Chicago Way May Come to Have Enlighted Meaning

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At the OpenGov Chicago meetings, there is energy and excitement. Carlson, Tolva, and Goldstein have all attended. As a journalist teacher, I find encouragement to get involved with the data. And that’s what I’ll be doing this semester. there’s something new going on in the Windy City that’s worth sharing with the rest of the country and world.


Cyberinfrastructure is the organized aggregate of technologies enabling access and coordination of information technology resources to facilitate science, engineering, and societal goals. Wow, I just discovered that NSF has been thinking about the big picture of how you would use some of the cool commercial apps and the way sites work in many fields. I had been imagining an Amazon-like front-end to organize educational resources like videos and TED lectures, and the like, that would include professional and teacher reviews of material. Now I find out NSF folks have been thinking about this as the way we will do science, education, and society in the 21st century.
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Journalists from Netherlands Refute Wilders’ Claims

A friend of mine (and a journalist) from Holland sent me this. Echoes of some of the irrational speech that is passing for political talk in the US today. First there is the text of an email from some concerned Dutch journalists that cites facts about Holland and its Muslim population, then the text of the irresponsible Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament. Wilders is practicing the technique that Hitler perfected, the Big Lie, repeated over and over. Responsible journalists need to be reporting on the facts over and over, to put the lie to charismatic speakers who propagandize without reference to facts.

Digital Distractions not Novel, Remember Ahab?

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I feel like saying “what she said” to this short piece from the NYTimes Magazine by Virginia Heffernan. Her point is that there is nothing new about being so into one idea, game, book, or anything, that you igore everything else. Think Ahab’s unhealthy obsession with Moby Dick, or revisit Tom Sawyer who fidgets in church, but finds the world a wonder of interesting attractions. The trouble with technology and teaching isn’t whether computers are changing the children’s brains, it is that our schools are changing EXPLICIT curriculum, but are blind and ignore the IMPLICIT or hidden curriculum that comes with the way our school systems organize most education today. The problemĀ  is *not* technology and some mysterious brain wave patterns and an illusive attention “span” norm.