shoshana Zuboff:

Hannah Arendt once observed that indignation is the natural human response to that which degrades human dignity. The bare facts of surveillance capitalism necessarily arouse my indignation because they demean human dignity. The future of this narrative will depend upon the indignant scholars and journalists drawn to this frontier project, indignant elected officials and policy makers who understand that their authority originates in the foundational values of democratic communities, and indignant

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