Tag Archives: Technology

Snow days! And, Technology!

Snow days are magical events, for students and teachers. The days preceding them burst with energy and anticipation. The magic starts with murmurs. One student says to another, “Did you hear it’s supposed to snow on Thursday?” As the snowstorm strengthens, students start rearranging plans and due dates. They think, “Let’s see. If we get […]

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The Mission Admission Launch

Juniors at over 50 high schools will be beginning their Mission Admission challenge. We’ve told you a bit about the grant in our earlier blogs, but what’s going on now? I went to a couple of schools last week and I’ll give you a little insight into how the challenge will look. There are three […]

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Toddlers in Low-Income Communities and the Ubiquity of Mobile Technology

It’s commonplace to see a toddler wielding an iPad that seems too large for his or her use. Young children, whose fingers are still too small to reach the home keys on a computer keyboard, can deftly navigate a smart phone or tablet. Before my cousin could read, she could use her mom’s iPad. A […]

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Dr. Brevity: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Conference Presentation

During the first week of November, I gave three presentations at the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Denver, Colorado.  For several years, I have given presentations at a variety of academic conferences, ranging in scope from musicology to American studies to education.  Each disciplinary society has its own peculiar set […]

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Anticipation – It’s Making Me Late, It’s Keeping Me Waiting

Remember Carly Simon?  Many of us remember a place and a time when we first heard a song.  It is the magic of music that it elicits such strong memories.  I was a junior at Villanova and Ms. Simon was already a powerful star.  She was to perform on campus for what was to be among […]

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A Legitimate Form of Academic Engagement

Kathleen Fitzpatrick ends her introductory chapter in Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of Academia with the ominous critique about the possible future of scholarly research: “And we will be silenced, unless we can create new ways of speaking both with that culture and among ourselves.” Her Planned Obsolescence serves as a rallying cry to academics and […]

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Beyond Orwell – The Chinese “Social Credit Score”

Despite abundant blunders and constant criticism over murky business practices, the credit reporting industry has remained an entrenched part of daily life in the United States.  Credit scores, for all their faults, directly impact millions of Americans’ quality of life, either facilitating or thwarting funding for higher education, home and automobile ownership, and entrepreneurial business […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Help?

“But I don’t understand what this video has to do with our section on plant cells, Dr. Berry.” My twelfth grade biology teacher replied, “If you’re not going to watch the video, you can go to the principal’s office.” “That’s cool, it’s probably more productive than this.” Dr. Berry sighed and turned the TV on. […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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Et Tu, Abe? Massive Cuts in Japanese Higher Education for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This past June, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (otherwise known as MEXT) delivered a message to each of the 86 national universities in Japan: to take “active steps to abolish [humanities and social sciences or HSS] organizations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs.” Naturally, […]

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