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About mkschoen

In my previous life, I was a reporter and editor covering technology and business for sites including eWeek, ZDNet and CNET News.com. Now I’m a student working towards a master’s in library science.

YA Saves

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Influx One-Pager

Now this looks interesting. I’ve been looking at many different web sites and technologies for class, and in my practicum. One issue that seems to come up frequently is time – it takes time to develop a well-designed site. This … Continue reading

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What type of learner are you?

Oh, goodness, I’m finally emerging from a deep pile of projects, assignments, reading and last-minute schoolwork. On the plus side, I have lots of ideas that have been percolating in the back of my brain that I finally have time … Continue reading

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No, we’re not raising a generation of nincompoops

That’s what AP writer Beth Harpaz asks in this article. Railing against kids who can’t figure out ice-cube trays (their fridges make ice), tie their shoes (their sneakers are velcro), or use a can opener (their cans have pop tops), … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and Historiography

Back to that repeatedly-made point about historiography and wikipedia, here’s a fascinating example/teaching tool: a 12-volume history of the Wikipedia entry on the Iraq War. This is historiography. This is what culture actually looks like: a process of argument, of … Continue reading

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I’ve been doing a lot of YA reading in anticipation of an upcoming class, and one thing I’ve been struck by is how depressing it all is. Death, depression, drugs, suicide, pregnancy — these kids have truly horrible lives. In … Continue reading

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Larry Sanger interview

Slate has an interview up with Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger (and editor -in-chief of rival encyclopedia site Citizendium) This part particularly resonated with me: Wikipedia has finally awakened in people an understanding that even carefully edited resources can frequently be … Continue reading

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