This blog offers commentary on developments in our increasingly networked world, and how it is coming to affect education. It is primarily intended for an education audience, in identifying critical technology, social, and pedagogical trends and their implications. But basically I write here about whatever happens to interest me. I use a lot of tree, network and organic metaphor/analogy to describe the the process at work holding these bitz together. There is method behind this madness:

Gingko leaf large“Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.Such are the differences among human beings in their sources of pleasure, their susceptibilities of pain, and the operation on them of different physical and moral agencies, that unless there is a corresponding diversity in their modes of life, they neither obtain their fair share of happiness, nor grow up to the mental, moral, and aesthetic stature of which their nature is capable.” - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

About the blogger

I’ve chosen to write this part in third person - why? It felt better.!
Paul Reid was born in Scotland and calls Edinburgh his spiritual home. He has spent two thirds of his life in Western Australia and was slightly Japaneseified for three years in between. But Perth called him back to be amongst family and friends. He lives in an inner-city apartment surrounding by parkland with his wife Emma, son Charlie and couple of lovely dogs Salt and Pepper. Currently he works for an IT company and with schools around Western Australia running workshops and online communities that serve to help schools successfully integrate ICTs into their teaching & learning environments.

Paul and Emma

He has been a web designer, teacher, job broker, film festival director, and continues to search for a satisfying and varied working life. He has won awards for a 3D short film and skateboarding documentary. He once explained to a Japanese TV audience of 2 million that comparing a short film to a Hollywood film was like comparing fresh sashimi to a Big Mac.If you’d like to get in touch, by all means please do. Being a social and friendly animal, he’d love to hear from you whatever the reason.


Let me be clear on something: this is a personal site and the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own (unless I’ve nipped some quotes or ideas from other people via network osmosis). So what I want to say is, this site is in no way connected with my employment, past or present, and absolutely nothing I’ve written should be taken as expressing or implying anything on my employer’s behalf. Why would it anyway?


col·o·phon [kol-uh-fon, -fuhn]–nounA colophon, in publishing, is a brief description usually located at the end of a book, describing production notes relevant to the edition. The term “colophon” derives from the Late Latin colophon, from the Greek κολοφων (meaning “summit”, “top”, or “finishing”). It should not be confused with Colophon, an ancient city in Asia Minor, after which “colophony”, or rosin (ronnel) is named.

This blog is hosted on a cheap but reliable server DreamHost somewhere in the Nevada desert. It’s backbone is WordPress a blogging system which is now almost a CMS. I’ve loved and tweaked themes for this platform since 2001. A variety of plug-ins keep it afloat and dynamic. I maintain it using Text Wrangler, Transmit, Pixelmator, and Skitch mostly. Mac OS X is home to these.

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