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15 Comments

  1. Tom Hoffman

    October 15, 2008 - 11:57 am

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

  2. Jackie Ballarini

    October 15, 2008 - 2:10 pm

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

  3. Jason Dyer

    October 15, 2008 - 2:31 pm

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

  4. Kate

    October 15, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    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. dan

    October 15, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    @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. Dina

    October 15, 2008 - 4:03 pm

    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. Chris Lehmann

    October 15, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    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. Dina

    October 16, 2008 - 7:06 am

    “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. dan

    October 16, 2008 - 7:51 am

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

  10. Dina

    October 16, 2008 - 11:49 am

    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. Bill Fitzgerald

    October 16, 2008 - 12:58 pm

    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. Dina

    October 16, 2008 - 3:45 pm

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

  13. dkzody

    October 18, 2008 - 8:38 am

    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. Flint

    October 20, 2008 - 6:10 am

    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?