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Tony Brainstorms
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Learner, Educator, Engineer
Learner, Educator, Engineer

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YOUtopia
The factory is empty. Schools make factory workers. Now what? [Reposted with permission from tonyferrar.com .] In his manifesto on teaching and learning, Seth Godin points out that Factories didn't happen because there were schools; schools happened because...
YOUtopia
YOUtopia
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Freedom is Wasted on the Free
“Youth is wasted on the young.” I am constantly amazed that every four years in America, we have a “Get Out the Vote” campaign. We give ourselves a good pep rally reminding ourselves that “Freedom isn’t free” and “if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right t...
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Withdrawal
Today is an odd day for me. I am withdrawing from two “opportunities." One is a paper for a conference, the other is a job application. The paper represents the typical academic currency, keeps the “publish or perish” ledger in the black. The job represents...
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There's Someone In My Head
I couldn’t resist. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Pink Floyd inspired post... For effect, feel free to play Brain Damage as you read the rest of this. I’ve got voices in my head. They speak to me all the time. They think they are keeping me safe, b...
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The world WHYd web
What is it about the world wide web that has us so enthralled? What is it about people like  Vannevar Bush  that holds our attention for 70 YEARS? What is is about songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Imagine," and "Stairway to Heaven" that makes them cla...
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Poorfeckshun hertz stoodenz lurnang
Hello. My name is Tony Brainstorms, and I am a perfectionist. It has been over 31 years since my last perfect action, but only 31 seconds since the last time I expected perfect action of myself. I've been wrestling with a question lately: Did I get where I ...
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Tony Brainstorms vs the Lizard Brain! (or Motivation in Higher Ed)
Ok, no comic this time, but I couldn't resist the title... Also, a shout out to  @shellifowler  for the idea, she talks about "Lizard Brains" fairly often. I had a weird realization as I started writing my last post about the difference between "Online Cour...
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Co-Learning: An Act of Creation
I've finally figured out what a connected course is. And how different it is from an online course. I'll start by talking about what a connected course isn't. And then move on. Connected Courses are not: -A way of streamlining learning to make things more c...
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The Open Academic Journal
Hi everyone. This is a short one, but I'm riled up and need to share. I recognize that I am late to the conversation and that there are probably MANY facets of this that I am not considering. For all of you who are engaged with this issue already, keep figh...
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Time Travel, Recursion, and The Best Instructions Ever
January, 2014 So I started writing this post in August (2013). Then the busyness of the Fall Semester hit, and this went on hold. So before I get rolling, I'd like to take this chance to invite you to reflect with me a bit. Picture yourself in August. Where...
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