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Resistance Is Futile

Resistance Is Futile

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From James O’Hearn… I came across a great article in Slate, – Why Johnny Can’t Add Without a Calculator by Konstantin Kakaes. The argument, in simple terms, is that what we really need to teach math is paper, pens, an old fashioned blackboard, and a textbook that is at least a decade or so older than the students. […]

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Back To The Future

Back To The Future

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From James O’Hearn… I got my wife the new iPad 2, and it quickly became the go to device for my kids for watching music videos and playing games. Recently, however, we started using it to watch TV shows. Hooking it up to the TV was simple, we just had to buy a little adapter, […]

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Thai Girls Are Awesome

Thai Girls Are Awesome

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From James O’Hearn… It’ll never happen, mostly because the Toronto Maple Leafs are addicted to sucking, and they like to fill their roster like the Oakland A’s from Moneyball (except that the Leafs ride high on a pile of fithly lucre, which makes their actions seem doubly insane), but if they did decide to take […]

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Unblocking The Future

Unblocking The Future

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From James O’Hearn… There’s a well known eLearning advocate I follow, named Scott McLeod (no relation to the comic book scholar…as far as I know!) who writes a blog called Dangerously Irrelevant. Scott has spoken at Tedx conferences, and regularly presents on eLearning related topics, and one of his main pet peeves, that I have noticed, […]

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Paper or Digital?

Paper or Digital?

From James O’Hearn… I still buy paper books…indeed I find myself drawn to the enormous Kinokuniya Book World in the Dubai Mall every time I pass by, and the new cherry wood writing desk I got for myself when we moved to a new flat is already a bit overfull with paperbacks. This summer I’ve […]

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It’s Not Really About the Money

It’s Not Really About the Money

From James O’Hearn… In a recent story in The National, there is a story about a UAE Naval Officer in court in the US over a civil and criminal matter. The charge is that he held an unpaid Filipina worker in the United States. At some point the maid escaped, reached the authorities, and brought […]

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Of Cures, Fixes, and Multi-Billion Dollar Canadian Ideas

Of Cures, Fixes, and Multi-Billion Dollar Canadian Ideas

From James O’Hearn… In Ottawa, they recently held the National Research Council’s 2011 Biotalent Challenge Awards. In essence, it’s an ordinary high school science competition, but the competitors in this particular competition were anything but ordinary. Here’s what the top 5 competitors did: 1st Place – Found a cure for cystic fibrosis. Did this on […]

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Harvard Old School Vs. The New Breed

Harvard Old School Vs. The New Breed

From James O’Hearn… An old Harvard entrance exam is circulating around the interwebs lately, and curious as I always am to peek into the schoolroom of the past, I thought I’d take a look. After reading through it, I found I had learned something, or at least come to alter my way of thinking about […]

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Seventeen

Seventeen

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Is school going well dear?” My grandmother asked, smiling at me. I didn’t reply at first, so she asked again. “Sorry Grandma. Yeah it is. It’s going good. I finish grade twelve soon and I’m gonna hear about universities in a month or so.” I tried to smile, but it was hard, and instead of […]

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Time and Time Again

Time and Time Again

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From Dubai Corespondent James O’Hearn… You know, I find it really hard to explain to my wife exactly why I not only need time to write, but that our separate understandings of what “time” means, are very different. To her forty five minutes means I’ve been writing for long enough. “Isn’t that enough time?” To […]

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