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On privacy, and the use of our personal information
June 12, 2013 | 3:41 pm

privacyThere’s been lots in the news recently about this issue. The latest article I’ve seen was from All Things D about Google wanting permission to reveal how many FISA requests its received. I think this is a good time for us to be thinking about our information, how it's collected and what can be done with it. It’s our information, after all. Don’t we have some rights here? I think Google has some good points. Two relevant quotes from the article: "And, like so much else that’s considered too secret to discuss in this matter, it’s difficult to have an informed discussion about any...

Why Big Publishing Should Care About Video Games
June 7, 2013 | 3:37 pm

video gamesHave you been following the story of Xbox LIVE, the latest-generation video game console from Microsoft? If you have any interest in media, content creation, and the new digital economy, you should be. Here's why: it allegedly comes with some of the most onerous DRM I've ever heard of. This article from GigaOM explains some of the restrictions Microsoft has built in: • It automatically makes a cloud copy of every game you play—allegedly for your convenience so you can play without the disk, but additionally because the 'always on' Xbox will phone home to Microsoft every day to verify that you...

Amazon Reportedly Producing a “Kindle TV” Set-Top Box
May 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

AmazonBy Jeff Kleist Amazon has been making its own devices for quite a while now. From e-readers to tablets to a rumored smartphone, the company has been pretty successful in establishing its own Apple-style ecosystem. So it makes perfect sense that Amazon wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to take charge of the one device in the home that even Apple hasn’t been able to dominate—the television—with a “Kindle TV” set-top box. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, such a set-top box is actually in the works. Given that Amazon Instant Video still isn’t exactly ubiquitously supported on TVs, it makes sense that the company...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2
March 2, 2013 | 11:10 am

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I'm doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I've only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we did some brainstorming about what sorts of technology the kids use at home. For homework, I had them keep a log for two days—a school day and a weekend day. In this week's lesson, the first thing we did was tabulate the results. The students averaged...

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study
February 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children's author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt's Tim Cushing argues that, notwithstanding some of the fallacies the author is operating under, in fact, many forms of entertainment these days are indeed given away for free. And of course, many others are paid for... I decided to have a quick think about the 'entertainment' we consume in my own household. How much of it do we pay for? How...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students
February 6, 2013 | 3:28 pm

As my school's technology coordinator, part of my job is to explore the different ways our students use technology, and how that's working for us. Are there tools we are under-utilizing? Tools we are over-utilizing? Are there concerns parents have over how their kids are interacting with technology on a daily basis? I learned recently, not to my surprise, that the answer to the latter question was a resounding yes. Children are exposed to so much technology these days, and it is so compelling for them. How can we make sure they're using it responsibly? Most of my students have parents who...