Author: wiobyrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

Change Blindness

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #376. I worked on the following this week: The Dangers of Unchecked Algorithms – A Review of Weapons of Math Destruction – Weapons of Math Destruction explores how algorithms are being used to make important decisions about people’s lives, often without transparency or oversight. O’Neil reveals how algorithms can automate…

Uncomfortable and Inconvenient Truths

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #375. I worked on the following this week: Noah Hawley’s Dystopian Thriller Anthem – A Review – Noah Hawley‘s latest novel Anthem offers a disturbing yet captivating vision of a near-future America plagued by political strife, climate disaster, and teenage suicide. The Power of Empathy in an Age of Division…

Nurturing The Network

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #374. I worked on the following this week: Examining White Privilege and Racism – A Review of White Fragilty – The work behind this book was recommended to me by good friend Paul Garbarini. Published in 2018, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo examines the reasons why white people tend to…

Collaborative Ideation

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #373. I worked on the following this week: Promoting Informed Citizenship in a Connected World: Advancing Media and Information Literacy – As I previously indicated, I’m working on some research with Doug Belshaw and Laura Hilliger on the future of media and information literacy. Here is the manuscript we submitted…

More Human Than Human

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #372. I worked on the following this week: Integrating AI in K-12 Education: Navigating Ongoing Debate – While AI technologies present exciting possibilities for improving learning, concerns about the moral implications, student privacy, and the proper application of AI tools in schools continue to exist. AI technologies should enhance, not…

A Soft Apocalypse of Truth

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #371. Hey all, it’s good to be back. I’ve had a busy summer, and there are a bunch of things happening, so let’s get into it. Generative AI Hackathons I was involved in two different generative AI hackathons. The first of which focused on Education and the Future of Work.…

Compounding Optimism

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #370. This summer has been busy as I’ve been coaching my son’s volleyball team, heading away for work, and renovating our garage. As a result, issues of DL have been spotty over the last month. I’m going to step away from the newsletter and disconnect for the remainder of the…

Plagiarize The Brain

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #369. 3-6-9, damn, you fine Please subscribe if you want this newsletter to appear in your inbox. I’m also posting the newsletter to Substack for a bit. Reach out and say hello at hello@digitallyliterate.net. Cormac McCarthy On The True Meaning of The Road As this week began, I spent time…

Think Feasibility, Not Adoption

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #368. The air quality mess is starting to move down here to the southeast of the US. Thinking about those of you that have already experienced this up in the north. Please subscribe if you want this newsletter to appear in your inbox. I’m also posting the newsletter to Substack…

Discerning Accuracy

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #367. I worked on a bunch of stuff in the background. More to come soon. Please subscribe if you want this newsletter to appear in your inbox. I’m also posting the newsletter to Substack for a bit. Reach out and say hello at hello@digitallyliterate.net. You Don’t Hate Books: The Simple…