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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

What to Video Stream from Your School

Video streaming is a new tool for educators, so they are likely to respond to the suggestions they adopt video streaming with, “What do I have to stream?” Here are a few suggestions: Announcements; Reports of sporting events–or the sporting events themselves!; Tours of art exhibits; Plays and concerts (as long as you have licensed […]