Video Games and Violence…

On the Media had a great piece this week entitled, “Sex, Drugs, and Video Games” about the relationship between video games and violence. They say:

Lawrence Kutner has authored a new book suggesting violent video games do not create violent children.

As the parent of three young children and a Director of Technology at an all boys school, this story feels good. Do you know of opposing research?

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Testing Flock!

Here we go — Just testing out the new version (0.7.1) of Flock. It’s pretty nice and the blogging features are amazing — I’m writing this in a pop up window in the browser — I can save it and then publish to my wordpress blog from the browser. Nice!

Hope everyone is good. I’ll be back to blogging soon. I’m having a great time webcasting at I’ve been doing some serious GTD work over the past few days. Also spent some time at the beach with my family.

Happy Summer.

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Online Predators — How Many?

When I hear folks discussing how dangerous social networks and the Internet are I find myself asking these types of questions: How many predators are actually out there? How dangerous is it to be online? Sure there are dangers and I don’t want to discount them, but in the story, PRIME NUMBER from NPR’s On The Media, there appears to be some exaggeration of the numbers on online predators — or at least an unsubstantiated number. Check out the part about the number 50,000 and how it appears in many statistics that are unsubstantiated. Interesting…

Do we need to teach our kids to be safe online? Yes.

Do we need to teach are kids to be safe in the really world? Yes.

Part of education is to talk to our kids about making good judgments. Explain to them why it is important not to talk to strangers if we don’t know who they are. Role play with them. But creating fear that is unsubstantiated is not the way educating kids.

Thanks, On the Media, for another great story.

More on the Public/Private Mashup of Life

This is a response to the following thread: Faculty with personal blogs, web pages, MySpace pages, etc

Arvind and Jason and everyone else… thanks for the wonderful exchange.

My internal conflict right now is what personal and what is private. I was reading A Whole New Mind on the way to work this morning, I finished the Empathy Chapter and went on the Fun chapter… I was thinking about how the use of empathy is huge in both my personal and professional life, how being a teacher and administrator and studying psychology can be applied to my relationship with my kids and wife, as well as my students. As I grow as a professional, I grow personally and where is the line? The fun I have with my kids allows me relax and be a better professional. The interactions I have with my students allow me to be a better parent.

So when I blog, I blog about life, and I can’t really draw those lines. This is bad when it comes to vacations, because I find it very hard to break away from work type of stuff, but the two sides of my life cross over so much, how do I separate them?

I’m asking questions that anyone 25 or under are living in a native way. The personal/private line is being crossed all the time.

It’s a very interesting time to be alive.

Interactive Webcasting at

A few weeks ago I signed up to be a Webcast Academy intern. Thanks to Jeff Lebow, Dave Cormier, Doug Symington and Konrad Dwojak, I can now run an Interactive Webcast.

Arvind Grover and I did our first Webcast today. We discussed our backgrounds, and what type of topics we would like to cover in the future. We had some issues with dropping packets, but you can make out most of the audio on the mp3.

We’ll be back next week with a more focused show. I’m thinking about an introduction read/write web applications that have changed our teaching in the past year. Or maybe an interview. What would you like to hear? Any other suggestions?

–Download the podcast here–

Thoughts from EdTechBrainStorm 27

Last Thursday I participated in EdTechBrainstorm at It was a lot of fun to participate in this Skype conference and add to the conversation. This is a neat format where they stream audio and have a chat room to include folks who are just listening. They also podcast their shows after they are finished. I encourage everyone to take part in their broadcasts.

I spoke extensively about what it means to work in an Independent School (check out NAIS for more info on Independent Schools). Being in a school that has high tuition and an endowment, we do have lots of resources, making it easier to purchase hardware/software. This might be different from a public school system that has to have their entire budget approved by a School Board each year. What I think it similar between public and private school is that it is difficult to change any culture, and unless we have strong leadership, big picture change is difficult. Whether you’re working with NCLB or parents who want their kids to get into very competitive colleges (or both), the pressure to keep doing what has been successful is difficult to change. Faculty development is about a having personal connection with and proving to faculty that the change will make what they have been doing for years better, sometimes a hard sell.

I also commented on the New Story conversation that David Warlick started a few weeks ago. Here are some links for folks who want to listen as opposed to hear my quick summary of the conversation: Warlick’s Original Post, Over the Pond and Through the Fiber response, Warlick’s Response, and Bob Sprakle’s Thoughts. This is an amazing conversation — enjoy.

I also want to plug the EdTech BarnRaising where the guys from EdTechTalk are developing a New Media Curriculum for Faculty. This is an amazing resource, and I want to encourage you to go there and post your ideas and thoughts. links for the week…

SOF: The Buddha in the World | Transcript of Radio Program | [Speaking of Faith® from American Public Media]
I’m Krista Tippett. Today, a provocative take on the modern world. I’ll speak with Indian journalist Pankaj Mishra. In an intellectual and personal adventure, Mishra pursued the history and meaning of the Buddha, not as a religious figure but as a critica … (tags: npr religion buddism)
One to One Computing in Independent Schools – Welcome to this collaborative resource!
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One to One – School Computing
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Teaching Generation Z
Teacher Weblog from an Australian … (tags: edubloggers)
Measuring the Impact of 1:1 Technology Immersion
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NCQ Talk – The Intersection of Technology and Learning » Blog Archive » NCQ Talk Ep. 16 – 10/03/2005
Amazing Podcast about the using stories in your curriculum. Great for librarians — … (tags: library podcast blogging)
Beta Schools – Practical Theory
The theory that faculty and students should be in a space of perpetual learning together — classes never the same, lesson plans always changing, classes fluid depending on what the goal is and what external information has changed… Interesting — ho … (tags: education learning 21st-Century-Learning)
Teoma Search: About Teoma
Instead of ranking results based upon the sites with the most links leading to them, Teoma analyzes the Web as it is organically organized-in naturally-occurring communities that are about or related to the same subject-to determine which sites are most r … (tags: search)
Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg
17,000 Books in the public domain … (tags: books creativecommons learning education)
The Home Digital Darkroom – Beginners Slide Show Tutorial
Digital Darkroom PowerPoint … (tags: photography)

The Future of Media?

Here’s a story called Epic 2014. I heard about it when the writer was interviewed on NPR’s On the Media (Interview). It’s a fictitious story about the next 9 years in media history. They writers hypothesize that ‘Media Wars’ could happen without any major news organizations involved.

The uses of the Internet are expanding and moving very fast. Traditional media is still very important and we need to make sure to keep up with how the changes that are occuring are influencing our lives.

Googlezon — Amazing

Here’s a story called Epic 2014 that I heard about on NPR’s On the Media this weekend. It’s a fictitious story about the next 9 years in media history. The author’s story is pretty amazing. They hypothesize that ‘Media Wars’ could happen without any major news organizations involved. The uses of the Internet are expanding and moving very fast, and we need to make sure to keep up with how this is influencing our lives.

On the Media interviewed the author of the story. Check that out at