I liked it for the insights into effective learning presented from the students' point of view. I managed to find new ideas and rediscover nuggets ofI liked it for the insights into effective learning presented from the students' point of view. I managed to find new ideas and rediscover nuggets of information that can probably help me frame my teaching (and students' learning) better and more effectively. The relevant checklists and questionnaires are pretty helpful. Overall I found her book easy to read although a bit repetitive at times (e.g. when she has a quote of the student raising a point and then touch on it again without much to add in her own body of text later on). I found the case studies at the end of the book a little unsatisfying. I would have liked to know a little more about how/if the objectives of the projects have been met (maybe contrasted with how different the results may have been otherwise). This book is definitely worth a read!...more
After quite a bit of starts and stops I finally completed reading this book and I must say that while it did not enlighten me as much as I had hoped,After quite a bit of starts and stops I finally completed reading this book and I must say that while it did not enlighten me as much as I had hoped, I did enjoy reading it a lot. The 1st third of the book discussing how technologies (e.g. the clock, print, books) have affected humanity, society and productivity etc. is quite dry. While I do understand the reason for laying the foundations for what's to come, it did feel draggy. Maybe it was just me re-acclimatizing myself to reading a book deeply after not doing it for awhile?
Anyway it gets much more interesting afterwards! Some things I picked up along the way: - With the impermanence and update-ability of the digital book what does that say about the writer's attitude towards the work (i.e. in achieving perfection) and the pressures imposed on completing it? By extension how does that shape our attitude towards writing an email/online posting versus a letter in the past? - The Internet is an environment that inherently "promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning". It also encourages positive reinforcements (usually instantaneous) and commands our attention relentlessly. Click on those hyperlinks and do it more often! - When engaged in deep reading our brains are in effect under-stimulated, as opposed to their over-stimulation when we go online. Is the latter an ideal state? He suggests not. - The difference between good and bad distractions. - The mistake of looking at the brain, memory and thinking as a computer, data storage and processing. Retrieving a thought from long term memory is not the same as retrieving a piece of data from storage. - A clear overview of the workings of and relationships between short term, working and long term memories. - By making things easier. more efficient and more user-friendly, it takes away the pressure on our brains' working memory, supposedly for other more 'useful' business. It is actually making us more disengaged, less thoughtful, less reflective etc. - Recognizing the value of attentiveness, note-taking and memorizing and how they are progressively being reduced/overlooked.
Towards the end of his observations and warnings the author offers a suggestion to begin reclaiming our ability to pay attention, strengthen our memory and improve cognition: quieten the mind (e.g. remove bombarding stimuli, take walks in peaceful surroundings, look at calming pictures). I particularly appreciate how he brings up examples and snippets of neuroscience research that highlight how the brain is affected by what we consistently subject it to (due to its plasticity) and how as we continue to use technology it is also reshaping us. Carr says that while technological progress and advances cannot be reversed (without adverse effects on civilization), he hopes that we "won't go gently into the future our computer engineers and software programmers are scripting for us". We have to be aware of what all this is doing to us and what we stand to lose, not just what we gain. This book has definitely given me useful things to mull over and bring up for discussion, especially in my role as an educator....more
This is good old-fashioned Justice League with all the classic heroes and villains in their original costumes on bright beautiful display. Reading thiThis is good old-fashioned Justice League with all the classic heroes and villains in their original costumes on bright beautiful display. Reading this book is one big dose of nostalgia for me. They even managed to include a 2-page spread of the Hall of Doom which brought back memories of the 70's Super Friends cartoon! The story is epic enough to last the 12 issues and the artwork is of the high quality one would expect from Doug Braithwaite's pencils and Alex Ross' paints. The heroes look sufficiently larger-than-life, and Ross (as usual) manages to make their costumes look like being a realistic possibility and not silly-spandex. The book does remind me of "Kingdom Come" quite a bit in both story (e.g. the means of control) and look (i.e. costumes and faces) but it's not necessarily a bad thing. I must admit though that it can get a little hard distinguishing faces as characters tend to look alike in some panels, especially the males. And I do think the ending felt a little limp (particularly with regards to the main antagonist) and there was some copping out on the part of the writer. A few events involving death would have been tragic but much more honourable; and thus more satisfying for me. Definitely a must-read for comic fans! :)...more
Silver Surfer is one of my all-time favourite Marvel superheroes, but I honestly haven't been following his exploits since the Silver Age (pun unintenSilver Surfer is one of my all-time favourite Marvel superheroes, but I honestly haven't been following his exploits since the Silver Age (pun unintended) and now I've all but given up reading/collecting the mainstream titles from the Big Two. When I came across the premise of this book on a comics website (I still keep tabs on comic book developments somewhat) my initial reaction was: "Is this another one of those outside-continuity hero's-last-days mini-series?". Not interested. However, the preview pages did look promising. And when I saw it sitting on the library shelf, my curiosity got the better of me. I loved it. The story is intensely sentimental and touching (regardless if it is canon or not), and fittingly presented via some great artwork. I admit I cried at the end. A must-read....more
Read the graphic novel a long while back and recall it started out with a great premise and intriguing build-up but tapered to a relatively weak resolRead the graphic novel a long while back and recall it started out with a great premise and intriguing build-up but tapered to a relatively weak resolution at the end. Worth checking out....more
The artwork didn't impress me that much - too rough and at times the panel flow was a little messy/convoluted if I recall correctly (I borrowed a copyThe artwork didn't impress me that much - too rough and at times the panel flow was a little messy/convoluted if I recall correctly (I borrowed a copy from the local library awhile back so the specifics escape me). Some panels had great perspective/compostion though. However, the story was engaging enough and the ending was what really moved me. A recommended read....more
No. 5 is one of my favourite characters in The Umbrella Academy. The other is Rumor (what an awesome special power she has!). So I am most pleased thaNo. 5 is one of my favourite characters in The Umbrella Academy. The other is Rumor (what an awesome special power she has!). So I am most pleased that the main story in this volume is focused on them. The cast of interesting characters expands - Hazel and Cha Cha for example are genuinely frightening - and the story is very well executed. I am loving The Umbrella Academy....more