The Art of Information Blog

making connections in research

I started thinking about my dislike of “text-to-self” reading exercises in elementary school. I always felt like my kids naturally experienced text-to-self without needing more concentrated effort. I wished that the teacher spent more time with text-to-world. Children don’t really need a push to think about themselves. Then I started thinking about all the recentContinue reading “making connections in research”

writing blocks

I’ve been reading a lot about writing, trying to figure out how to write more. I often feel that I am full of things to say and have no way of getting them out of my head. My personal bug-a-boo is a concern that I have nothing new to add. All thoughts and words haveContinue reading “writing blocks”

Weak ties in the classroom

Mark Granovetter studied the strength of weak social ties in 1973. Weak social ties are those relationships that are not central to your life, but still essential and important. I contend that classroom interactions are an example of the strength of those weak ties. Teacher/student relationships are rarely deep. Though students are often affected byContinue reading “Weak ties in the classroom”

A digital divide

There are all kinds of ways to examine the digital divide in modern life. Among college students the divide can be seen across age, gender, socioeconomic status, and previous education. One of the more interesting cases of a digital divide is that of a student who has spent their lives on their phone, but cannotContinue reading “A digital divide”

Weak Ties

In considering personal information sharing, I am reminded of the strength in weak ties. Weak ties are those relationships you have with people not directly in your personal network. I think back to dance clubs in the 80s. We would often hang out in the lady’s room and talk to whomever happened in. Those wereContinue reading “Weak Ties”

Does “personal” matter?

Information sharing in an academic setting does not have to be personal, but is it important to have something personal somewhere? In face-to-face classrooms, personal sharing is common between student and teacher. Things leak out. In the online environment, is there room for the personal? Teachers typically present a bio or background note at theContinue reading “Does “personal” matter?”


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