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Should I ban laptops in my class?

laptopsI’m struggling with a laptops issue.

And I fear that this post will make me sound cranky.. but it’s becoming a concern.

I teach a multimedia course, and naturally it’s great when students can follow along visiting the online sites I’m talking about, investigating the tools…  I don’t mind if they Google what I’m teaching

I ask only that they don’t tweet what we’re saying in class, no Facebook and please… ‘no cat videos.’

What I’m noticing is that it’s difficult for some students to have a laptop open and not be MSM’ing each other, Facebooking, etc. Some I catch when they think I’m not looking, others flout. They don’t care.

This gets disruptive when students are nudging their neighbours to watch banned skittles advertisements and more on YouTube. (No, I will not post a link)

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The power of Bieber: a case study

This is the story of a lovely, simple story by Postmedia’s Misty Harris about a 71-year-old grandfather suffering from advanced prostate cancer.

Peter Johngren,  found a YouTube video of Justin Bieber performing for U.S. President Barack Obama during his chemotherapy treatments.

In her piece Bieber beats the blues: Grandfather finds hope in cancer fight as a Belieber, Misty writes:

In the years since, Bieber’s music has become a soundtrack of hope for the retired medical doctor and grandfather, whose collection of fan paraphernalia is as impressive as his spirit.

This is also a story about how this lovely, simple story exploded today – a day after  it was originally posted – when the Biebs himself thrust it into the spotlight.

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Video: What if you were interviewed by your 12-year-old self?

Twenty years ago, Jeremiah McDonald made a VHS tape, interviewing his future self.

With some clever editing and writing, he sat down with his tween self, and answered some hard questions.

It’s a great video, and while clever, illustrates the importance of maintaining a curiosity about people… even if you think you know them.

Now I ask you – what would you have asked yourself when you were a 12 year old?

(I probably would have asked me what it was like to not have braces)

The iPad on the wall doesn’t work

I’ll admit when I walked into the room and found our two year old standing on a TV unit,  touching and dragging his fingers across the flatscreen, I wasn’t immediately struck by his digital aptitude.

I shrieked, and shoo’ed him away and told him we don’t touch the TV.

He was was confused, and said only “I want iPad.” (In that pouty pathetic way that only really little kids can do.)

To him, that flatscreen on the wall was a giant iPad. He can find Diego with a simple touch and drag… so where was it on the TV?

Rob Woodbridge was talking about his five-year-old boys today during a presentation at work, and mentioned that they’d rather play on the iPad than watch TV.

My boys, like Rob’s are an ‘on demand’ generation. They want to watch Diego when they want to watch it, and they’re not waiting for TV to play the right show.

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