The end times are here, and I am at Target | The Outline

"...we’re just trying to get through the next day or week as we suffer through the early throes of our collective demise, hoping that we might be wrong about the whole thing."

"This is the new norm. We’ve been fooled into believing we’re more connected, informed, productive, creative and happy. But in reality, this kind of social reciprocity eats away at our norms and values, and rebuilds them in harmful ways."

The Death of Social Reciprocity in the Era of Digital Distraction

Online Student Services: What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why | EDUCAUSE

From my experience, we often forget to ask/answer the "why" question.

Lonely people may lose the reflex to mimic other people's smiles.

Findings suggest that failure to mimic other people's smiles automatically could play a role in loneliness. Failure to mimic a smile might send antisocial signal to others, undermining social connections, & leading to social disconnect.

Excited to work with teachers from NC and SC this week at the Infusing Computing Institute. Today we start with day one of a weeklong look at computational thinking, coding, connecting, and creating. :)

I put together a quick video tour on "How to get started with Slack" for those times when someone invites you to use it for a new project.

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.

- Paulo Coelho

Inspired by issue #202 of the Digitally Literate newsletter -

Be digitally literate.

Here's your weekly read...issue #202 - Clearing the path.

This week we talk about Facebook moderators, rumination & mindfulness, spider dresses, and one-clickers.


“The challenge is that the paranoia and panic that accompanies a technopanic is often overblown and stifles the discussion, examination, and critique that is necessary as we explore these new digital spaces.”


Dropping my daughter off for her last day at preschool and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" comes on the radio.

Oh Poison.. you're oh so wise. :)

Watch "Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on YouTube -

49% of all Google searches are no-click, study finds

Some troubling news as we think about content creation..and content evaluation in online spaces.


“As educators that play with and embed digital literacies into classroom instruction, we believe the thoughtful use of educational technologies can help prepare youth for future practices and texts they will encounter.”


Mining lessons from the blockbuster game Minecraft - CBS News

"From math to chemistry to history, some teachers are seeing the benefits of playing Minecraft in their classrooms."

Encourage Young Girls to 'Do' Science Rather Than 'Be' Scientists.

"Telling young girls they can be scientists—rather than do science—can actually stifle their interest & motivation.” (Language did not have the same effect on boys in the study.)


Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know.

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees.

Unraveling the mysteries of preprints and peer review - Nature

The Transpose database includes details about peer review, preprints and editorial policies that are often difficult or impossible to find on journal websites.

Genius Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

Lyrics website Genius has accused Google of stealing lyrics from its site & reposting them in search results without permission.

Zuckerberg Deepfakes Are Forcing Facebook to Fact Check Art

This is not part of a malicious misinformation campaign. It's art criticizing the CEO of one of the world's most influential companies...How is Facebook supposed to fact-check art?

When the voice and the vision on the inside is more profound, and more clear and loud than all opinions on the outside, you’ve begun to master your life.

- Dr. John

Inspired by Digitally Literate #201 -

Be digitally literate.

Here's your weekly read, issue #201. Mastering your life.

This week we talk about data collection, facial recognition, Internet & broadband trends, summer loss, and avocado smoothies.

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