Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 3:04am

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sat, 16/02/2019 - 3:04am

As I am pushing, or perhaps being shoved towards, fifty years of age, I find myself becoming compulsively autobiographic because I am starting to properly appreciate the sweep of history in those fifty years, and perhaps more so in the fifty previous years.

By 1971, the year I was born, what started in the 50s as a covert attempt by the #US and allies to prop up a French colonial holding had turned into a purely punitive expedition, on an unimaginable scale, directed against the civilian population of three countries. Half a century later, the failure to establish client dictatorships in Afghanistan and Iraq has normalised a lawless, perpetual free fire zone from Afghan/Pakistan border region to the middle east and northern Africa, and now attention is turning back to Latin America after a period of neglect which, to the dismay of such esteemed humanitarians as John Bolton and Elliott Abrams, allowed the growth of democracy to infect that region "down there", as Reagan so memorably called it. The neocons have a new itch they need to scratch.

The insight of Howard Zinn, a historian who lived history as astutely as he analysed it, is as relevant as ever.

Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 5:05pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 27 January 2019 - 4:33pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 20 January 2019 - 5:34pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Thanks, Social Sciences!

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Facepalm of the week:

Educators must prepare students to be the multiliterate individuals that they will need to be successful in their futures. Schools are ultimately responsible for preparing students to be critical users of available technologies (Damarin, 2000; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004), problem solvers, and good communicators in networked civic spaces (Mishra & Kereluik, 2011; Binkley et al., 2012). 

To do this, educators must first explore the spaces provided by collaborative technologies for participants to engage in meaning-making in order to release the harnessed potential of said technologies.

Get it? Educators must release the harnessed potential of technologies, in order to harness students to the multiple literacies which will steer them to success.

Heaven forbid we were to get it muddled and release the potential of students, letting them steer the technologies according to the students' own definitions of success.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 - 5:29pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 6 January 2019 - 3:14pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading… not cartoons, for a change:

Sunday, 30 December 2018 - 6:08pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 23 December 2018 - 3:06pm

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This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 16 December 2018 - 3:42pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 16/12/2018 - 3:42pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

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