Do Students Still Need to Steer Clear of the Internet?

Jona Lendering posted a reply on his blog to a recent post on mine, about teaching students to use online sources discerningly. His conclusion is stated bluntly at the end of the post: To sum up: at this moment there is no good reason why students should use the internet. Let’s face it: the internet [Read More...]

Rick Warren Needs ContextBot

XKCD has what Rick Warren and many others need…   [Read more...]

Breaking News! Sharing With Google Reader Is Back!

Thanks to ProfHacker for sharing the news that an add-on is available for Google Chrome and Firefox which will restore the “share” function in Google Reader. I am trying it out, and so have put the feed reader with shared items from other blogs back in the sidebar! It took a moment, but soon updated [Read More...]

Goodbye, Google Reader?

It sounds as though the time has come to say farewell to Google Reader – whether we like to or not. The announced plan to eliminate Google Reader and integrate some (but not all) of its features with Google+ will presumably affect this blog in at least one concrete way: the sidebar in which I [Read More...]

Religious Information in a Digital Age (Bizarro Perspectives)

I find the approach many students take to the quest for reliable information mirrored in today’s Bizarro comic: The tendency is to go where Google searches direct you, to where the flashy advertising leads: In an age of advertising, it can be difficult to choose between the various things that one is told. One may [Read More...]

360 Degree Virtual Visits to Israel (and 2D Virtual Dead Sea Scrolls)

Via William Hamblin, I learned of the 360 degree panoramic virtual visits to Israel and many other places that are available online. You can visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or experience a narrow shopping street in Old Jerusalem. I highly recommend it! It may put you in the mood to check out the [Read More...]

What Students Don’t Know: Mindset Lists and Digital Natives

I had a post on this topic in mind since I read the piece in Inside Higher Ed a few days ago entitled “What Students Don’t Know.” This sample quote sums up a situation that has increasingly become the focus of my teaching and my classes: The most alarming finding in the ERIAL studies was [Read More...]

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Until Now?

I was rather surprised to read an article today claiming that most people are unaware that they can search for keywords in documents and websites, as simply as pressing CTRL+F, entering the search term and clicking or pressing enter. I suspect that there are plenty of other things that some of us take for granted, [Read More...]

I’m on Google+

Being a technophile, perhaps it was inevitable that I would decide to give Google Plus a try. If you are on there, now or in the future, then put me in a circle. It’s what Dante would do. Jim West shared that last image, but he didn’t share a mock-up of the circles Dante would [Read More...]

Is Google+ Useful?

I’ve seen notices on several blogs that people have been signing up for Google Plus. If you are among those who have done so, I would be interested in hearing your impressions thus far. Is Google+ useful? Does it look promising compared to Facebook? Is it like an Android tablet when you already have an [Read More...]

Feedburner

I have set up Feedburner with the feed from this blog so that you should be able to use Feedburner and follow Exploring Our Matrix now and anywhere it may go in the future, without having to make any changes yourself. The feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/ExploringOurMatrix/ should work. If it doesn’t, and even if it does, let [Read More...]


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