Archive for June, 2011

Preview of Coming Distractions

June 28th, 2011

One of the things I’m going to be trying with this class is a daily podcast. You can listen below, or use your favorite podcatcher to load it onto your mp3 player. (The feed address is

We’ll see how it works over the month of July.

Summer School

June 22nd, 2011

In July, I’m teaching a section of EDUC 628 – Technology, Education, and Culture for Morehead State University.

At the moment I’m re-working some of the syllabus and getting ready for a four week whirl-wind tour of some of the key elements of educational technology.


  1. Postman, Neil (1993). Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Note: We’ll start here. Ebook format allows instant download.
  2. Cuban, Larry (1986). Teachers and Machines
  3. Hughes, Thomas P. (2005). The Human Build World: How to Think about Technology and Culture.

Central Questions

  1. How have technologies shaped the economic, social, and political life and educationa ideals and practices of our civilization?
  2. Who were the major contributors to the creation of our “technological society”?
  3. What have been the major positive and negative contributions of major technological innovations?
  4. What might be the long-term positive and negative effects on education and society of today’s new technologies?
  5. Who benefits most from new technologies?
  6. What epistemologies are inherent in particular technologies?
  7. What value biases (personal and political) are inherent in particular technologies?

Things You Will Need

  1. See the link to Day Zero for the initial set up
  2. You will need access to ereader software (smartphone, kindle, computer, etc)*
  3. You will need to be able to listen to mp3 files (ipod, smartphone, computer, etc)

[UPDATE: July 4]
*Note: Make sure the Postman book is available on the format you choose. If you don’t have an ereader, go to the Kindle Support page on Amazon and grab the copy of the free software for as many of the devices as you can use. I didn’t specify that you need to by from Amazon, so if you have a Nook already or just prefer that software on your mobile device, that’ll work.