Rash and Worldview

The YA lit book Rash by Pete Hautman takes place in the United Safer States of America late in the 21st century. Obesity is a crime. Football and beer are illegal. Walkers have to wear safety helmets.

Everybody has a WindO with which to stay connected. Kids program AI agents as part of their curriculum. At times, the AI agents run amuck and become sentient. With extreme processing capacity, they are capable of doing great and evil deeds in the ether and in what’s left of the real world.

The US has merged with Canada. Wal-Mart has merged with China. Mega-corps like McDonalds and Coke have a stronghold on manufacturing and the penal system. Twenty-five percent of the population is “doing time.” It’s the new “factory” workforce.

The economy runs on Visa-bucks. In a pendulum swing, there is little emphasis on entertainment. Individuals in the authority industry are the cultural elite.

We’ve become a nation paralyzed by our aversion to injury and reprisal. We don’t take risks. We have succumbed to the machine.

Edgy and creative places exist only beyond our national borders.

Whew! And we thought NCLB was oppressive.

Today, we had the second session of our Laptop Learning Initiative. I asked participants to take risks, to think different about our tools, to think different about our students, to think different about the roles of teachers and leaders, to expand their worldviews.

Assignment 2 for Workshop Participants: Subscribe to five edu-blogs and two other types of info outlets that use RSS feeds. Use FireFox’s live bookmarks. As a comment below, name five of those seven blogs/info outlets.


17 Responses to Rash and Worldview

  1. Melissa says:

    Hey Joe,
    Stole some of the blogs from your list: 2centsworth, Click o the mouse, Pereginations, Pargonet. And one I will use often – Music Matters Blog.

    The problem with the live bookmarks was the version of firefox. I downloaded 2.0 and there’s no problem.

  2. jpoletti says:

    Neato torpedo, Melissa. Glad you got it worked out. This is what I like about working with such an astute group…ya’ll have the skills and passion to figure a lot of this stuff out on the fly!

  3. Melissa says:

    But…I can’t have my red cat blue background theme with this version. Had to settle for red cat green background > >

  4. Anna says:

    Joe, Sorry I missed today, had to do after school duty in the rain. I went looking for blogs and had a hard time deciding. I actually put 8 in my list. Here are five plus one : 2 Cents Worth, Blue Skunk Blog, learning.now, The Savvy Technologist , FOXNews.com and of course Haulin’ Net.

  5. jmclendon says:

    Experimenting and looking around.

    1. Ms. Frizzle http://msfrizzle.blogspot.com/2006/09/to-read-more.html I choose this blog for two reasons, the name and the fact that she is a middle school science teacher.

    2. 2c Worth http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/2007/02/01/day-one-at-trld/ I choose this because it’s our very own David Warlick and I know and respect his cutting edge work.

    3. Thoughts on learning, teaching and computing with Christopher Sessums. http://elgg.net/csessums/weblog/150678.html I have heard and read some of his work in the past and was interested in what he had to say.

    4. Weblogged – Connective Teaching with Will Richardson http://weblogg-ed.com/

    5. Education/Technology – Tim Lauer http://tim.lauer.name/2007/01/28/googles-gapminder-tool/

    6. Moving at the speed of Creativity – Wesley Fryer http://www.speedofcreativity.org/

  6. Tiffany says:

    I subscribed to the following RSS feeds:

    Haulin’ Net From the brilliant and passionate Joe Poletti

    The Blue Skunk Blog From Doug Johnson, the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato Public Schools

    Since meeting and talking with David Warlick, I have introduced my students and teachers to his Landmark website & have been extremely interested in what he has to say about the development of technology and how it can be incorporated into our classrooms. His blog is called 2 Cents Worth.

    Teachers Teaching Teachers What a FANTASTIC NAME and an amazing idea!! Talk about COLLABORATION!! From their About Page: “Four teachers–Paul Allison, Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim, and Thomas Locke–are mainly responsible for this blog, podcast, and webcast. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in New York City began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of WorldBridges. Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. These conversations are archived as a podcast on this blog. Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it ourselves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.”

    I also subscribed to Kathy Schrock’s blog at She is the innovative technology facilitator for Discovery School education. Some of you may be really interested in here edu-tech blogs page where she lists her best of the best. . .

    Inspired by Joe’s review, I chose a blog that gives reviews of teen lit called Teen Reads.

    I also wanted the latest in information from a couple of commercial sources:

    I like to keep up with the NY Times book reviews. They also have MANY RSS feeds to choose from.

    I really like the magazine Real Simple, so I subscribed to their RSS feed as well.

  7. Tiffany says:

    I thought that my hyperlinks would go through when I posted. Apparently not, so here they are in order of mention:
    Haulin’ Net https://jpoletti.wordpress.com/
    Blue Skunk http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/
    2 Cents http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
    Teachers Teaching Teachers http://teachersteachingteachers.org/
    Kathy’s Scrock’s Blog http://kathyschrock.net/blog/
    Educational Blog Listing http://kathyschrock.net/edtechblogs.htm
    Teen Reads http://www.ccrls.org/woodburn/rss/teens.rss
    NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/
    Real Simple (RSS at the bottom of the page) http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/homepage

  8. jpoletti says:

    Doug Johnson is one of my faves, too. All library pro’s should be keeping up with his conversations. Interesting that the spam killer intercepted your second post. The anti-spam feature is one reason I went to WordPress. (Fortunately, it gives me the option to review posts it is unsure of.) Passionate and brilliant, moi???

