The Pixel Painter

Every time you’re tempted to complain about your tools or feel that technology is holding you back, just remember that all of this was created with MS Paint by a ninety seven year old who doesn’t see so good any more.

Creativity is all about working within your limitations, thereby escaping them.

Douglas Rushkoff’s Mindful Lens on Technology

Douglas Rushkoff presents an interesting perspective on computing in the classroom over at Edutopia. He talks about why making technology invisible in learning isn’t necessarily a good thing. Well worth a read.

I was raised back in the day when teachers showed 16mm films in the classroom. It was a special event: the A/V librarian would wheel in an aqua-colored Bell & Howell projector, one of us nerdy types would wind the film through the various rollers, the screen would come down, the lights would go off and the magic would begin. Even the most boring film was still surrounded by this specialness, which set it apart from business-as-usual in the classroom.

Read the article on Edutopia

Chase Jarvis and Zoe Keating on Perfection vs Imperfection

This is worth a look. Chase Jarvis (photographer and blogger extraordinaire) and Zoe Keating (cellist and indie musician) have a conversation about the role of imperfection in music (and all art). If you don’t know Zoe Keating, she uses technology extensively to improvise music, essentially, with herself in an extraordinary way.

Zoe makes an interesting point at the beginning of the show – she says that she became bored with the endless pursuit of perfection in classical music, and that in that environment, music became ‘dead’ for her. If you appreciate music, technology and a good discussion about the way that artists can work in the 21st Century, then this video is worth a watch.