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This is not a book

In a recent article published on Forbes.com, Clay Christensen and Michael Horn, authors of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns summarize their beliefs.  With public funding for educational dwindling and the imminent mass-retiring of the baby-boomer generation, the future of education lies in for-profit, online education.  Read the full article here.

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Hugh: START BLOGGING.

Me: I know, I know…

Hugh: (stares blankly, in judgmental silence)

Me: It’s just that every time I write, it’s not perfect. So I don’t publish.  I’d rather have no work out there than bad, obsolete work.

Hugh: (scribbles on a blank piece of paper and hands it to me, nods)

Me: OK. I get it.

Helloooooo, world!

(Hugh MacLeod is the author of Ignore Everybody, an book of wisdom for the creative or entrepreneurial minded)

Hi!  My name is Christine and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I am pursuing an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation & Education.  I started this blog as a way of reflecting on topics relating to educational technology, international education development, and psychology.  I believe in progress and equality through education initiatives.  I’m hesitant to preset too many promises about this blog, as I see it evolving and taking different turns over the course of its life, but…

Some topics that fascinate me, and that I will probably blog about are:

TECHNOLOGY

  • I view technology as a tool and medium that is inherently neither good nor bad.  For that reason I believe in taking active moral responsibility for what we do with it.
  • Educational technology is an emerging and very exciting field.  Before grad school I worked at Sesame Street creating and researching media used to make a positive educational impact.  I loved it and want to continue exploring the possibilities of educational technologies.

PSYCHOLOGY

  • I’ve spent much of my life studying human cognition and behaviour.  I am constantly fascinated by the human mind and what we are capable of.
  • I love learning about anything has to do with human motivation, social psychology, and developmental psychology.  Intrinsic motivation, choice, and creativity are of particular interest.
  • Music Cognition was my main expertise for a number of years when I worked as a researcher at the McGill University Sequence Production Lab.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

  • Educational equity, justice, and opportunity are of particular interest to me, as I would not be where I am now if it were not for several programs that have helped me along the way.
  • I believe that technology gives us a new and powerful way of approaching issues relating to educational equity, as we can now focus on new and possibly informal learning systems rather than antiquated education systems that are slow to change.

I am very excited about this blog and look forward to making this a bidirectional musing.  Please feel free to message me anytime or comment on any of my postings!

— Christine