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  • Thanks for that, Nicolosus - I've added my voice and got my thank-you email!

    The recording of the day of action is available at the original URL. Highlights for me were Michael Geist (around the 50 minute mark) and Cory Doctorow (around 1:58), both of whom are incredibly smart people and excellent communicators to whom I always pay a lot of attention, but the stories from less eminent folk, especially from those struggling on the periphery and choosing between Internet access and food, were often quite moving. There was a lot of really good information from very diverse stakeholders throughout - some really interesting stats from UoT researcher Sam Andre from Ryerson U on the digital divide in Toronto compared with Canada as a whole, for instance, just after the 38 minute mark.

    Jon Dron March 24, 2021 - 4:05pm

  • Thanks for this Prof. Dron! For anyone that would also like to sign a petition against this buyout by Rogers, can do so at the following link:

    https://openmedia.org/StopTheBuy-em

    Nicolosus March 24, 2021 - 3:40pm

  • Nicolosus and Dr. Dron,

    Thank you so much for your valuable insight into homeschooling. Your comments are highly appreciated and very valuable to me.

    Michelle Dina Lee December 6, 2020 - 8:44am

  • I couldn't add anything on homeschooling that Nicolosus hasn't said far better! Yes, the huge advantage of homeschooling is that you can follow the vein of gold that is a child's curiosity far more effectively than when you have to follow a curriculum (though definitely worth having a menu of more conventional options and support for the trickier bits as needed). The social aspect, though, is really important - really useful to find other home-schoolers online or (especially) nearby and find ways to learn with others. The most inspiring person I ever met in this regard was Dale J Stephens, who was very young indeed when he did a keynote at a conference I was attending, probably more than 10 years ago. Very smart, delightful person, full of passion, and a great advert for the process. He had just founded Uncollege.org, which is a particularly brilliant resource for older kids and college-age students, though it has some very good resources that are valuable for pretty much anyone. Alas, his book on the subject (Hacking Education) is not open, but it's still worth reading.

    Jon

    Jon Dron December 5, 2020 - 12:07pm