Monthly Archives: May 2008

EDUPUNK poster boy

Given that Mike Caulfield has already provided an awesome way to start thinking about the DIY spirit of EDUPUNK, I’ll figured I’d do my part by shaving my head, busting out the sharpee, and sporting my WordPress hoodie (thank you, thank you Lloyd). Continue reading

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Preaching teetotaler from opening scene of The Wild Bunch

Here is a great scene featuring a preaching teetotaler (Reverend Wainscott) from [[Sam Peckinpah]]’s brilliant [[The Wild Bunch]] —definitely in my top five, maybe top three films of all time.

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Man I live the way this reverend talks. It is such a melodic, syncopated idiom, almost song-like. I will do a […] Continue reading

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Permapunk

On the heels of unleashing EDUPUNK on the internets (see here for more), I’ll give the first of, hopefully, many examples of what EDUPUNK is—examples being one way at defining EDUPUNK if you should be so brave. I have a few of my own in mind, so here goes the first.

Keira McPhee’s front lawn […] Continue reading

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The Glass Bees

With my no-internet, hippie-like vacation to [[Montauk, New York|Montauk]] behind me now, I can return to the bava and continue the excruciating futility that is my life online. I enjoyed the time away because I was able to do something I hadn’t done in too long, i.e., read a few books that have nothing to […] Continue reading

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Faculty Academy Videos, or the beauty of our New Media Specialist

Faculty Academy posts will be streaming in irregularly as I grok this year’s amazing event. So much to say, but for the time being I’ll be relatively brief. This year’s conference was about many things, pushing the boundaries, going boldly, and refusing fear as an alternative. One thing from this year’s Faculty […] Continue reading

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Finally, Course Aggregation Made Easy

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Well, it took us over a year, and with several iterations along the way, but I think UMW Blogs will now be able to provide dead simple aggregation of posts from numerous, distributed blogs with very little work, but a little bit of money for the plugin extension ($50 to […] Continue reading

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Night of the Living Republicans

Anand Rao put together this fun JibJab mashup as an added bonus for the lunch festivities. The main event was Faculty Academy’s first annual Deck Wars —which was a blast and has officially crowned its first annual champion: Jeff McClurken, video forthcoming .

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Tiltfactor

Dr. Janet Murray’s unbelievably intelligent and thought-provoking talk, “Inventing the Medium: Learning and Symbolic Expression from Knucklebones and Senet to Second Life and Spore,” examined the historical role of games and game play upon the evolution of humanity, communication, and representation (read the abstract here and video will be forthcoming). Immensely interesting stuff that […] Continue reading

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Shark Surfing

This is awesome, found it via Dan Coleman’s Open Culture blog, and it is just amazing how insane people can be (if it isn’t a fake, but I tend to agree with Dan that this is the real deal). Sometimes I love humanity, and the minute and half video below is why. Despite the […] Continue reading

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This ain’t yo mama’s e-portfolio, part 3

So, to pick up on parts 1 and 2, part 3 is an examination of some of the uses and possibilities of feed-driven architecture for dealing with the varying ways we might understand a portfolio, which—as Stephen Downes notes here—is in the midst of a pretty significant transformation. A change premised on re-imagining the portfolio […] Continue reading

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