Hughes: Day 5

A very short post today. You’ve all got better things to do than listen to me.

Hughes Day 4

Comment on the posts that your classmates made yesterday.

Listen to today’s podcast. (Yesterday’s podcast was the wrong date. The correct one is there now.)

Read Hughes chapter 5.

Write in your blogs.

1. How does the machine oriented esthetic relate to the educational movements of the Twentieth Century? For example, what value is expressed by educational television? New math?

2. In this environment of command and control, mass production, and the military-industrial complex (remember chapter 4), where did the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s come from? Was there a corresponding movement in education?

And for a new voice to add to our mix, Brian Lamb is an infrequent poster of the Canadian Pursuasion. He’s got a new post up this morning at Abject Learning. You should read it (and subscribe to his feed).

You might also check out CogDogBlog (Alan Levine) who’s one of the original edubloggers out there. He’s been through some changes and is still pitching. He was pitching sand yesterday, as it happens.

Hughes: Day 3

Some brief notes in the podcast this morning.

Don’t forget to read and comment on the discussions happening on other people’s blogs.

(sorry. date was wrong on original file. it’s been updated now.)

Dance As Technology

We’ll be getting into the relationship between art and technology in Hughes, particularly as he explores the Bauhaus movement from Germany.

This just came through my feed reader and it struck me that here is a culture so old, so developed that hand movements which many of us might take for granted have stylized forms and names. Take a few moments and play the video and listen to Shatki Mohan talk about her life.

I was touched to see her dancing with kids in the street. This is sort of like having somebody like Paula Abdul hanging out in Paduka and dancing in a playground with the kids there.

The World Powers

July 9
Comment on the posts that your classmates made yesterday.

Listen to today’s podcast.

Read Hughes chapter 3.

1. Has the US established itself as “the world’s preeminent
technological power?” Where does Europe fall? How about Asia?

2. What other ideas about “Machine as Technology” struck you as
significant in this chapter?

{I’ll add the podcast when I get back from my walk)

Hughes: Back to the Garden

Hughes has some interesting takes. You’ll get a good introduction today.

Assinment: July 8
Listen to today’s podcast.

Read chapter 1-2 in Hughes.

Answer these questions on your blog.

1. What modifications would you make to Hughes’ definition of technology? Additions? Subtractions? Why?

2. Discuss Hughes’ use of a Judeo-Chrisitian mythos to explain human technology use. Does he give sufficient attention to other cultures?

Catch-Up Day.

The first of our three catch up days. Every week has the last day reserved for you to catch up (except the last one when there’s no time left). I rambled a lot today and I think this is the longest file I’ve uploaded to date.

I mention Stephen Downes as one of the important voices that you should be reading. His OLDaily is at but his feed is non-standard. (

Friday Finally

This first week always feels long to me…but it goes by quickly. Today is synthesis day. Tomorrow is catch up, read ahead.

End of Postman

Just a few comments this morning.

I had more, but deleted the file from my phone instead of renaming it. (I shouldn’t try to type while walking)

Postman Day Four

Listen to today’s podcast.

Comment on your classmate’s posts.

Read chapters 10 and 11 in Postman.
1. Does the idea of “symbol drain” work? Is it just too clever? Can symbols really be drained through overuse and dilution?

2. In this last chapter, Postman offers solutions. What do you think of his “loving resistance fighter” notion?