About Eric E Castro

Teacher, educational technologist, runner — and infojunky.

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  • Eric shared from Make Love Not Porn: Technology's Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior (TED Books) by Cindy Gallop
    Ironically, overly porn-influenced behavior is often driven by the best of all possible motives, not the worst. We all get vulnerable when we get naked. Sexual egos are very fragile. People can find it bizarrely difficult to talk about the sex they’re actually having with the person they’re actually having it with, while they’re actually having it. But we want to please our partner — so we’ll seize on whatever cues we have as to how to do so, and if the only cues available to us are those supplied by porn, well, those are the ones we’ll take.
    Note: The book is worth reading »
  • Eric shared from Aftercrimes, Geoslavery, and Thermogeddon: Plus 157 More New Words from a Lexicographer's Notebook (TED Books) by Erin McKean
    white-walling : removing all comments and activity from your Facebook wall Example: “White-walling is the Facebook equivalent of inbox-zeroing: You delete every single wall post, status update, and the like soon after it’s been posted, leaving them up just long enough for friends to see what happened. One girl Boyd spoke to explained the benefits of white-walling: She talked about how people were nosy and it was too easy to get into trouble for the things you wrote a while back that you couldn’t even remember posting let alone remember what it was all about. It was better to keep everything...
    Note: Interesting #edtech strategy for dealing with the long-tail of social networking »
  • Eric shared from Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (TED Books) by Parag Khanna, Ayesha Khanna
    Business as usual in the modern education system has brought it to the brink of implosion: skyrocketing tuitions and a student debt bubble, outmoded curricula and irrelevant standards, excessive drop-outs on one end and overqualified graduates on the other. In its place, a generative education paradigm is emerging by which knowledge and skills are provided by teachers, parents, communities — and most of all, students themselves — all  empowered with the technologies to create personalized education modules.
  • Eric shared from Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single) by Will Richardson
    In this new narrative, learning ceases to focus on consuming information or knowledge that’s no longer scarce. Instead, it’s about asking questions, working with others to find the answers, doing real work for real audiences, and adding to, not simply taking from, the storehouse of knowledge that the Web is becoming. It’s about developing the kinds of habits and dispositions that deep, lifelong learners need to succeed in a world rife with information and connections. The emphasis shifts from content mastery to learning mastery. That means students have more ownership over their own learning,...
    Note: I dig it.
  • Eric shared from The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
    The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other to the law of diminishing returns. And continued novelty costs money, so that the desire for it spells avarice or unhappiness or both.
    Note: D'oh! >>
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Eric E Castro