New voices - Jim Forde

Miguel challenged us to find new voices.

Over the next week and a half, I will profile eight bloggers that I've

found informative and intriguing. Most represent a leadership

perspective. Most are relatively unknown. All are thinking in deep and

interesting ways and thus deserve to be brought closer to the surface

of the blogosphere.


Today's new voice: Jim Forde, edtechNOT

Jim created the edtechNOT blog nearly two years ago as a companion to the edtechNOT.com web site. Both the blog and the web site are intended to "encourage debate on the merits and pitfalls of using educational technology" in schools and to serve as a counter to the unflagging enthusiasm for all things technological to which we educational technology folks often succumb. Today's quote on the edtechNOT.com web site gives you a flavor of Jim's thinking: If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there (Will Rogers). Jim is my favorite educational technology contrarian (and I mean this in the kindest sense of the word) and I appreciate his contemplative pauses as we attempt to make sense of the technology-fueled, rapidly-accelerated pace of change that is occurring in our society. Given how long Jim's been blogging and the quality of his thinking, I'm amazed that he's not much better-known in the blogosphere.

Here are a few posts to get you started:

  • How much ed tech do teachers need to know? (a rxn)
  • Edison's Prediction Revisited-revisited
  • The divide still exists....really?
  • Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias

    Happy reading!

    Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

    A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Politics & Current Affairs
    • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
    • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
    • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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    How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

    Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

    Image: Dicken Schrader
    Strange Maps
    • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
    • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
    • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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    Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

    The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

    Greg L via Wikipedia
    Surprising Science
    • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
    • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
    • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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