Category Archives: technology

When an ISP fails: the case of Consolidated Communications

How bad can rural broadband get?  If our experience over the past three days is exemplary, then the answer is: pretty bad. Our home and business internet service provider (ISP) is Consolidated Communications (Wikipedia).  Some of you may recall that our … Continue reading

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When the mobile revolution and the digital divide combine

How does the ongoing mobile revolution intersect with the persistent digital divide? A new Pew study* updates us on how Americans are using mobile devices in 2018, and it tells us a great deal. Here’s one key finding.  20% of … Continue reading

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Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Yesterday I organized a NERCOMP event on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education.  I’d like to share some of the proceedings which seem especially important and also cool. Most of the actual work was done by Emory Craig (University … Continue reading

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Two thoughtful visualizations about technology, media, and ourselves

I’m traveling this week, so blogging is lighter, but I wanted to share two powerful visualizations for your consideration.  Both are about media and our relationship to it in 2018, albeit concerning two different topics. First, here’s a sharp depiction … Continue reading

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Post 1,000

Today’s post is number 1,000. That’s one thousand individual blog posts over the past seven+ years. What does this milestone number mean? We can look at it through stats. One thousand posts consist of 620,334 words, according to the WP Word … Continue reading

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The webinar must die: a friendly proposal

When was the last time you really enjoyed a webinar?  How often do we expect a webinar to actually teach us something, or to provide a social or emotional connection with other human beings? After years of evolution, there are … Continue reading

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Robots, buyouts, and spinoffs: four short stories for the future of education and technology

Here I’ll continue my new practice of sharing several short stories from the past week that strike me as connected to important trends.  You can find more of those trends among the others I map at FTTE. ITEM: Amazon’s home … Continue reading

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Digg is going to kill Digg Reader; what should we do now?

After five years of operation Digg Reader, an RSS reader, is about to be killed. Here’s what greeted me over the weekend when I fired it up in a web browser: As far as I can tell there haven’t been any … Continue reading

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Elon Musk to create satellite broadband network

Elon Musk just launched several satellites with the aim of creating a world-wide broadband network. It’s early days and there isn’t a lot of information, but what I’ve gathered is as follows: a network of satellites in very low Earth … Continue reading

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Quick thoughts on the Falcon Heavy launch

Yesterday SpaceX conducted a test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket.  The launch was successful, and two of the three boosters returned successfully.  The payload is apparently headed towards the asteroid belt. Here is one good video: A few quick thoughts … Continue reading

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