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Goodness of Fit

May 30, 2012

“When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.”  Samuel Johnson When I was in high school I worked at a shoe store.  We had that old silver tool to determine the size of shoe that would fit.  It was rarely accurate, as it didn’t take into account various […]

Feedback is a Gift

November 22, 2011

“If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands.”     –Polykarp Kusch Tis the season.  Time to make the list, choose the perfect gift, wrap it […]

Discovering the Layers of Culture

November 12, 2011

“The universe is true for all of us and different for each one.”     Marcel Proust When I was in elementary school, a lesson each year in geography had to do with contour maps.  The maps were in 2D on a textbook page, and I never understood the concept that these maps represented elevation. Years […]

The Power of OPT(other people’s thinking)

September 1, 2011

 “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”     — Steve Jobs   On the first day of class, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple.  A tweet entitled “Why Steve Jobs’ resignation is a (relative) non-event […]

Why Must I Insist on Making it Complicated?

March 30, 2011

“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”  — Paul Rand I have a crazy ritual every time we are having friends over […]

Learners Need a Cleared Path

November 9, 2010

“If, when and how students and teachers choose to take advantage of these opportunities will define the future of networked learning and personal learning environments within the structure of school.  However, the nature of personal learning is such that students with Internet access can choose to participate without that structure.”     – Wendy Drexler Last Saturday […]