Update

I have been in the process of moving the past 2 weeks, and will not have internet access for another 2 weeks, so it will be a while before I post here again. Here are some of the existing resources I’ve posted here over the past 6 months or so:

  • A list of rss feeds for many education and psychology research journals, as well as another blog that automatically posts table of content summaries from journals without rss feeds.
  • A list of places to find ed tech job openings, as well as a link to another person’s list of ed tech related conferences happening this year.
  • A list of readings related to embodied cognition and education. Since then, some new titles have cropped up such as:
    • Acting with Technology by Kaptelinin & Bonnie Nardi. Some chapters are available online, including chapter 9 which compares different post-cognitive theories: distributed cognition, actor-network theory, activity theory, and embodied phenomenology. The authors separate the first two from the latter two in that the latter treat the individual as special, not just a symmetric node in a network. Nardi has long been an advocate of activity theory, and consequently there is little coverage of phenomenology. The only phenomenology reference they use is Paul Dourish’s Where the Action Is. There is no mention of Don Ihde‘s work on phenomenology and technology and embodiment such as Technics and Praxis and Bodies in Technology.
    • Teaching about Technology by Marc de Vries. This book summarizes philosophy of technology for technology educators and touches on phenomenology, but is way too short. The book is only around 100 pages and only has a couple of paragraphs on Don Ihde as well. The book makes heavy references to the 1994 engineering and philosophy book Thinking Through Technology by Carl Mitcham.
    • Mind in Life by Evan Thompson. This book is an anticipated follow-up of sorts to the 1991 book The Embodied Mind by Varela, Thompson, and Rosch. Thompson’s primary concern in this magnum opus from the outset is the problem of consciousness, however, so unfortunately that makes it not as useful or interesting for an educator or designer.
  • Descriptions of JavaFX, the latest free and open source programming language and development environment from Sun, as well as a table summary of some other rich internet application (RIA) options out there. JavaFX is still about a year away from being ready for serious use, I believe.
  • Examples of mashups combining the Google Maps and Simile Timeline controls.
  • Responses to recent critiques of problem-based learning, discovery learning, children’s first programming language, and 1-to-1 laptop programs.
  • An essay on introducing computers to toddlers and pre-schoolers. Since then my 3 year old has pretty much taken over the computer and eaten up anything I’ve thrown at him (the latest being TuxPaint and TuxRacer). He’s taking stabs at playstation and wii games now, too. He especially likes baseball.
  • A summary of U.S. funding for educational research.
  • Recommendations for the best free antivirus and antispyware tools to use.
  • Other links posted to del.icio.us.
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