“It’s a long story,” I often say. You can catch snippets of it, if you pay attention. I’ve got a CV if you’re the type that cares about that sort of thing. There's a bunch of buttons to your right that you can click on for other social signals.
I’m a lit geek and a beer snob. I love tattoos and technology. I loathe mushy foods and romantic comedies. I’m not ashamed to admit I like ABBA and dislike Tolkien. I am somewhat ashamed to admit I’ve not finished Ulysses. I pick fights on the Internet. I’m a high school dropout and a PhD dropout. I have a cold hard stare that I like to imagine is much like Paddington Bear’s and a smirk much like the Cheshire Cat’s.
I currently travel as much as I possibly can. “Home,” at least according to my driver’s license, is Eugene, Oregon. Way back in junior high, I took an aptitude test that gave me a single career option: freelance writer.
I remember feeling rather panicky at the time, wondering how the hell I’d manage to pull it off. But now I do. My stories have appeared on NPR/KQED's education technology blog MindShift, in the data section of O’Reilly Radar, on Inside Higher Ed, and in the Edutopia's blog (among other places).
And of course, I write here.
In my spare time, I read, rabble-rouse, parent, drink beer, and prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Because you never know…
About Hack Education
I created this blog in June 2010 shortly after I became a technology journalist. No surprise, I was frustrated by the lack of coverage of education technology -- by both technology and education publications. I did my day job (the freelance writing I get paid for) but devoted as much attention as possible to Hack Education, trying to create the sort of blog that (admittedly) I'd want to read: one that's smart and snarky, one that's free of advertising and investor influence (See: Disclosures), one that's tracking new technologies but not just because of some hyperbolic "revolution." This blog isn't just about how ed-tech changes "the system." This is about the future of learning. (Yes, there's a distinction there.)
"Hack Education" can mean a lot of things: To break in and break down. To cut to the core. To chop roughly. To be mediocre (okay, let's ignore that definition.) To pull systems apart. To "MacGyver" things back together. To re-code. To rebuild.
This isn't something that just technologists should do. Nor is this just a concern for teachers and administrators and parents and students. We all need to hack our own education.
About the Gargoyle
Updated December 2011