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Chris Dede just played this video in his early-bird seminar here at Innovative Learning without apparent irony:

I mean did anybody see The Devil Wears Prada?! Anne Hathaway went insane from the non-stop multi-tasking. Is it too much to ask for a little restraint even as we prepare our students to compete with the Chinese / Indian economic menace, etc.? Where’s Dina.

15 Responses to “THIS Is What We Want For Our Students?”

  1. on 15 Oct 2008 at 11:57 amTom Hoffman

    Wow, that is wrong on so many levels. Also, all those people will be unemployed soon.

  2. on 15 Oct 2008 at 2:10 pmJackie Ballarini

    I’m confused. What was the topic of the seminar?

  3. on 15 Oct 2008 at 2:31 pmJason Dyer

    Maybe it was “secret” irony. Maybe it was “I’m so ironic, you can’t even tell I’m ironic” irony.

  4. on 15 Oct 2008 at 3:06 pmKate

    I don’t…get this….is he saying I’m supposed to teach my kids how to use a smart phone? Cause I’m not gonna.

  5. on 15 Oct 2008 at 4:00 pmdan

    @Jackie, couldn’t tell you exactly but it was the usual new literacies are necessary for kids who multi-task and learn differently, etc.

  6. on 15 Oct 2008 at 4:03 pmDina

    Sorry, missed that. I’m too busy curling my eyelashes and calling my fake Italian lover while grabbing Starbucks between classes so that I can be properly emotionally maimed by my meglomaniacal principal in stilettos. This is the REAL world, people.

  7. on 15 Oct 2008 at 4:38 pmChris Lehmann

    The worst thing?

    It’s boring.

    And whatever his point was supposed to be, there has to be a way to make it more succinctly.

  8. on 16 Oct 2008 at 7:06 amDina

    “It is not enough to be busy. The question is: what are we busy about?”

    – Henry David Thoreau

    (oh, god. I *am* a hippie.)

  9. on 16 Oct 2008 at 7:51 amdan

    I know. I have to Febreeze everything every time you stop by.

  10. on 16 Oct 2008 at 11:49 amDina

    Wait. Is it my Thai crystal stone deodorant, my Birkenstocks, or my green tea aromatherapy infuser? Because no one will tell me. Seriously. Help me help you.

  11. on 16 Oct 2008 at 12:58 pmBill Fitzgerald

    How is it possible to show that video without irony?

    Sounds like a great conference. Really makes me regret not spending more time on the circuit.

    @Dina, re: “Is it my Thai crystal stone deodorant, my Birkenstocks, or my green tea aromatherapy infuser? Because no one will tell me. Seriously. Help me help you.”

    As long as you are using them all at the same time, you are *so* 21st century. Better yet, have your calendar text your cell phone when it’s time to re-apply your Thai crystal stone deodorant, cuz that stuff don’t work at all.

    Cheers,

    Bill

  12. on 16 Oct 2008 at 3:45 pmDina

    For the sake of adherence to facts, Bill: I own none of those things. Including a smart phone. :) :)

  13. on 18 Oct 2008 at 8:38 amdkzody

    I clicked on your link to Christopher Dede and it all became clear. The guy doesn’t work in an inner city school where the poverty rate is the highest in the nation.

  14. on 20 Oct 2008 at 6:10 amFlint

    O.k. – so do we educate our students for the way we want the world to be…

    or do we educate our students for the way the world is?

    Not saying that the world is really this way (or will be).

    BTW – I never bothered watching Devil Wears Prada – so what exactly is supposed to be ironic?

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