Lately, I’ve been finding inspiration and motivation in Adam Savage’s now nine-month-old book Every Tool’s a Hammer: Lessons From a Lifetime of Making. You might recall him from his fourteen years as the younger seeming, more impulsive, co-host of the … Continue reading Every Tool’s a Hammer
The October 14, 2020 edition of the New Yorker has a thought provoking piece by John Seabrook called “The Next Word.” Seabrook begins the article with Gmail’s Smart Compose feature, which suggests phrases while you are typing a sentence. If you … Continue reading AI, Gmail’s Smart Compose, and the end of writers?
Our Academic Technology group roams the Internet (and Libraries) looking for interesting reads. Here are a few works that caught our eye this month. Active Learning: Feelings versus Learning Swarthmore has a community of educators using active learning techniques. The Academic Technology team has been collaborating with faculty to provide learning spaces and technology to support their teaching needs. For the last few months, we’ve been spending time learning about how to best use the new Singer Hall Flexible Classroom. A recent article investigating discrepancies between how students feel about active learning versus how much they actually learn highlighted one … Continue reading What We are Reading – September 2019