Facebook and the Humanities

I strongly think this aspect of Facebook's leadership, and leadership in Silicon Valley in general, is an important piece of the current trend in tech and politics. There's a reason the "Titans of Industry" in the 20th century placed such an emphasis on the liberal arts and libraries... "That’s because it was based in the … Continue reading Facebook and the Humanities

Defending the Liberal Arts

Long overdue... The new statement offers a counterargument to the notion that the liberal arts are impractical, and perhaps unnecessary. The disciplines, it argues, increase students’ curiosity, prepare them to be lifelong learners, and offer a foundation for academic freedom. As a result, the associations argue, the benefits of the liberal arts should be available … Continue reading Defending the Liberal Arts

Microsoft and Apple helped build new braille display standard

It's really nice to see traditional rivals like Apple and Microsoft working together on something as important as accessibility. Hopefully this partnership is fruitful and the two companies (along with other tech industry leaders) continue to work to make computers and technology more accessible for those with different kinds of impairments. — Read on www.engadget.com/2018/05/31/microsoft-apple-usb-if-accessibility-braille-display-standard/

To Post or Not to Post About Your Kid’s Success?

On the topic of whether parents should post about their kids' college acceptance on Facebook, but a good reminder for all of us parents who grew up in a time before social media and are still figuring out its long term impacts on ourselves and our children: "This isn’t your moment, as much as it … Continue reading To Post or Not to Post About Your Kid’s Success?

Dogfooding

After two happy years as a WordPress self-hosted install, I'm moving our 8th grade science class site/home/hub, GriffinScience, to Blogger: GriffinScience: "Because we'll be using Blogger as a main platform of interaction with the 8th graders next year due to our school Google accounts making that a no-brainer, I've gone ahead and moved GriffinScience from … Continue reading Dogfooding

Thoughts on Implementing iPads in a School

Below are my/our notes from Friday's visit to Saint Andrew's School iDiscover21c 1 to 1 iPad implementation: iPad Implementation Thoughts The visit was coordinated by Apple, so it was also a great chance to pick their brains on both the technical aspects of iPad deployment in schools as well as broader philosophical questions about what … Continue reading Thoughts on Implementing iPads in a School

Headed to Apple Seminar at 1 to 1 iPad School

Four of us from Spartanburg Day School are headed to Savannah on Thursday/Friday to see how St. Andrew's School is running their 1 to 1 iPad program... Apple - Education Seminars & Events - Digital Learning Environments in Action!: "St. Andrew's School is one of the only K through 12 independent schools that is currently … Continue reading Headed to Apple Seminar at 1 to 1 iPad School