Of Design, Agency, and Blenders
deconstructed blender

Through my blender-fixing experience, I gained a deeper understanding of what Dr. Clapp means by maker empowerment and how I could increase agency by tinkering with the things around me.

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Bing Crosby, Design, and Meaning Making

Note: This post was cross-posted on talkingaboutdesign.com. Thanks to Amanda Riske for her excellent editorial review! ​Over the past few weeks, I have revitalized my crush on the RadioLab podcast–specifically the currently airing series “Mixtape.” I was hooked from the first episode, Dakou, when host and producer Simon Adler starts the series describing the introduction of the Walkman to a […]

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AECT: Responsive Professional Development

Today I presented a paper I wrote about how design principles informed the work I did for my dissertation–a responsive professional development program that ended up having to respond to COVID-19 school closures. The result was an unexpected stress test for the design principles. The figure below outlines the theoretical structure of the program, with […]

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AECT Epistemic Fluency

Want to participate in an activity on epistemic fluency? ​Join below or follow this link: padlet.com/warr1/mhs5mwi8ujsdtqyu Read more about this approach! “Seeing Things Differently”: Using Diverse Representations to Promote Epistemic Diversity and Fluency Fluency in the application diverse epistemic approaches can help individuals develop a deep understanding concepts. By combining multiple ways of interacting with an […]

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Creativity, Learning, and . . . TECHNOLOGY!
variations on Scratch's number block band

This week, I asked my students to draft a “learning, teaching, and technology statement.” Their thoughts and insights pushed me to think more about my own beliefs. Although I have been exploring the relationships between learning, creativity, design, and teaching, I hadn’t ever articulated where “technology” fit in. (A bit ironic, seeing that I am […]

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Teachers as Designers: Epistemic Diversity and Sensemaking Amidst Indeterminacy

Thanks to the help of family, friends, and faculty and staff at Arizona State University, last month I officially graduated with a PhD in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies. My dissertation entitled “Teachers as Designers: Epistemic Diversity and Sensemaking Amidst Indeterminacy” included three journal articles (one published, two to be submitted soon) about my work on […]

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Harnessing the Rapids: Teacher Identity, Design, and COVID-19

This piece was cross-posted on TalkingAboutDesign.com and SilverLiningforLearning.org The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths. Herman Hesse (Siddhartha, 1922) I love lazy […]

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Designing for Systemic Change: Self-Driving Cars?

This post was originally shared on TalkingAboutDesign.com Can designing systems be done piece-by-piece, or does it require revolutionary design? Let’s start with two parallel stories of automobiles. Story 1: Waymo In September 2012, Sergey Brin, a Google executive tasked with leading Google’s autonomous vehicle program, suggested autonomous cars would be available to the public in five years. […]

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Design, Perspective Taking, and Systems Thinking

I recently published a piece of systems change in education with Steven Weiner and Punya Mishra. Read more here. Weiner, S., Warr, M., & Mishra, P. (2020). Fostering system-level perspective-taking when designing for change in educational systems. Tech Trends.

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