The Challenge of Blog Promotion

Have you ever finished writing a blog post, then anticipated a deluge of page hits and comments?  After all, you’ve just finished writing what you believe is a truly insightful post, a fresh take on a common theme or daily occurence, so obviously people out in the blogosphere will stop by.   I sure have. …

Addicted to Information?

I think I’m addicted to information. The constant availability of countless links, blog posts, commentary sites, e-mails, and tweets pull at me.  They all flash before my eyes on my digital devices, buzzing around like a pesky fly, tempting me to deal with the itch. So I usually do. I wake up and, before commuting…

The Challenge of Attention

See if you can read through this entire blog post without being distracted by e-mails, hyperlinks, instant messengers, or the phone in your pocket.  I bet you can pretty easily, if you choose to.  I also know most of the Stew readers are adults, many of whom raise similar questions of how the digital world…

Google’s Project Glass–Count Me Out.

Google’s Project Glass disturbs me. If you didn’t know, Google is working on a prototype set of eye glasses that are networked, potentially giving users an “augmented” brain, making a multitude of communication forms and information instantaneously accessible.  Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitted at a conference in July that the project has a long way…

Mission Impossible?: Fitting the Techno-Social Landscape of Our Lives into Neat Little Boxes

Originally posted on Psyche's Circuitry:
What can science really tell us about the complex roles of social media, technology, and computer-mediated communication in our social lives? It’s a question I’ve been increasingly asking myself.  As a scientist, my job is to deconstruct very complex phenomena into understandable components, put things in neat, little, over-simplified…

Notes from a Twitter Newbie

This past year, I heard–and saw–many students shift from using Facebook regularly to embracing Twitter.  I caught students constantly checking their accounts, sending mostly inane and sometimes shockingly inappropriate messages during the school day. Can’t w8 to get high and f%$k this school, to name a few.  I couldn’t stand it. Instead of focusing on…

5 Tips for Mindful Technology Use

As constant connectivity becomes more and more integral and tempting in daily life, it’s wise to step back and reflect on how you utilize online tools.  Are you spending time the way you truly desire to?  Are you efficiently getting work done?  Do you feel addicted to certain technologies?  My own digital journey is constantly…

Reckless Technology Adoption?

As I left my morning session on brain-based learning strategies at the SREB High School That Work Conference, I had trouble exiting–hoards of educators flocked into room 353 at the New Orleans Convention Center, wanting to find out how one Oklahoma high school implemented a plan for school-wide iPads, one device for every student.  Clearly…