Is the medium the message of educational technology?
[Posted on the UOIT Technology & Curriculum blog.] Only a tiny fraction of what you communicate is sent through the words that you use, according to the research of Albert Mehrabian and others. Much of your message is sent through your tone of voice, your rate of speech, your facial expressions, your body posture and […]
Meaning-making at Seminary
I read this post recently from the Logos Bible Software Blog, “Life at Seminary: Inspiration and Advice”: What’s your favorite part of seminary? Jason: The conversations that happen after class, both with peers and with professors. You hear that lecture that stirs you up and makes you think about your faith and God in completely new […]
Reverend Doctor vs. Peer Learning
I have been thinking about the effect of culture on education, particularly how a society’s power distance changes how people think about and practice learning and teaching. Hofstede defines Power Distance and summarizes the difference it can make. Power Distance: The extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a country […]
Is Typing Making Us Stupid?
Listening to the CBC lunch-time phone in last week reminded me of this article (How Handwriting Boosts the Brain – WSJ.com) that I read months ago and the struggle that we had with Trillium International School to have our children taught cursive writing. “Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that […]
Cursive writing will never die!
My children have returned to school. A measure of routine is returning to my life. It is time for me to get back to writing. One of my friends told me so! Describing what I do as writing is a bit of misnomer though. If we are describing the physical act of tracing or forming […]