It’s been a long year. That was the consensus this year at the 2020 Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. I also joined the Conference on English Leadership, which appends the NCTE conference each year, for the second year in a row. Each year I try to pause and take a… Continue reading Thinking about Connections: #NCTE20 and #CEL20
In my day job, I support secondary English teachers (among other things). Because of my previous work as a ‘technology person,’ the current moment and need to move instruction to remote contexts has provided me lots of sandbox space to explore my favorite things: writing and instructional design. This summer we ran a series that… Continue reading What I learned from Writers Workshop this summer
It’s Monday and I’m back at my Data Detox habit– just a few days left! Today is Day 6 and my task is to clean out the apps on my phone. First, Data Detox asked me to count up the apps on my phone. Full disclosure: I love trying new apps. In the old days,… Continue reading Data Detox Day 6: Feeling ‘appy.
Today’s Data Detox fun focused on Communication and finding out what my phone is saying behind my back. I was very much looking forward to today because my super smart friend @seecantrill is blogging about her Data Detox, too, and she’s one day ahead of me. Yesterday she introduced me to the idea of the… Continue reading Data Detox Day 5: time to strap on my aluminum hat
Another day, another data detox task. Today I found out that I am living in a Panopticon and I’m not the guard. I dove deep into the topic of what my browser is doing behind my back and I’m sorry to report none of it is good. Today’s task began with asking me to navigate… Continue reading Data Detox Day 4: Chrome thinks I’m a special snowflake.
It’s Day 3 of my eight day Data Detox and today was the day I went deep into the belly of the social media beast: THE FACEBOOK. First up, I was tasked with adding a neat little chrome extension from ProPublica “What Facebook Thinks You Like.” That’s when I discovered that I like turtles. The… Continue reading Data Detox Day 3: I like Turtles.
Google is my all-knowing BFF It turns out I have many questions about chicken. Today is Day 2 of my Data Detox (see Day 1 here). Today’s plan began with a quick survey that compared what Google knows about me with what my BFF knows about me. Since I apparently have no boundaries whatsoever with… Continue reading Data detox Day 2: I have questions about world-record chicken eating
Setting out on my Digital Detox Journey Last week I was digging into the think pieces about Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony, and I stumbled across this article from the New York Times. In it, Brian X. Chen describes the uncomfortable feelings he finds himself having once he downloads all the data Facebook (and other sites) have stockpiled about… Continue reading Data Detox: Day One
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It seems the world is returning to blogging. And giving the critical eye to my poor, neglected blog, I thought I should return to blogging, too. In the past months, I’ve been working on my dissertation, taken a new job at Pontiac schools, and in general shifted the direction of my career and attentions. I… Continue reading Returning to Blogging: an update on my doings