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November 8, 2013
Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User
Feeling overwhelmed online? Maybe it's because you're working dozens of jobs
October 25, 2013
"Things Could Be Different"
A response to Kevin Werbach on MOOC "rock stars"
Kevin Werbach, a Wharton professor who has been teaching a MOOC on gamification (I know, my two favorite tastes together at last!), has written a Chronicle post decrying the use of the "rock star" moniker for MOOC profs. "The rock-star meme implies that teaching is all about performance," says Werbach. ...
September 12, 2013
The iPhones of Fall
These days, Apple is more properly thought of as a fashion label, not an electronics company.
August 27, 2013
The Condensed Classroom
"Flipped" classrooms don't invert traditional learning so much as abstract it
August 18, 2013
What Grows when MOOCs Grow?
MOOCs scale for bankers and industrialists, not for students
You might want to read this New York Times article about Georgia Tech's new online masters degree in computer science. The article is pretty good, reasonably balanced, and looks at the issue from (almost) all sides. Notable side missing, as usual: what students think. Anyway, I've said enough about this ...
May 20, 2013
Google Zombie: The Glass Wearers of Tomorrow
The best metaphor for Google Glass? Not jerks or junkies, but the living dead.
March 15, 2013
The End of the Hangup
Why the physical form of smartphones and the unreliable operation of cellular networks has made hanging up the telephone impossible.
August 7, 2012
On Big Cats
A dumb, frustrating prediction about OS X and technology reporting
I made this stupid joke on Twitter today: The primary innovation in OSX 10.9 will be the move to canine product names. I was referring to Apple's longstanding tradition of code-naming their OS X releases after "big cats": Cheetah (the original OS X), Tiger, Lion, Leopard, etc.. The thing is, ...
June 6, 2012
The Cigarette of This Century
Notes on the Rise and Fall of Blackberry