Episode Six: Get Off Our EdTech Lawn!

In this episode, old school edublogger Dean Shareski and I talk about some of our early explorations in online media spaces, then pivot into some of Dean’s recent writing and reflection on his concerns about how we can use social media for exploring opinions and changing minds. Or not. Mostly not, says Dean.

Along the way, we get into how we handle our mistakes in civic discourse, and some suggestions for helping others to explore the way their words in social media might impact others.1

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  1. PS – There are a couple Tab Cola effects in this episode. I’m sorry, and I do not blame my friend Melissa Lim, who shared the greatest browser extension ever with me several months back. I blame myself, as it’s one that I forget to disable sometimes when I’m podcasting. My bad. []

Episode Five: Citizen Science?

In this episode, Antero and I are joined by Joe Polman, a colleague of ours on the Compose Our World project. Joe’s done lots of work around citizen science and journalism. We talk with him about what it means to do that sort of work and why “citizen science” is a complicated term. But first, we explore why everyone’s apologizing for the Internet. We promise it’s related. And relevant.

Also related: Antero only subscribes to cat videos. Which is problematic. For me, at least.

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Episode Four: The Electric Grandmother

The Electric Grandmother

Join us for the exploration of machines and care as commodity. Stick around for the coffee puns.

In this episode, we unpack what the 1982 Project Peacock film The Electric Grandmother has to say about the relationship between computers and care, and how machines may or may not be manipulating us into pretend moments of love. (Then again, sometimes people manipulate us through pretend or unkind emotion, too.)

Are machines that care about you alive? Suppose you believe them to be? Does that matter? What does it mean to be civil to an electric grandmother?

We also start to talk about Starbucks’ day of racial bias training, but put that off for our next episode. Have a peek at their Third Place curriculum and join us for our next episode.

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Episode Three: Let’s Be Nice to Robots

In this week’s episode, Antero and I return to talking about media literacy, though first we side trip through a couple different wolves, get a little distracted by Google’s Duplex, and argue about whether or not we should be kind to robots.

What say you, dear listener?  Should you/could you/shouldn’t you have empathy for the computers that you interact with?  Can you get on board with being kind to robots?

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Episode Two: Antero & the Trolls

In this episode, Antero and I return to the conversation we tried to start a while back around civil discourse on the Internet. We intended to talk about Antero’s recent experiences with an angry Internet community of Dungeons and Dragons fans, and we do, but we took a long detour to discuss Habitat and what it means to play a game of work. And the new Avengers movie.1

We also talk a teeny bit about what it means to take a critical lens to something we love. I hope we’ll talk about that more.

Then we argue about whether or not we can save the Internet’s current spaces or if we have to head off and find new ones. Stay tuned, true believers. There’s ground to cover.

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photo by: Benimoto
  1. Which Antero declares he’s viewed only for “research” purposes. Well played, professor. []

Episode One

In this episode, Diana and Bud talk about her experiences as a teacher and a not teacher, a little bit of Civics 101, and get into why she’d want to have lots of conversations about being “nice.” We also spot check our knowledge of the Constitution. Bud fails. Diana, not so much.

PS – Diana reads lots.


New Times Call for New Civics – Edutopia

Diana’s sleeping blog



Episode Zero

In this episode, Antero and Bud outline a couple of reasons why we want to do this project, some places we might focus on in the future, and, quite by accident, rediscover the corpus of one Nick Nolte.

What, we wonder, did you take away from this episode?

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