Semiotic Democracy

Palfrey and Gasser (2016) used the term semiotic democracy to describe the effects of participatory content creation on society. They observed, “any citizen with the skills, time, and access to digital technologies to do so may reinterpret and reshape the stories of the day” (p. 233). It appears high school students are providing us with […]

Debunking Learning Styles

There has always been something suspicious to me about “learning styles.” As teachers, we are supposed vary our delivery, so that each student can learn through the style that works best for the individual. The idea seemed too simple, and it seemed that it did not really explain what I observed with my students. “Learning […]

Titles in APA References Sections

Is is fast approaching that time in the semester when students are asking questions about providing references in APA format and they are confused by the capitalization rules. I have made this set of flow charts available to my students for a few years… perhaps others can use them as well. Have a great semester. […]


In 1644, John Milton composed a pamphlet in which he argues for freedom of expression; areopagitica has been adopted as a term to describe the capacity for individual to compose and distribute any ideas they see fit. Digital tools, especially those called Web 2.0 tools have been interpreted as the realization of areopagetica and students […]

More Thoughts on iGen

For several years, educators and other who care about your people have been hearing about “the Millennials,” which is the name given to the young people who were in school around the turn of the century. My children (who were born in 1990 and 1994) are firmly in the Millennial generation. Jean Twenge, a psychologist […]

Leaving to Learn: A Lesson on Meaningful Education

When schools are providing the type of experiences students really need, teachers are likely to feel unprepared to answer students’ questions. This is what I felt when Andrew told me he wanted to do an internship at his family’s towing and automotive repair business and start a used parts business for his project. There are […]

iGen: Read This Book!

A different review is available here: Twenge, J. M. (2017). iGEN: why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy– and completely unprepared for adulthood and (what this means for the rest of us). New York: Atria Books. iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less […]

The Capacity to Learn

This post concludes the theme begun in The (Overturned) Model of Standard Education and continued in Alternatives to the Standard Model of Education   A dominant theme in the literature on the future of work is that workers—all workers, white collar, blue collar, in the services, information field, and trades, and yet to be discovered fields—will […]