Monthly Archives: September 2010

The place of Rote Learning

As I read through module two, I was fascinated by the discussion question about rote learning. As I thought more about rote, I began to consider its possible place in history as well as its place in today’s culture. My … Continue reading

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Balancing Technology

Commentary on Neal Postman’s Technopoly: Chapter 1, The Judgment of Thamus By Laura Bonnor Neil Postman uses Plato’s Phaedrus to structure his critique of the modern world’s unabashed love affair with technology. He makes a concerted but somewhat meandering effort … Continue reading

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How Far We’ve Come

What I love most about old pictures like this that depict the technologies of the time, are the sheer size of the equipment. Contrasted to our present day Blackberries, IPod’s and thumbdrives – it is a definite reality check on how far we’ve come…


My name is Rob Shearer and this is my 9th ETEC course. I hope to be finished the program by next April. It has been a fun and interesting ride.
Professionally, I am a police officer and have been for 23 years. Currently, I run the Risk Managemen/Audit areas of our organization after many years in some different investigative offices. I am also a part time instructor at the University of Guelph-Humber in the Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology.

I live in Oakville Ontario with my wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 3 months. Its a busy house!

I guess that’s all for now!
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cc licensed flickr photo shared by lindsayloveshermac The question is whether the enormous force of technology, and its insistence on speeding up time and compacting space, will reduce the human need for narrative—narrative in the traditional sense. Novels will become … Continue reading

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Technology — Many Facets

I found the following reflection on “What Counts as Technology?” on a UK website dedicated to technology education. What Counts as Technology? Throughout the twentieth century the uses of the term have increased to the point where it now encompasses … Continue reading

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What’s on your desktop?

Desks in the study room used to be designed mainly for reading and writing text on paper. A comfortable desk should have a well lit, spacious flat surface to place our stationery and paper/books. The design of a comfortable desk … Continue reading

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Text: Record and Relay Meaning

Words. Poems. Recipes. Lyrics. Lines and circles. Scribbles of alphanumeric symbols. Organized clusters of pixels on a screen. Keyboard. Crosses and dots. Pictures on a cave wall. Books. Text is a collection of symbols that represent thoughts, sounds and ideas. … Continue reading

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Words are just words if they are written without passion and emotion by the writer. Continue reading

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Can you read this?

I consider the folowing, the “ultimate text” simply for the fact that I quickly realised that writing is a technology that starts in our minds and finds representation in a form that consumers can relate to. The following text was … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass — It’s Now Plugged In!

The combination of children, books and a computers all rolled into one drew me to this image. My name is Gordon Higginson. I am an elementary school principal in Vernon, B.C. I have been a principal for ten years and … Continue reading

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