Who (& What) I’m reading.

I get asked on a regular basis what I’m reading and where I “find” things. On the internet, you know.

This is by no means a complete guide to every thing I check on a regular basis. Just a few things you might want to look at too. I should mention that none of these, practically speaking, are education specific. I try to avoid reading education blogs- the signal to noise is just too high for me. I count on good aggregation for help with that. More on that later.

So here goes:

BoingBoing is a group-run blog that deals with an intersection of cyberpunk/nerd/social justice. The company that runs it is called Happy Mutant. That should clue you in. Lots of posts here, lots of good topics, and I routinely find things here related to education. For me, anyway.

Patrick Rhone is a full-time freelance writer. He’s the king (as far as I’m concerned) of minimalism leading to productivity, and I’ve been following most (if not all) of his blogs closely for a few years now. Not an education based thing at all, but if like me you seem to have too many pots on the stove and not enough burners, Patrick often has ideas or techniques that can help. Strangely, an invaluable source of excellent iOS apps.

CoolTools is a subset of Kevin Kelly’s webpage. He doesn’t write for it per-se, but that it’s his creation and that he continues to be affiliated with it should give you a clue. An endless source of tool advice for those projects that (gasp!) aren’t digital.

Open Culture focuses on open sources of information. Sometimes that means courses, sometimes it’s videos released into the public domain, sometimes it’s other weirdness. Any way you cut it, it’s an endless flow of amazing resources that can (often) be adapted to the classroom.

I’m not going to give you everything I look at- a man should have some secrets. Also, I don’t have the time or energy to list all of the several hundred webpages I subscribe to. No, really. Several hundred and climbing almost daily.

Also: I’ve turned on comments again with a captcha plugin to ward off the spam. I just spent far too long deleting (and I’m not joking) 5000 spam comments from the last couple of days I left it open. We’ll see how it works this time.