click for pdf of condensed IOP presentation


I’m hooked. The conference is over and I can’t stop blogging! (I also adjusted my posts from earlier today so that I appear as the author for my comments in case we have visitors who want to start up a dialogue – the musical laptop game was fun!)

This article in the NY Times by Clive Thompson really made me think about why we are so connected to our technological devices:

“In seminars, students connect to the outside world. … Students are engaging in a different way: When I mention something, a student Googles the topic and introduces the result of the search in real time into the conversation. The same physical setting and social setting remains important — face to face, but injection of digital information into the context in a flexible way changes the learning dynamic. I cannot compete with a dozen or so really smart MIT students with Google and the web.”

– William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, MIT; former Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning

video lecture:


Diagrams borrowed from Davis, B., Sumara, D, & Luce-Kapler, R. (2008) Engaging Minds: Changing Teaching in Complex Times (Second Edition), New York: Routledge.

A decentralized network relates to complexity theory and knowledge emerging through a series of non-linear interactions, allowing for “multi-directional conversations that can occur in multidimensional spaces” (Davis, et al, 2008).

For more on complexity theory within education, check this out >


May 2, 2009

Kyla discusses how visual learners benefit from video in her practice-based course. I have found podcasting, modelled after the remix, to be an effective way to teach media studies. I take a television episode, re-edit it and add commentary. I try to duplicate the kind of critical analysis that is performed in the classroom. Video editing tools on the Mac make the reediting simple and quick, even for a non-video/filmmaker like myself. The next stage is to have students generate video analysis as a class presentation. Examples here.


technology is US

May 2, 2009


The media isn’t “out there” it is within us.
“In any communication, it is the sender who is sent.” Cavell, Richard (2008). McLuhan and the Body as Medium. In J. Hauser (Ed.), Sk- interfaces: Exploding Borders—Creating Membranes In Art, Technology and Society. (Liverpool UP and FACT Gallery,  2008): 32-41

Jody mentioned that trial against Bittorrent users in Sweden:

change life

May 2, 2009

perhaps it continues to boil down to the marxist, situationist desire to