Old Gold Mountain Is Here!

Old Gold Mountain Is Here!

My first novel Old Gold Mountain is available now! Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also available through Apple iBooks, Google Play, and Indigo. Teaser: Justin Vincent is a San Francisco based artist who leads a secret double life as a cat burglar. He likes the freedom, money, […]

Virtual Reality, Education, Net States, and Behavior Modification

Virtual Reality, Education, Net States, and Behavior Modification

“…life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.” This quote is often attributed to Kierkegaard but was actually written by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The full quotation is: “Spiritual life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. It is new birth […]

Problems with the Portrayal of Autism in Literature

I recently discovered this excellent website. There are some great articles on the site about the issues with representation of autistic characters in young adult, middle grade, and children’s books. I’m interested in this because I’m currently writing a Y.A. book that features an autistic character. I will definitely take […]

Teaching Technology the Steve Wozniak Way

I love this essay by Syambra Moitozo about what it was like to have Steve Wozniak teach her computer class in 1995. Some great quotes from Woz: “It was less important to me what you teach, and more important to motivate people by making things as fun as you can,” […]

Matching Bias and Education

This is an interesting article. If Daniel Kahneman’s ‘dual-process’ theory is correct, it could be a useful way to think about technology education (and maybe even education in general). Maybe what teachers should be consciously focusing on is helping students develop their ability to access and use ‘system 2’ vs. […]

Great Essay Laying Out the Rationale for ‘Unschooling’

I like this essay On the Wildness of Children a lot. I’m not sure ‘unschooling’ is the answer but the more time I spend working in schools the more I am convinced that a greater proportion of the school day should be devoted to free play and exploration. I can imagine a […]

Good Editorial on Teaching Computer Science in K-12 Schools

I agree pretty strongly with the viewpoint of this article. When I contrast the computer science education I received in public High School (writing programs in BASIC and FORTRAN to solve real problems) vs. what I see a lot of now (drag and drop block programming environments like Scratch, Mindstorms, iOS […]

Interesting new report on ‘Skills of the Future’ from the Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published a report that attempts to identify key skills students need to learn now in order to be well prepared when they enter the workforce. The report was sponsored by Google and is based on polling of business leaders and students. It’s no surprise to me that the […]

The ‘Factory Model’ of Education

This is a great article. It offers some (much needed) historical context to the claims often made by school reform advocates that the U.S. public education system is derelict because it was based on the Prussian model from the late 18th and early 19th century. These same reform advocates often valorize educational […]