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.