Why This Blog?

This blog is the repository of materials I use with my students to help them think about what schools and teaching may be like in the future. I will add materials as I find them. If you have suggestions for materials that should be included here, please let me know via Twitter @drjohnhadley or by Email.

I also use these materials to stimulate an ongoing conversation with students and faculty on two questions: How do we determine whether a teacher is "technologically literate"? and Must all teachers be "technologically literate"?

The first question is the result of thinking about the second which was the central issue addressed in a 2007 post by Karl Fisch, author of The Fischbowl and Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado: "Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toward A New Future of Whatever - Michael Wesch

Jul 17th, 2009
Professor Michael Wesch has revised his talk in the post that immediately follows this one with the title "The Machine Is (Changing) Us.

This is what he says on his blog to introduce the new video:"
Here is the video from my recent talk at the Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. About 10 minutes of it is a minor update (rehash) of An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, but the rest is new. The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, “You know, somebody should … ” there were lots of people saying, “So I did this, this, and this, and now I’m working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate … ” In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call “critical optimism.” Nobody there was blindly optimistic, thinking technology was going to make everything better. They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd." Source: Mediated Cultures

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Machine is (Changing) Us - Michael Wesch

Alec Couros called this to me attention. He said: "Watch this. Trust me. The video is well worth your time." I would add that it is essential for all teachers, students, and people interested in contemporary culture.


Set Godin and Tom Peters discussing the importance of blogging. An important message for teachers and writers!

Social Networking

Seth Godin on Social Networking. Addresses social networking in business, but of interest to teachers as well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Vision of Students Today

This movie was produced by students at Kansas State University and Michael Wesch.

The web page referred to in the movie is Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University. This website is a fantastic resource for the questions that we will address in class next Monday. I am only sorry that I did not know about it sooner. And, yes, I found it through Twitter! Thanks to @willswartz !

Monday, July 6, 2009

Next Generation Learning

In a short movie entitled Next Generation Learning, British organization seeking to expand the use of technologies in a classroom, provides us with a slick presentation by a 6th grader showing a variety of ways technology can enhance learning.

Dr. Richard E. Miller Discusses Writing With Multimedia

A remarkable presentation by Richard E. Miller of Rutgers University, a true "writing with multi-media" effort, that shows what can be done to change from a reading/writing culture to a listening/watching culture and still have our students (and faculty) contribute to the products being listened to and watched (authors, if you will). For the first time I see how my challenge to teachers to adapt to a listening/watching culture by teaching students to produce multimedia instead of just consuming it can be brought about.

Part 1

Part 2

Dr. Miller's Dream for Rutgers

This presentation reveals Dr. Miller's dream of how Rutgers should respond to the new approaches to teaching and learning that Dr. Miller advocates:

Shift Happens 2.0 and 3.0


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Narrated Version: