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I'm on! I'm on!!!

Forgive the movie trailer but sometimes I feel just like she does. - Bad carpel tunnel that.
I wrote this movie, Carver's Gate, A.K.A. DreamBreaker, with Douglas Bagot. Hard to believe that a sci-fi's plot of gaming addiction and the desire to be 'always on' has already turned into the norm of our society.

But it seems that most people are Always On. According to a new PEW study, 36 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 see themselves as "almost constantly" on the internet.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/08/one-fifth-of-americans-r...
Of course you'd not need a study to grasp the fact that many people are always on if you looked at a highschool. It would...Read more

The Costly Issues of Two or More Operating Systems in a School

Thinking about how iPads create finacial and privacy issues for schools.

Protecting a child's identity, location and online history from exploitation and surveilance by Apple and it's third party apps is a huge job that falls within the responsibilites of the school. The iPad isn't designed to make the job of protecting the child easy. It is designed for single person use outside of institutional structures. The iPad is designed as a consumer product and though it is often hyped as being an educational tool, the control of this tool remains largely in the hands of Apple. That means, the inner workings, and data flow, remain largely out of the control of the educational authority. Even though the iPad is purchased to be the property of the Educational Authority, it is controlled by Apple, the proprietary company, who remains in control of how an iPad can be used, what software is allowed to be used, who can use it, and how much privacy...Read more

Painting

"Aina" Acrylic on board - 48 by 48 inches.
I should re-do the photo of this painting as the painting is vastly superior in its coloring. But as so few people actually comes to this blog I will instead spend the time making more paintings.Read more

Student Work

My grade 9 and grade 7 media students are learning to make 3d photo-realistic animations using the physics engine in Blender. The video below was made by a grade 7 student.

Remember, there is no glass bowl, nor is there any cloth, nor is there a room. It is all modelled in the software environment.
Impressive? My hope is that through this process the student will gain an understanding of how media is created and how to create it. By practicing in the 3d digital environment I believe they will gain greater spatial awareness and mathematical understandings. Certainly at an advanced level this type of modelling and animation demands an understanding of code and mathimatical formula. There is so much that is crazy good about this. Not to mention that the physics engine allows them to virtually test different materials and designs for real world...Read more

Technological Literacy and the Curriculum

I am reading Technological Literacy and the Curriculum edited by John Beynon and Hughie Mackay, circa 1990. Spoiler alert! 25 years later and nothing seems to have changed. It would seem that Daniel Chandler's essay, "The Purpose of the Computer in the Classroom" with its closing statement was a warning not heeded.

"....whether it is actually possible to counteract the bias of such a dominant technology. Unless we can, the purpose of the computer in the classroom may not be that which teachers choose for it."

25 years later and the insightful content of these fine essays have little affected the educational system's blithe love affair with technology. Pity.Read more

  • Jul 27 2015

Privacy by Design

I would like to believe. I want to believe.
I think most things should be proactive, that we should work to avoid the pretense of false dichotomie, and I love the idea of transparency. But then, I don't think anyone actually worries how I am dealing with their personal data because I don't collect personal data on this site.
I can't understand how transparency will work if proprietary code is held as secret and sacrosanct. There are many cases in law that show, either with forethought or inadvertenly, individual privacy is held in contempt when seen as being in conflict with commercial or govermental concerns. And then, of course there is "complexity fatigue." So how do these 7 foundational principles enter into web practices in a real and meaningful way?
The objectives of Privacy by Design — ensuring privacy and gaining personal control over one’s information and, for organizations, gaining a sustainable competitive advantage — may be accomplished by practicing...Read more

Are We Teaching for Their Future?

Last I looked the preparations for the 21st Century Learner we're still underway 15 years into the century. Where is that entrepreneur-oriented education? Below is an excerpt from Yong Zhao's blog http://zhaolearning.com/2015/04/06/a-world-at-risk-an-imperative-for-a-p...

Excellence in Education

There is no disagreement that the world needs excellence in education but what defines excellence matters. There are two educational paradigms: employee-oriented vs. entrepreneur-oriented (Zhao, 2012). While both aim to prepare children to live successfully, the former focuses on transmitting a body of knowledge and skills predetermined to be valuable and the latter emphasizes on the developing the potential of each individual child. The former presumes that a body of knowledge and skills can be decided based on predications of

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Complexity Fatigue and Schools

"Is it possible that the population as a whole has complexity fatigue? How much energy does the average individual or family have to devote to privacy management? By this, we mean understanding the flow of personal information and the exercise of privacy rights and options. The importance of enforceable citizens’ rights in these deputizing situations remains. However, the likelihood of anyone actually acting on those rights grows fainter because of the complexity of life in an information society. What will best provide for the enforcement of privacy rights?"

from: Deputizing the Private Sector
Requiring the Collection of Personal Information by
Non-Governmental Entities for Law Enforcement or Other Purposes
by Robert Gellman, Stephanie Perrin and Jennifer Barrigar Digital Discretion Inc.
May 2015
An Independent Research Report Commissioned by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta...Read more

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