Getting Started with Davidson

Hi all, here is the video for today's writing, talking, and thinking about Davidson's technophobia chapter. Have at it!

Video of Becky Weaver: thinking, writing, and talking about Technophobia!

Here are the freewriting questions:

  • In classrooms where students encounter professorial technophobia, What skills are they missing? What do they need for 21st century survival that they aren’t getting from us?
  • What are some ways you’ve helped them exert more control as she says over the tools that will come to shape their lives?
  • What are the intersections of technophobia and the hidden curriculum in academia?
  • What non-tech or non-digital skills do you see being taught that students don’t need?
  • What does “sustained, careful, critical practice look like to you? Where do you see examples of it?
  • What about her challenge thar if profs can be replaced by a computer screen, we should be (every class should be an opportunity to do what no screen can do)? How would you have responded before the Pivot? After? What complicates this for you?
  • What are stories about technophobia that stick with you / trying to figure out?
  • Go back to her last few lines of the chapter: what is your “ok, but”?

Don't forget to take a break and do something different than sitting / in front of your computer. Here is what I'm working on:


Good morning from the East coast! (earlier in the day on Monday)

Given that folks had some issues with the discussion forum, and given where we all seem to be in terms of time zones, I’m going to wait to post a video until after the keynote to post questions and notes for today’s reading (CD’s “Against Technophobia” chapter) to try to be more responsive to the time difference.

Thanks to those of you who've already introduced yourselves and started some conversations on discourse (our private discussion site).

If you haven’t had a chance to see the keynote from Jesse Stommel, I highly recommend it, There are a lot of connections already between his talk and what Davidson talks about, and I think the same will be true for today’s keynote speaker, José Vilson.

Speaking of the Davidson chapters, I know it looks like a lot of reading, but it moves quickly (she’s a good storyteller), and you are absolutely welcome to take the reading at your own pace, in your own way. If that means glancing at it, skimming it, highlighting it, reading it with pen in hand, great. While it will be useful to have at least part of the chapters read or skimmed before our talk with her tomorrow (don’t forget to register!), and while our conversation with Davidson will probably start there, we will likely branch off pretty quickly to talking about the current moment. As you can imagine, she’s been in high demand lately because of the pivot.

~ Read next post in Day 1 ~

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