Emphasizing the Gift of Attention

Like most teachers, I’m a few weeks into the school year.   I’ve dealt with shifting rosters, a classroom change, opening-school paperwork, and trying to establish a positive, productive classroom culture. Though my classroom actions and procedures, I’ve implicitly and explicitly emphasized certain behaviors and values, like collaboration, being on time, and organization. What’s new…

Fake Followers and Follows: Scram!

Congratulations! If you have recently subscribed to Mindful Stew, you might be the site’s 1,500th follower! Except that you’re probably not, as I know a large percentage of this blog’s followers aren’t real–I’m not sure how many flesh-and-blood folks follow the ‘Stew.  Freakin’ spambots.  fagner1222ds, dhexd, aeryn65, catalinatutu, and eugeniotony: I’d love to hear from…

I’ve Got Too Much Money Locked Up In My Computer

During middle school, I signed up for BMG music service over and over again, relishing the accumulation of cheapish CDs–12 for the price of one, plus enormous shipping costs–and my collection grew from dozens to hundreds over a few years.  Small black plastic cases gave way to larger wooden storage units.  My ability to make…

Diminishing Everything But Now: Time and Technology

“Time is not money. It’s the way human beings move through this thing called life. If we can bring ourselves to consider the ways digital technology can make time rather than simply take more of it, we will be in a position to live for a better today, right now.” -Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present…

Slowing the Twitter Information Torrent

I just finished paring down my number of Twitter follows from 55 to 25. Compared to other bloggers who write about technology and culture, I realize it’s a miniscule number.  But as of this writing, I find it burdensome to attempt to keep up to speed with Twitter.  Like blogger Cheri Lucas Rowlands, whose Writing…

The Digital Literacy Curriculum Gap

Are most teenagers inherently wired to seek out and use the internet for good?   Absolutely not.  Would I have harnessed the amazing connectivity and community-building power of the internet, had smart phones and tablets been prevalent while I was in high school in the late 1990s?  Probably not, especially if I didn’t have a…