Exploring Technology and School Reform
Of all my work I'm best known for my website, EdWeb: Exploring Technology and School Reform. As I note in on my Projects page, EdWeb is my attempt to explain some of the major trends in education reform and how new technologies like the Internet can enhance learning. You can also use it to learn about the history of the Internet and the role of the Web in education. It's been online since October 1994 and it was one of the very first websites to suggest that student web publishing could be a powerful educational tool.
Writing on the Job:
Articles for the Benton Foundation
As part of my work at the Benton Foundation, I get to write on a variety of issues. Here's a brief list of some of my articles:
1's and 0's:
Columns for Multimedia Schools Magazine
Over the years I've had the pleasure of serving as a featured columnist in several major edtech periodicals. In November of 1998 I joined the board of editors for Multimedia Schools magazine. I contributed a column to the magazine called 1's and 0's, which was about the convergence of the new digital culture and the world of education. Probably my most read column was Mind the Gap: The Digital Divide as the Civil Rights Issue of the New Millennium, which was one of my first digital divide articles that helped re-define the issue in terms of literacy, content needs and community-building. Another essay, AOLification: A Metamorphosis from Community to Consumption?, looks at how the Internet has become a world of polished content and endless websites, possibly to the constant frustration of new online educators. Finally, my very first column, Talkin' About a Revolution: Education and the Moral of the Amazon.com Story, examined how businesses no longer have to rely of physical locations in order to make a sale. What will this trend mean for education?
Other Writings from the Recent Past
An op-ed of mine was featured in 1997 in a special issue of THE Journal. It's called Shooting Craps in Cyberspace, and it's basically an off-the-cuff prediction piece of where the Net is going in relation to education....
Back in '95 and '96 I was on the board of editors and a regular contributor to On the Horizon, an education journal that until recently was published at the University of North Carolina. It's now released by publishing giants Jossey-Bass. As OTH's Internet Editor, I wrote a column on issues related to new media and education. Please feel free to check out some of the pieces I wrote:
So complaining beats praise three to one...
Read my Bill Gates story yet? In July 1997, I discovered that Bill Gates was going to pay a visit to the MLK public library here in Washington to dedicate a new computer lab. The event was mainly for DC VIPs and the press, which of course gave me a great excuse to crash the event. One thing led to another, and I was forced to confront the profound question, "If you could ask Bill Gates one question, what would it be?" Find out my answer in my essay An Encounter with The Man: Bill Gates, Libraries and a Momentary Redressing of Grievances, originally published in Web Review (before it became a 100% techie magazine).
Meanwhile, over at the U.S. Department of Education, you can find a nice collection of white papers on learning and the future of networking technologies. Along with these essays, you'll also notice a conference report I wrote on a two-day educational networking symposium hosted by the Department and attended by the white paper authors. Check it out and see what the experts had to say.
In the January 1996 issue of High School Journal, I contributed a piece called More than Just Hype: The World Wide Web as a Tool for Education. Though it's basically a rehash of EdWeb's WWW and Education section, it's still nice it got published in print.
Long long ago (well, long ago for the Internet - 1995), I penned the cover story for John December's CMC Magazine. It's called The Kids Who Would Be King: Electronic Publishing, Self-Esteem, and the Rocky Road to Expertise. It's a self-imposed change of pace from my usual "why I think the Web is neat" ramblings.
Finally, I wrote a couple of chapters on K-12 networking in The Internet Unleashed 1996, published by Sams/Macmillan. Unfortunately, I'm not in the more recent updates of the book, so if you want to read what I said, you'll have to hit a decent used bookstore.
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