I've been reading a lot about teaching. One gem from "The Courage to Teach" by Parker Palmer has spurred my thinking lately. This isn't a quote, but some ruminations that flow out of some of the things he said.
Teaching is intellectual hospitality. It is welcoming the students into the home of the teacher and sharing one's joys, models, delights, and hopes with them. To separate the subject from the teacher is to separate the home from the inhabitant. Interesting, but valueless. But if we are welcomed into the home, where the owner shares his life with you, now that changes the whole experience. To teach others is to welcome them into one's life.
So I was going to put up a post about how to download youtube videos without software. Then I figured, "I should do some reading about the legality of doing this before putting it up." Long story short I discovered that it is not
legal to download youtube videos unless 1) the youtube website allows you or 2) you are the original uploader.
“Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.”
Well, I guess you learn something new everyday!
Labels: ethics, technology
So I haven't updated in a while, and I've been mulling over the prospect of changing the theme of the blog. In the past, I was almost exclusively focused upon theology. But as of late, I feel like I've been learning a ton about a whole slew of other things - math, psychology teaching, programming etc. And it's been enough that I've wanted to share some of it.
So, the plan is to start posting again, and perhaps eventually to migrate to wordpress (because I want to learn how to work with that a little more).
So here's the newest theme of the blog: No black boxes. What does it mean? I'm not sure where I got the idea, but I always have associated "black boxes" with unknowns. "This works, but I don't know why." But one of the biggest things I've learned/been reminded of is that a rational God has created the universe and populated it with people who are made in his image, who are rational themselves. That means that what I see as a mysterious unknown (ie a black box), really is understandable, provided that I put in some work to do some thinking about it.
This isn't to say that it's possible to completely understand everything (to "comprehend it"), but just that it is possible to understand it - to get a better picture of what actually is going on.
So that's the goal, and along the way I'll post different things I've learned here and there. We'll see how everything goes.