  9. Lisa says:

    Ok, here goes… (Joe, I already have your blog in there so don’t fuss at me for not putting Haulin’ Net in my list.)

    Around the Corner–Miguel MGuhlin (Director of Instructional Technology Services in San Antonio, Texas–a dynamic blogger with very strong opinions about Web 2.0, future ready schools, and technology integration) http://www.edsupport.cc/mguhlin/index.htm

    Dangerously Irrelevant–Scott McLeod (Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota–a new one for me but I like what I’ve seen so far) http://scottmcleod.typepad.com/dangerouslyirrelevant

    edu.blogs.com–Ewan McIntosh (New Technologies Research Practitioner, Learning and Teaching Scotland–I love this guy! He posts some of the coolest links for del.icio.us. He’s on the edge of technology in Scottish schools.) http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs

    Moving at the Speed of Creativity–Wesley Fryer (“Wesley Fryer is an educator, author, digital storyteller and change agent. He addresses a range of topics related to education, technology integration, distance learning, and twenty-first century literacy.”) http://www.speedofcreativity.org

    Weblogg-ed–Will Richardson (Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University in the Executive Ed.D. program and “Learner in Chief” at Connective Learning–one of the American gurus of the read/write web) http://weblogg-ed.com

    Technology News: Education–(Get all the latest headlines on technology, new tools, and education) http://www.technewsworld.com/perl/section/education

    Wired News: Technology–(Get the latest headlines on technology news.) http://www.wired.com/technology.html

  10. jpoletti says:

    What a great jump-off, folks. You have clearly listed a lot of the A-listers. Miguel writes about as much as anyone and he is in to some very neat projects. Pay attention to some of his comments on Free and Open Source.

  11. Di says:

    I have spent several days to look again and I have decided on the following:
    Tech Savvy Educator http://www.techsavvyed.net/
    Teachers Teaching Teachers http://teachersteachingteachers.org/
    2 Cents Worth http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/index.php
    Infinite Thinking Machine http://www.infinitethinking.org/
    U Tech Tips http://www.utechtips.com/

  12. Debbie says:

    I have looked around and added these edu-blogs:
    Haulin Net
    Click O’The Mouse
    2 Cents Worth
    Women of the Web 2.0- Podcast broadcast with women and educational leaders talking and commenting about technology topics.
    Bit By Bit (by Teachers for Teachers) blogging and podcast

  13. Amy says:

    Just lookin’ around and finding some interesting things I found to check out.

    1. Of course there is Haulin’ Net @ https://jpoletti.wordpress.com/
    2. David Warlick’s 2 Cents @ http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
    3. PC World’s techlogs @ http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/
    4. Wired’s blogs with all kinds of tech info @ http://blog.wired.com/
    5. Of course again Lisa’s Click O the Mouse is great info @ http://lraines.edublogs.org
    6. The Technology Review by MIT @ http://www.technologyreview.com/
    7. My favorite right now is Teachers Teaching Teachers just for their different types of information from blogs to podcasts @ http://teachersteachingteachers.org

    I subscribed/RSS to them all just so I could see all the up-to-date information at the click of a mouse. This is very good tool so that I can keep up with what I have read and not.

  14. Millie says:

    Five of my subscriptions are:

    Haulin’ Net: https://jpoletti.wordpress.com
    Click ‘O The Mouse: http://lraines.edublogs.org
    2 Cents Worth: http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
    Simply Recipes: http://www.elise.com/recipes/
    Quality in Education: http://www4.asq.org/blogs/edu/

  15. Laura says:

    So many blogs, so little time! Here the ones that I have chosen to subscribe to”

    Haulin’Net https://jpoletti.wordpress.com
    Education/Technology http://tim.lauer.name/2007
    The Tech Savvy Educator http://www.techsavvyed.net
    Suite101 http://teachingtechnology.suite101.com/blog.cfm/using_technological_advances
    Search Engineer http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/search/2006/09/15/acer-yahoo-team-for-search/

    I look forward to subscribing to others. What a great way to be “served” information!

  16. Jen says:

    Here’s my list of blogs I’ve subscribed to.

    1. Haulin Net https://jpoletti.wordpress.com
    2. Weblogg-ed http://weblogg-ed.com
    3. Click O’The Mouse http://lraines.edublogs.org
    4. PBS Teachers: Learning Now is a weblog that explores how new technology and Internet culture affect how educators teach and children learn. http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/learning.now/
    5. 2 Cents Worth http://davidwalick.com/2cents/

    and for fun…

    6. ESPN http://espn.go.com/
    7. Duke http://goduke.com/

  17. Cheryl says:

    Here are the blogs I have subscribed to

    1 Click O’ The Mouse at http://lraines.edublogs.org/
    2 Haulin Net at https://jpoletti.wordpress.com
    3 2 Cents Worth at http://davidwalick.com/2cents/
    4 Cool Cat Teacher Blog at http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
    5 Christopher D. Sessums :: Weblog at http://elgg.net/csessums/weblog/

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